Labour evening with Attila The Stockbroker & John Forrester
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm



Attila The Stockbroker

The Tom Thumb Theatre are delighted to announce that the poetry punk legend that is Attila the Stockbroker is coming to Margate!


Launched into the public consciousness by Radio One DJ John Peel in 1982/83, he has spent 35 years touring the world as a self sustaining DIY one man cottage industry, performing well over 3000 gigs in 24 countries and releasing 40 LP’s/EP’s/CD’s and 7 books of poetry.


In 2015 Attila published his autobiography “Arguments Yard” celebrating the 35 year anniversary of his first gig.


A regular at the Glasonbury Atilla has also hosted is own ‘Glastonwick’ festival for over 20 years, bringing a combination of live music, radical poets and comedy neatly combined with a real ale festival to West Sussex.


When not touring the land as a solo act Attila can be found fronting own his band Barnstormer, combining medieval instruments and music with punk rock to create a truly unique sound. Seek them out without delay.


Attila is a sharp tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his word hard hitting, his politics unashamedly radical.


This is a performer not to be missed!


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John Forrester sings songs of travel, adventure, lust, discovery, friendship, love & weather. A fine performer with an easy relaxed delivery, a warm openhearted voice, an unshowy guitar style and an infectious personality. Having toured Europe extensively his songs have a strong sense of location & motion.


Forrester arrives in Margate on the back of his new album ‘Restless’, released in February of this year.


As well as his own shows, he has opened for many artists including Show Of Hands, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Nick Harper, Rory McLeod, TV Smith, Sonny Condell, Robb Johnson, John Kirkpatrick and Fate The Juggle.


Forrester weaves together folk-rock with an Americana feel to create a distinctive and immediate sound.


A top performer to kick off what is sure to be top night!


Back to The Jazz Age with Kai Hoffman
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


Before beginning The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot immersed himself in the hotbed of American ragtime, swing & blues music: Montmartre, the hippest part of Paris after World War I. These new, syncopated sounds influenced the beginnings of the highly experimental ‘Roaring Twenties’ in everything from poetry to performance art. Chanteuse extraordinaire Kai Hoffman will take you Back to the Jazz Age in an immersive cabaret evening dedicated to T.S.Eliot, and the songs and sounds of the jazz and dance halls of Paris following the Great War in the perfectly vintage setting of Margate’s Tom Thumb Theatre.


American-expat Kai Hoffman is a jazz singer, producer and recording artist based in east Kent. She has presented live jazz, swing and vintage music-based events for over a decade, including the new Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Festival (2017) and London Time Out Critic’s Choice club night ‘Live & Let Jive’ at Ronnie Scott’s – “London’s coolest hepcat hangout” [The Stage], also featured in Metro and the Evening Standard (2008-2016). Kai has performed all over Europe and in the USA, including the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, London Jazz Festival, and the European Jazz Expo.


Mexican street food event
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 10:00 pm


We will be cooking up a storm in our courtyard

Saturday (28th) Lunch & Dinner

Sunday (29th) Lunch & Dinner

Expect delicious home made mexican food/cocktails & performance


PINK SUITS with special guests
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
pink suits Poli-Rock Show… with special guests!

pink suits are a Poli-Rock (aggressive/genderfuck/political rock) duo creating live performance crossing the genres of music, dance, theatre, and film. They explore the pressures of and frustrations they feel with the gender roles they are expected to play. It is a resistance of these roles. pink suits share the performance space, share their clothes, share their frustrations and their fantasies. 

The Poli-Rock Show is queer cabaret of music, performance art, and dance. Come join us and enjoy the beautiful, the grotesque and the silly. Everyone welcome! 

‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ with Charlie Partridge
May 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


A storytelling comedy show about a man who fell in love with a woman who wants an open relationship. With vocal looping and beatboxing.

Charlie Partridge has appeared on Radio 4, BBC Three and 6Music.

This is his debut solo hour.

Guitar Night
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Dave, Matt Tone
Another evening to showcase both the electric and acoustic guitar in range of
different musical styles from the blues, to rock, to folk, to jazz, to original
Fingerstyle wizard, Dave Reay will join jazz guitarist, Tony Hudd to bring a very
varied programme of music to the Tom Thumb. They will be aided and abetted
by Gay Reay on vocals and by Mateuz Gocek on bass guitar.

May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Naïm Amor has been living and playing music in Tucson since 1997, after a move from his native Paris. He has constantly shifted in and out countless musical scenarios over the past twenty years, from solo act to leading small combos to leading big bands; from playing jazz to French pop to southwestern themed originals to rock n’ roll and his signature ‘Soundtracks’ recordings. In addition to his long running on and off again Amor Belhom Duo, he’s been on the edge of the Calexico orbit since their early days, has played with Howe Gelb and Friends of Dean Martinez. His latest album, ‘Moments Before’, recorded by legendary producer Jim Waters, includes collaborations with John Convertino (Calexico), Thoger Lund (Giant Sand), Tommy Larkins (Jonathan Richman) and Nick Coventry (Hot Club of Tucson).
Jazz at The Tom Thumb
May 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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A real first for JAZZ AT THE TOM THUMB when we will have a sax double-
header. Phil Smith and Mark Hutchins have an almost telepathic rapport
between them as well as boundless enthusiasm for all things to do with the
saxophone and with Jazz. Tony hudd will be on guitar and Clive Fletcher will be
on double bass. The sparks will fly.

