Adam Stafford and Alan Bissett are set to revive a decade-old collaborative work – at the behest of Falkirk Council.
‘What The F**kirk’ was originally conceived in 2015, as a humorous and wry spoken-word performance about the history and culture of Falkirk – with subject matter ranging from from John Knox’s hard chair of repentance via the Industrial Revolution, to Arab Strap’s late-90s exile.
The words come from award-winning author and playwright Alan Bissett, best known for his books Boy Racers and Adam Spark, while the soundtrack is by Adam Stafford – once frontman of Y’all is Fantasy Island, before making several acclaimed albums, including ‘Imaginary Walls Collapse’ – longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award, and which was followed by the acclaimed ‘Taser Revelations’ and ‘Fire Behind the Curtain’.
The two have collaborated previously, on Stafford’s award-winning short film ‘The Shutdown’, with words again by Bissett and music by Stafford. This short, based on an incident which saw Bissett’s father injured in an accident at Grangemouth Oil Refinery in 1987, won both the Jury and Audience Awards for Scottish Short Film at the Jim Poole Scottish Short Film Awards
The pair will perform ten shows around the Falkirk Council area as follows:
Tuesday 23rd Jan, 7.30pm, Denny Library
Wednesday 24th Jan, 11am, Bainsford Community Centre
Wednesday 24th Jan, 7.30pm, Slamannan Community Centre
Thursday 25th Jan, 7.30pm, Grangemouth Town Hall
Friday 26th Jan, 7.30pm, Behind The Wall
Saturday 27th Jan, 7.30pm, Bonnybridge Community Centre
Sunday 28th Jan, 7.30pm, Ettrick Dochart Centre
Monday 29th Jan, 2pm, Action Group – Elgin Park, Falkirk
Monday 29th Jan, 7.30pm, The Plough Hotel, Larbert
Tuesday 30th Jan, 7.30pm, Barony Theatre, Bo’ness
Stafford also plays solo shows at the Tolbooth Cafe in Stirling on February 10th (matinee) and the St. Vincent’s Chapel All-dayer with Fuzzbat Promotions in Edinburgh on March 2nd.
And his new single,`Large Print Western’, taken from forthcoming LP `Daylight Slavings’, is out now.