Hugh Metcalfe

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Hugh Metcalfe
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Background information
Origin England
Occupations Musician, Filmmaker, Poet, Club Promoter
Instruments Guitar, Violin,

Hugh Metcalfe is a musician and filmmaker from London and Suffolk, England. He is best known as the promoter of The Klinker in London, which he has run in various venues since at least 1982 (stories vary).[1] He plays guitar, violin, hi-hat and gas mask. He performs in several bands including Bicycle Clip Sex, The Small Faeces and Fuck Off Batman. He also performed with noted sound poet Bob Cobbing as Birdyak, up until Cobbing's death in 2002.

Metcalfe's experimental film work began in 1978,[2] and uses 8mm film methods to produce silent films, often used later as a springboard for free musical improvisation, either by Metcalfe himself or other musicians. During some of the 1980s, Metcalfe ran a record label, 'Klinkerzoundz', releasing records by Metcalfe, Cobbing, the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, and more.

The Klinker has, in its 30-year lifespan, acquired a reputation as London's leading forum for free improvisation and marginal music and performance. In December 2010 Metcalfe announced via the Klinkerzoundz website that the club would be taking a break. When the break extended to its second year, Klinker artist Raymond Shine became concerned, and encouraged Hugh out of what was beginning to look like a retirement. As of 2012, the Klinker club is up and running, and celebrating its 30th birthday.

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  1. ^ Cowley, Julian (March 2005). The Wire (253). 
  2. ^ Cowley, Julian (March 2005). The Wire (253).