Spotlight Feature: Harry and Chris + Gecko 

by Polly Hember

Combining the wit, talent and modern poetics of Word Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker, smooth jazz musician Chris Read and the hilarious comic songwriter Gecko have embarked on a UK tour, bringing rap, music, contemporary poetry and hilarity to the stage.

Catching Harry Baker performing in his university town Bristol, I was blown away by the sheer amount of syllables crammed into every sentence the young poet wove on-stage. These cleverly crafted sentences were alight with hilarious one-liners, over-arching themes and stories, touching anecdotal awkwardness and much more. Having worked with each other for years, the addition of Chris Read’s musical rhythms and Gecko’s charm and character will make this tour a sight to see.  

“A combination of catchy hooks and breathtaking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour… The quality and quantity of laughs on offer is generous and yet the show is cynicism-free, the tone unapologetically feel-good.” ★★★★ - Broadway Baby 

‘”It made me instantly happy.” - Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“I think he’s quite brilliant.” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare… What sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.” ★★★★ - Broadway Baby

Catch them live –
Feb 4th The Wardrobe theatre, Bristol (Matinee performance added)
Feb 4th The Wardrobe theatre, Bristol SOLD OUT
Feb 9th All Saint’s Church, York
Feb 10th Regather, Sheffield
Feb 12th Sofar Sounds, Leeds
Feb 15th The Maze, Nottingham
Feb 18th 3rd Space, Great Orme Brewery, Llandudno
Feb 22nd Volcano theatre, Swansea
Feb 23rd Sofar Sounds, Bournemouth
Feb 24th St Luke’s, Sway, New Forest
Feb 25th St Paul’s, Cambridge
Feb 26th The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Mar 2nd The Roundhouse, Camden,
London Mar 4th Pickwell Manor, North Devon
Mar 10th Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering
Mar 11th Komedia, Brighton
Mar 15th ‘Joyride’, Platform, Southwark, London

All tickets available at Harry and Chris's website and Gecko's website.

Harry Baker and Chris Read performing 'Simple Times'

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