Hugh Metcalfe

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Hugh Metcalfe
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Background information
Origin England
Occupation(s) Musician, Filmmaker, Poet, Club Promoter
Instruments Guitar, Violin, Percussion

Hugh Metcalfe is a musician and filmmaker from London and Suffolk, England. He is best known as the promoter of The Klinker in London, a club 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, The Cross-Dressed Quartet and Fuck Off Batman. He also performed with noted sound poet Bob Cobbing, saxophonist Lol Coxhill and dancer Jennifer Pike in Birdyak, up until Cobbing's death in 2002.[2]

Metcalfe's experimental film work began in 1978,[3] 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.

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  1. ^ Cowley, Julian (March 2005). The Wire (253).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ King, Doreen (2003). "Poetology": 55. 
  3. ^ Cowley, Julian (March 2005). The Wire (253).  Missing or empty |title= (help)