Hip-hop comedy genius is a true Gentleman

Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

Following an excellent night at the Dalton Rooms last Friday where Brighton’s The Correspondents and Lancaster’s Sound Assembly rocked the stage well into the night, organisers Lancaster Speakeasy have announced another show at the venue on May 18.

From Surrey, and with a decade of gentlemanly caterwauling under his belt, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, AKA Jim Burke, brings to the city his own brand of “chap-hop” – re-acquainting hip-hop with the Queen’s English with the help of a banjo.

The former member of Britpop band Collapsed Lung, most famous for their football track Eat My Goal, and their 1995 cover of Elastica’s Connection, became a gentleman rapper in 2007.

His live recitals have earned him plaudits, “hip-hop comedy genius” said The Telegraph, “Mesmerising and sublimely funny” said Andrew Collings from BBC6 Music.

Entry is £10, and doors open from 10pm until 3am, with DJs Roc Vicar, Mr SoMuch and Odylic Force.

Tomorrow night and Saturday night, The Dukes DT3 in Moor Lane are hosting an indie rock weekend with local band Cry Baby Airplanes headlining the latter.

More than 10 young bands and artists are confirmed and the events are open to any young people between 13 – 19 years.

The events are free, but no alcohol is allowed. From 7pm until 10pm each night.

On Saturday night, The Civil Wars play a sold out show at Lancaster library.

The duo’s star has risen massively over the last few months – ensuring yet another set offamous feet are treading the carpet at what is surely the city’s, if not the North West’s, most understatedmusic venue?

The spring season of guest nights at Garstang Unplugged starts with Brooks Williams, who plays a fiery guitar, has a rich and silky voice, and writes hook-laden songs, according to the organisers.

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-03-12) for full story.