Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer at GuilFestBy Mike Pyle
June 21, 2012
Festivals are exciting, fun, entertaining and all manner of other adjectives but they aren’t normally considered classy.
Thankfully, for those of us who think a day of bingeing on cider is better if you start out with a cup of Earl Grey, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer will be on hand at GuilFest in July to add a bit of sophistication.
Mr B has built up something of a cult following over recent years as the inventor of Chap-Hop – rapping, or rhyming, about things like cricket, pipe smoking, sherry and etiquette, against a backdrop of hip-hop beats and his trusty banjolele.
Songs like Let me Smoke My Pipe, Sherry Monocle, and, appropriately enough for GuilFest, Straight out of Surrey, combine satire with genuine musical and lyrical talent.
He’ll be playing on the Sunday of GuilFest (July 15) on the Good Time Guide Stage and is bringing songs from his new record, released earlier this week, The Tweed Album.
Speaking to 24Seven from Chap-Hop HQ, he said: “I do love a good festival. It’s nice to just wander around the place letting people come and say hello. In many ways they’ve replaced the good old village fete.
“Although the thing that can be troublesome is maintaining sartorial elegance.
“I wouldn’t originally have thought I would become a festival favourite but it seems I have, if I do say so myself. I think it’s because I reflect how people would like festivals to be – it's fun, it’s amusing but it’s still musical.”
The Tweed Album, the title of which is a homage to the classic Beatles album the White Album and Metallica's Black Album, was released on Monday and is a full record of original songs and follows previous works Flattery Not Included, I Say and O.G – Original Gentleman.
“This one I took more time with,” he says in perfect received pronunciation. “It’s more musical and more diverse.”
While Mr B will be the classiest act at GuilFest there are a whole host of other bands and music playing the three day event at Stoke Park, right in the heart of Guildford.
Eye-catching acts include Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, former X-Factor star Olly Murs, N-Dubz singer Tulisa, girl band Stooshe, rockers Young Guns and many more across five stages.
There will also be a dedicated comedy tent a range of stalls and attractions and much more.
Mr B added: “I’m looking forward to it immensely – it will be tremendous.”
Tickets for GuilFest, which runs from Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 15, are available from www.guilfest.co.uk
Adult weekend tickets including camping start from £135.50 and adult day tickets range from £48.50 to £53.50.
If you can’t catch Mr B at GuilFest you will be able to catch him at a range of shows all over the country this summer.
“I’ve got plenty of festivals coming up,” he said. “Camp Bestival should be fun and Henley Festival too – I feel like I’ve finally been accepted by the upper echelons!”
For more information about Mr B or to buy the Tweed Album visit www.gentlemanrhymer.com