© Copyright 2006, Eddie Lawler. All rights reserved.
poet & playwright
Here are postings of comments and reviews. Please feel free to get in touch.
Tracking The Brontes
"We both found the idea captivating, the story was engaging and absorbing – came away feeling that we had got to know the Brontes from a new and quite intimate angle… the
singing was beautiful. That worked splendidly in the church. More of the same!"
"Just seen a great musical interpretation of the Brontes by Eddie Lawler, love this painting by his wife Olga too!" Nick Holland, Bronte author
From Whitby U3A: "Many thanks indeed for your presentation it was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative session which admirably mixed the light-hearted and serious content, and drew attention to many different facets of the life of the remarkable Bronte family. Your presentation was much appreciated by all who came along and got our new 'season' off to a very positive start."
From Ryedale U3A "a huge thank you for your wonderful presentation on the Brontes , as Marjorie mentioned in the vote of thanks you highlighted a lot of information we did not know and presented it in an entertaining way."
Two Tykes On T'Loose
2017 at "Shaggy Dog Stories" Hebden Bridge: "Rod Dimbleby and Eddie Lawler at the Stubbing Wharf on Friday. It was a pleasure to watch two craftsmen at work."
2016 at Brighouse Arts Festival
"Just a short Email to say how much we enjoyed your performance with Rod last night. I thought it was an brilliant evening and the two of you complemented each other so well I do hope that it is repeated – I imagine that there is so much material that you two could go on for hours !!!"
2019 at Dewsbury U3A
"We enjoyed your music....Thank you for taking the time to pass on your talent to others, both musically and in terms of dialect."
Comment from USA on album "Saltaire'll Do"
"Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed the CD... My personal favorites were Canal Child, Hello Love and the Meaning of a Star. All the tracks are great listening though."
Scalby folk weekend 2019
"your playing on Saturday afternoon was very well received.
Everyone loved your clever and inventive songs.
What a great set, we loved it.
All the very best from Pete and the Scalby Folk Weekend team"
Concert with Fiona-Katie Roberts September 2011
"Many thanks once again for last night – thanks to you both for providing such wonderful entertainment for us. I can honestly say it was one of the best social occasions we have had in recent years."
Preview from the Topic Folk Club (where I appeared 27 May 2010)
"Eddie Lawler Saltaire-based balladeer with a wealth of songs of wit and wisdom, notably about Bradford and its surrounding area. From the the mysterious Baildon Sky Rocket, to the Scandal of the Hole in the middle of Bradford and, further afield, from the Tyne's Millennium Bridge to the massacre of Glencoe and much more. Listening to Eddie has been described as "...like sitting by the fire in the pub being entertained, his witty observations charming you more with every drink."
Anonymity can be good for you! From INNSCENE issue 355 21/10/09
"The jam session at the Junction... One guy was performing original songs... which captivated me along with the rest of the people... His lyrics were masterful... full of humorous ditties. One was about the Bradford Beck, another about the Baildon Sky Rocket..."
Folk At Wuthering Heights Stanbury, October 2009
"Thanks very much for the great songs last night. You are a wonderful performer and I'm sure everyone enjoyed it. There were some very fine songs indeed."
"What a lovely gig" "Many thanks for introducing Eddie ... he's just brilliant." "I hope Eddie can return soon his songs were brill! He's very talented and entertaining, Great Night."
"Eddie Lawler's just ... WOW !!!"
Cowling Cottage Concerts April 2009 (with Fiona-Katie Roberts)
"...a note to say thanks for yesterday evening and how much I enjoyed the concert. The two performers, although so very different, complemented each other perfectly."
Otley Walking Festival 2011
"It was a great evening - beautifully MC'ed by you - the three Otley guys with their fantastic harmony singing - your son's playing - the performance poets and rhymers - and, of course, your own singing and guitarmanship! All fantastic."
Saltairy Tales 2005
Below are some of the comments received from the audience after the premiere of my musical ‘Saltairy Tales’ at the Saltaire Festival 2005:
"Historical Show gets Rapturous Reception" Telegraph & Argus,
“We really enjoyed the musical. It had terrific pace, poetry, rhythm.”
“The ultimate theatrical experience for all concerned, including the audience and including those members of the audience … who are not part of the locality … The overall tone and feel, the values that ran through – right on! Thanks for an admirable night.”
“Congratulations on your show – very enjoyable – erudite but held a large audience. Loved the Shut it and Someone Else’s Hands numbers in particular…”
Reviews of Saltairy Tales 2005
“I really enjoyed the show; it was fun and I loved the variety of music and wit of the lyrics.”
“Thanks again for the super entertainment!!”
Review of my CD "The Baildon Sky-Rocket"
Saltaire based musician, Eddie Lawler makes a distinctive form of contemporary folk that merges humorous observation, social commentary and traditional themes. He already has two albums at our service and has written three musicals with themes related to Yorkshire. Here on his third album, Eddie finds us at a crossroads of change in the way we live considering the contribution past and future to our sustainable society. Of course as always with Eddie, the album doesn’t just consider one theme, he looks broadly at our lives and experiences with songs about Emily Bronte, the welfare state and the Massacre of Glencoe.
On this album Eddie’s guitar and voice is completed by keyboards and backing vocals. The settings help the listener to focus on Eddie’s always astute lyrics that can move from the whimsical to the serious in the same song. The songs are never confrontational; Eddie is far more subtle than that. It’s like sitting by the fire in the pub being entertained, his witty observations charming you more with every drink.
The songs are in a range of styles, from simple acoustic folk through to music hall. But at their core is the communal observation that runs throughout the tradition. Eddie’s lyrics and vocals stand out. This is someone singing about the world around him and able to see the humour around us. At a time of profound social change, we need a positive creative outlook more than ever.
And Praise in Verse (in Eddie's native language) The Minstrel of Saltaire (by AW)
He’s one o’ t’ Becks, he says,
But not of beer or football fame.
The murky source o’ t’ family name
Lies underneath West Yorkshire’s cloggin’ clays.
This land-locked lubber, far from t’ sea,
Thrives, so he says, on good salt air.
“Come up and see our county fair,
Then bugger off, be wom wi’ thi.”
An’, sod ’em all, those Lancy loons,
Our purrin’ Yorkshire bulldog croons,
In rhymin’ verse an’ dulcet tones,
Ed-ee, bah gum, ’e spares no bones;
From Frizing Hall to Bradford Tyrls
The tuneful torment skips and skirls.
He tempts wi’ a smile, a bit like Wilde,
But bitter’s this lad’s drink, not mild.
Hallucination’s in his game,
Not mushroom juice, but drawn from t’ pot,
And Baildon chips wi’ vinegar, just a spot,
A pinch of salt, an t’ rocket’s all aflame.
Come down to earth,
He’s had you for a ride,
He’s spared the birds and tree tops, too,
But not Ma Thatcher, Blair or Bushes I and II.
The bells, the bells, his brazen cause.
He’s retied rope an’ rejoint tower wi’earth
In owld Ti’ Salt’s reformed united church
But keeps on skippin’ wi’out pause.
On t’ Tyne or t’ Wear he shines a star
For ladies lined up three a bar
To shape their hips to t’ silken tongue
O’ t’ Yorkshire Silver’s soothing lung.
And like the piper famed of old
He’s less on t’ track of filthy gold
Than t’ soaring tones of children’s glee
Who join him on’t Saltairy spree.
So, sup up lads, and give a cheer
For Ed-ee, bah gum, his voice is clear,
He’s freed up t’ Beck, measured Devil’s girth
And told tha tale wi’ melody and mirth.