So what exactly is The Cutty Bang? Is it an open mic cabaret show or is it a relentless quiz with no prizes or even right or wrong answers?
Musicians, performers, poets and artists are invited to perform and participate under the eternal Malcolm Hardee caveat. Audience members, either real or imagined, will have their knowledge of dead darts players and dead horses tested until a small knitted character screams accusatory profanities, bringing an uncomfortable halt to proceedings.
Live colouring in, dadaist poetry recitals along with the anointing of popes happen more often than not. Expect to see a fur suited polar bear setting the world to rights, a bum ghost attempting to explain his crisp-based fetishes and a man singing an ode to his bag of wind.
Previous editions have seen Chris Stewart, aka ‘the master in alabaster’, in action with audiences sat back aghast to personal revelations. The thinking man’s Daniel Kitson was last seen shooting down an audience interruption with a torrent of sedimentary rock-based put down’s without missing a beat.
Ryan Siddall, aka ‘Bugman’, on his last visit belted out a full set of sublime post-punk masterpieces, literally jaw-dropping! I suggest you check out Anoracksicks from Burglarize This! and Pylons after Pylons from Volley Chimp.
Matt West, aka ‘Ian West’, delivered an amazing set despite the screaming donkey voices in his head – sure they eventually got the best of him, but we soldier on.
Danny Falana, the Las Vegas lounge singer, also crooned his way through the hits as both ladies and gentlemen swoon under his magnetic glare. Think Andy Kaufman meets Bob Mortimer meets a young Frank Sinatra for one night only.
The Cutty Bang Cabaret Show VI takes place at Musiclounge, Stockton on Sunday 10th December – and it’s free entry. The event is perfect for fans of Arthur Cravan, Jacques Rigaut, Julien Torma & Jacques Vache.