Nov 24th: Henry Mormal, Andrew Graves, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Independent Electric Group proudly presents Henry Normal

Born in St Annes, Nottingham in 1956. Now lives in Brighton with his wife, the screenwriter Angela Pell, and their son, Johnny. He is a writer, poet and TV and Film producer and founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival.

In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television. He co-wrote and script edited every episode of the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family.

With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan’s Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve’s live tours and the film The Parole Officer.

Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1999 Henry Executive Produced all, and script edited many of the shows of its seventeen and a half year output during his tenure as MD.

Highlights of the Baby Cow output during this time include
Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle , Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge,

Since retiring in April 2016 Henry has written and performed two BBC Radio 4 shows “a normal family’ and ‘a normal life’ combining comedy, poetry and stories about bringing up his autistic son. He is currently writing a book on Autism for Two Roads publishers ‘a normal family’ drawing on his family experience

Henry performs poetry at Literature Festival’s around the UK and has three recent poetry books out ‘Staring Directly at the Eclipse’, ’Travelling Second Class Through Hope’ and ‘Raining Upwards’.

Also appearing will be Chesterfield Labour Club favourite Andrew Graves. Andrew is a poet and writer who regularly performs his work throughout the UK. He has appeared on TV and radio on a number of occasions, being featured on programmes like 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews Show and the BBC 4 documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. He has performed alongside Henry previously as well as the likes of John Hegley and Sleaford Mods. His work has been praised by comic book legend Alan Moore. Following on from his first Burning Eye Books collection, Light at the end of the Tenner, he is now touring with his latest book and show God Save the Teen. He is also a film fanatic and regularly runs film courses at The Broadway cinema in Nottingham. These have included The Killing Joke, a history of screen comedy and Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down, an appraisal of working class cinema.

Opening the night, Independent Electric Group’s resident geniius Ichabod will be reasserting his reputation as the best goddam songwriter in town.

Amazing line up with door entrance held at the usual bargain price of £5 – great bar, venue and crowd. See you there

Aug 25th: Poet & The Loops, Jimmy Andrex, 4FoW, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Following a fantastic night in July featuring great music from Lorraine Lucas, Poke o’Swedgers and Ichabod, along with a stunning poetry set courtesy of Amy Kinsman, Independent Electric Group returns in August with another tip-top line up.

This month we welcome the driving forces behind Northern Beat Poets Association and Electronic Music Open Mic, Poet and the Loops and Jimmy Andrex.

Poet and the Loops is the brainchild of Martin Christie, in which he combines live electronic music with sung/spoken word to convey worlds that include giant slugs, dangerous drinks and storms of the cosmos. A meeting point between Edgar Allan Poe and gloom synth, there is also humour and lightness of being in the Poet & the Loops approach. Martin is also responsible for the nationwide success of Electronic Music Open Mic nights

Jimmy Andrex returns to Chesterfield Labour Club for what is becoming an annual appearance and having recently been nominated for Best Spoken Word at Buxton Fringe Festival for Town, a sketch in words and music of the souls on our streets who have endless stories but refuse to be cute. Jimmy is the co-founder of Wakefield’s legendary Red Shed Readings and host of the equally brilliant Hot Banana nights in Holmfirth.

Regular contributors to the Electronic Open Mic Music nights and based in Alfreton, 4 Floors of Whores take inspiration from all things electronic as well as composers such as Ennio Morricone, Steve Reich and Max Richter, the band describe their style as ‘genre-fluid’, aiming as much for the head as for the feet.

Knitting all these elements together will be the resident genius of the IEG Presents nights Ichabod. With the debut album edging ever closer, Ichabod will again be summoning the spirits of Cash, Cave and Elvis and putting his unique stamp on those influences to create magic.