New Brighton Jakefest Update

A festival to celebrate the songs of Jake Thackray. Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October 2014.

The newly mastered DVD of the BBC series 'Jake Thackray and Songs' will be launched at this weekend. It will also be available on Amazon. Details of this to follow.

The event will be based at The Queen’s Royal Hotel ( which is situated on the promenade of New Brighton, Wallasey, on the Wirral peninsula, just a 20 minute train ride from central Liverpool and easily accessible from the M53 motorway. We are pleased to announce that John Watterson (a.k.a Fake Thackray, as featured on Matthew Parris’ ‘Great Lives’ on Radio 4, and at Cropredy Festival) will be one of our performers at the Saturday evening concert.

Tickets for this are just £8 and entitle you to attend any of the other concerts, talks or workshops.

All proceeds go to Wirral Autistic Community.



Friday 8.30 pm

This is a free event open to all. The evening with be an all-comers folk club-type session where anyone who performs is welcome to sing JT songs, or the songs of others, perhaps with a humorous bent. There will be an optional fun Jake Thackray quiz at half time.

Saturday 12.30 pm-1.30 pm

Guitar workshop: come along to share or pick up tips on how to play Jake’s songs

Saturday 2.00pm

Afternoon Concert (if you'd like to play please contact Malcolm at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Saturday 3.30pm

Talk by John Watterson (a.k.a. Fake Thackray) about his research for a proposed JT biography: be the first to hear what he has discovered from talking to Jake’s friends and family.

Saturday 4.00pm

Afternoon concert continues

Saturday 6.00pm

Optional carvery meal in the hotel restaurant (£6.50, booking advised, 0151 691 0101)

Saturday 7.30pm

A chance to see some of the new DVD 'Jake Thackray and Songs’

Saturday 7.45pm

Evening concert featuring Fake Thackray and others

Saturday 10.30pm

Finish (approx)


Tickets from, Phil on 07816 989207 and locally.

Lots of tickets sold so far but always room for more. Further details at

Buy the DVD

jake bbc dvd

The DVD of the BBC series 'Jake Thackray and Songs' is now available to buy online via Amazon.

'Magnificent' (The Independent)

'Jake Thackray and Songs', broadcast in 1981, captures him at the height of his powers; it paints an intimate portrait of Jake as a live artist, playing to audiences in the small venues where he felt most comfortable.

This BBC-licensed DVD, professionally produced from the original BBC masters, features all of Jake's performances from the series: thirty of his greatest songs, along with his inimitable between-songs chat and storytelling.

Also included are previously unreleased performances by three outstanding guest artists: Ralph McTell, Alex Glasgow and Pete Scott.