May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


“A deeply atmospheric cut, echoes the soft darkness of Daughter.” – DIY


Following spellbinding performances at Cambridge Folk Festival and Secret Garden Party last summer Kerry Devine announces the release of her debut album ‘Away From Mountains’ on 11 May via Trapped Animal.


‘Away From Mountains’ is profoundly inspired by the Fenland landscape and the stillness and history that inhabit the ancient and wild fens in the East of England. As Devine expands: “When you’re there and you’re still you can hear so many different sounds, so many different layers, so I wanted to create something that sounded like that, that had the depth and the richness but also very sparse. This place comforts me, I wanted to create a kind of sound womb that the listener could come into and be comforted too.”


Recorded live in the stillness of night in an empty Northamptonshire church the album exudes a haunting quality. Inspired by artists such as John Martyn, Devine’s ethereal vocal – which has raised comparisons to Beth Orton – is used as an instrument, interweaved with simmering strings and acoustic guitar. A self-proclaimed audiophile ‘Away From Mountains’ also includes samples of nature and sounds of human existence such as trains pulling up and old barrels being played as drums.


Lyrically nature is also omnipresent throughout ‘Away From Mountains’, often used as subtle metaphors for Devine’s own inner conflicts married with themes of nostalgia, death and rebirth and the passage of time. Lines in the Landscape, for example, chronicles how the Fenland fields once belonged to the sea, but since banishment by drainage there’s a foreboding sense of pull-push between land and water. In parallel, the song deals with unrequited love, of falling for someone who isn’t falling for you and the sense of being stuck in an emotional no-man’s land just like the water. Closed Roads deals with the death of a friendship and also the aging and dementia of Devine’s Grandfather with reflections on the cycle of life.


Over the last 18 months, Devine has been honing her sound whilst playing live with performances at Fête De La Music Festival in Rennes, France and UK festivals such as aforementioned Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival. She has also performed various shows across Ireland and the UK including a performance at Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room as support to Nadine Shah and Eliza and the Bear. She has garnered early support from Amazing Radio (“An amazing talent far beyond her years. A haunting melodic sound.”), BBC Radio Cambridge and BBC Radio 2, with Mark Radcliffe including Devine’s music in his Folk Playlist 2017.


Following the successful release of album teasers Work You (as premiered on DIY) and Vehicle which was released as a double-a side single with Maija Sofia, both out in January this year, Devine’s long-player ‘Away From Mountains’ will be released on 11 May (12” vinyl/CD/digital) via Trapped Animal. The album was recorded in Fotheringhay Church in Oundle Northamptonshire by Jes Kerr, who also mixed the record, and mastered at Metropolis, with the exception of Work You which was produced by Benny Turner and Closed Roads which was recorded by Benny Turner at Chime Studios in Peterborough.

Suicide Notes… the spoken word of Christopher Brett Bailey
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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a different-every-night, shouting & reading show… stories, poems and black humour. Bailey’s words deliver a linguistic kaleidoscope of caustic cartoons, crackpot prophesies and demented erotica. verbal diarrhoea, dirty jokes, venomous poetry, and tall tales that corkscrew deep into nightmares. tonight he is a voicebox and a microphone and nothing more: a potty mouthed poet, a reverend with a forked tongue, a standup comedian from hell, delivering a symphony of verbal adrenaline and twisted humour, a dense, poetic blend of the hallucinogenic and the hardboiled, a live action short story collection for the depraved, the depressed and the death obsessed.



May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm


It’s very hard to tour topical material these days. For multi-award-nominated musical comedy stars Jonny & the Baptists, it’s been a real nightmare. Every time they try to write something silly about the world, the world does something even sillier.
Either way, this spring they’re coming to Margate with lots of new songs (and some old ones) to try to make sense of the mess.
★★★★ ‘Wickedly amusing’ The Times
★★★★ ‘Spirited comedy… broad, daft and punchy’ Guardian
★★★★ ‘Brilliant – the closest thing the fringe has to rock gods’ Fest
TERRY & GERRY Labour fundraiser
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Terry and Gerry – the bastard offspring of Lonnie Donegan and Buddy Holly, with a diploma from the Billy Bragg school of social politics.”

BBC disc jockey and avid fan John Peel promoted this band when by chance he picked out their demonstration tape because his wife’s best friends were also known as Terry and Gerry. Formed in 1984 by Terry Lilley and Gerry Colvin in the mid-eighties the four piece band (with Su Richardson on washboard and Mick Howson on guitar) released six singles and one album “From Lubbock to Clintwood East”. The band toured extensively in the UK, Europe and America gathering fans from Joe Strummer of The Clash to Shane MacGowan from The Pogues.

The band recorded four critically acclaimed sessions for the John Peel show. Terry and Gerry regularly appeared on radio and TV, including sessions for ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ and ‘The Tube’, they wrote numerous theme tunes for Central TV and were the subject of a 30 minute documentary by the legendary film maker Norman Hull, which aired on British Television in July 1986.

Almost 30 years later, in 2014, the band reformed to take part in a nationwide tour that celebrated the life of John Peel. A new EP was released, “Dear John”. Since then they have supported the mighty Status Quo, played at Glastonbury several times and taken their skiffle/rockabilly sound around the country. Terry and Gerry continue to thrill audiences with their unique sound, infectious punk-skiffle and biting lyrics, performed on double bass, two battered guitars and a washboard!



Steven Cooper

Steven returns to Thanet bringing his own brand of acoustic Folk/Punk and promises a riotous start to the evening.

Having previously played with the likes of Blyth Power and The Whisky Priests Steven now spends his time going out as a solo act or with his band, Steven Cooper and the Charlies.