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This special, one-off gig for Gulbenkian Arts Centre features Pere Ubu, David Thomas and the two pale boys and Rats on Rafts, all introduced by Bob Holman.

On 11 Feb 2022, the influential and highly respected Pere Ubu will be presenting an exclusive evening of wall-to-wall music and poems with their own version of ‘Canterbury Tales.’

Their visionary front man, David Thomas, says, “Canterbury to California, Chaucer to Kerouac. The Road beckons.” He adds the advice, “Hang a left.”

Pere Ubu’s latest box set, ‘Nuke The Whales,’ (Fire Records) is due to be released in the Spring 2022. Their set will include songs from that release, including ‘Carnival Of Souls,’ (as used in Netflix hit ‘American Horror Story’), ‘Why I LUV Women,’ ‘Lady From Shanghai’ and the rock opera, ‘Long Live Pere Ubu.’

Bob Holman, founder and world renowned owner of the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC, will be introducing the evening and participating sporadically throughout. David Thomas will be wearing both caps – both as lead singer of Pere Ubu and as lead singer of David Thomas and the two pale boys. The acclaimed Rats On Rafts will be flying in from The Netherlands to perform their exclusive live cover of Pere Ubu’s ‘Visions Of The Moon,’ followed by songs from their latest album.

Pere Ubu are David Thomas (vocals), Keith Moliné (guitar and bass), Gagarin (synth), Alex Ward (clarinet and guitar) and the inimitable Mr Chris Cutler on drums and percussion.  Two pale boys will be David Thomas, Keith Moliné, Gagarin and Andy Diagram (James) in a long anticipated return to their very unique songs and improvisations.

Pere Ubu: Canterbury Tales

Fri 11 February

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ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

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The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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