‘An angry, smart and funny man.’
Terence Blacker is a songwriter, singer and author who has sung and read at festivals, clubs and theatres in the UK, Europe and America.
He was already an established author when he started writing and performing his songs in 2009. His musical storytelling – offbeat, funny songs capturing the lives of modern-day misfits and outsiders – quickly found a following at folk clubs and festivals. Cover versions of one of his early songs ‘Sad Old Bastards With Guitars’ have been played around the world and on YouTube, where a video based on the song has had almost 21,000 hits, it was described as ‘truly a really great song’ and ‘No 1 – just the best’.
The show Taboo-Be-Do!, created by Terence to celebrate the often surprising history of politically incorrect music, was performed with guitarist Derek Hewitson and singer Victoria Hart, at venues including the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, and the Hay Literary Festival. It was later the basis of a two-part BBC Radio 4 documentary of the same name, written and presented by Terence.
Bringing together story and song, Terence took his one man show My Village and Other Aliens for a three-week run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival, being described as ‘an accomplished Fringe debut’ by the Independent.
Terence has released two CDs of his songs, Lovely Little Games in 2012 (‘Brilliant,’ The Word blog) and Sometimes Your Face Don’t Fit in 2016 ‘(‘Very funny,’ Acoustic Magazine), with a third Enough About Me due to be released in 2018. He has recently performed at The Crazy Coqs and The Pheasantry in London, as well as at folk clubs and festivals across the country.
His most recent book is Racing Manhattan, a novel for teenagers (***** ‘I LOVED this. It was a perfect mix of National Velvet, Black Beauty and Seabiscuit,’ Aoife Lawlor, Goodreads), which will be published in America in 2018.