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Terence Blacker’s career as a songwriter and singer has taken him to musical and literary festivals around the world, to theatres and folk clubs. He has taken his one-man show of songs and stories to the Edinburgh Festival and in 2022 launched a musical celebration/investigation into ageing in the 21st century, called “The Shock of the Old” and is currently taking it around theatres, clubs and festivals.
Since 2012, he has released five albums of my songs, Lovely Little Games (‘Brilliant,’ The Word), Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit (‘Very funny,’ Acoustic Magazine), Enough About Me (‘It put a big smile on my face,’ Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music) and Playing For Time (‘Classic folk blues in the making,’ Fatea Magazine). Recorded in southern Italy, “Playing For Time” was selected by the Sunday Times as one of its Top 100 Albums of 2020.
His latest album “Meanwhile…,” produced by Lukas Drinkwater, was released in December 2022. RnR magazine called it ‘clever, engaging, urbane’, while folking.com commented, “There’s a brilliance in the music on Blacker’s album which we miss, or underestimate, at our peril.”
It occurred to Terence that quite a few of the songs that he has written over the past decade or so have been his musical response to the something that has happened during the turbulent times through which we’ve all been living. He played them a lot at that moment but when the crisis – or fad or national nervous breakdown – passed (usually to be replaced by another horror-show), the song slipped into a bottom-drawer.
So Oh God, NOW What? will be a little musical ramble down Memory Lane – a Memory Lane full of pot-holes and dangerous blind bends. In spite of the turbulence, horror-shows etc etc, the plan is to make it a jolly evening. There’s enough stress and gloom in the news without my singing angsty songs.
On his gigs page, you can see a few dates filling up for next year – both for The Shock of the Old and for shows that will be cheerfully unthemed. Now and then he’ll be posting songs, oldies and maybe some fresh-faced newcomers, on his Facebook page.
An evening with Terence is always fun and thought-provoking so do come along to see this this pensive and quietly intriguing man of very many talents.