Gigs

Thursday 2nd October: Murphy MacLean in Luton

Debut gig for Polly's new side project, a duo with Joe Murphy from Sergeant Buzfuz (on this occasion, also featuring Éilish on violin!) We're one of the support acts for the extraordinary Simon Munnery; also on the bill at this 'Utter!' Spoken Word event are performance poets Lee Nelson, Richard Tyrone Jones and Shadwell Smith, plus singer-songwriter Amy Simpson. The Bear Club, 24a Mill Yard, Guildford Street, Luton LU1 2NR. Thursday 2nd October; doors 7.30pm, show 8pm. Entry £8 (£6 concs).

Edinburgh: Wed 20th & Thur 21st August

Polly is heading up to the city of her birth to play a couple of short sets without the rest of the band, as part of the delightful Stand-Up Tragedy series running throughout August on the PBH Free Fringe. These excellent variety shows feature storytellers, poets, comedians, musicians and others all performing work based - however loosely - on the theme of 'tragedy'. On Wednesday 20th August, Polly will have a ten-minute solo slot; on Thursday 21st August, she'll be sharing a ten-minute set of duets with Joe Murphy of Sergeant Buzfuz. The shows are an hour long and run from 7.30-8.30pm each night. Entry is free. Stand-Up Tragedy @ The Banshee Labyrinth (ballroom), 29-35 Niddry Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LG

Monday 19th May: Eurovision encore

Our annual appearance at the 'Under The Influence' alternative Eurovision night, where each act plays two of their own songs plus one Eurovision number. Hosted this year by last year's magnificent winners Albino, the event will also feature Paul Hawkins, K Anderson, Tommy Coyle, e-Cog Zero, Country Al and The gwEmettes. Under The Influence @ The Boogaloo, 312 Archway Road, London N6 5AT (Highgate tube). Monday 19th May 2104, 7.30pm, £3 entry

Monday 14th July: The Harrison

'Guts for Garters proudly present an urban folk/country evening of musical and lyrical wonder' at this King's Cross pub: featuring a 45-minute set from us, plus the very fine Albino ('whisky-fuelled misdemeanour in musical form') and The Blue Vegas ('country-style fine vocal harmonies'). Monday 14th July at The Harrison, 28 Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JF. Music starts 8pm; free entry.

Friday 22nd November: Bad Santas book launch

We'll be playing a 20-minute set at this unusual book launch for Bad Santas and Other Creepy Christmas Characters: 'a gleefully dark and well-researched' exploration of European Yuletide folk customs by Paul Hawkins (who - being a musician as well as a writer - has chosen to feature music as well as readings at his launch event). Also appearing will be Stairs To Korea, Extradition Order, Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences and Tim Ten Yen; as well as Santa Claus himself! Friday 22nd November at the Elixir Bar, 162 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BL. Doors 7.30pm; event starts 8pm; free entry.