maltings meets: Jay Foreman
Ahead of the return of his show in January 2021, we caught up with cheeky Jay Foreman about his work, song inspiration and what he got up into during lockdown.
Hi Jay! We’re so excited for the return of your show ‘Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children’. For those who haven’t seen you, tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.
I’m a singer of six-stringed silly songs. My guitar and I have done bits and pieces on radio and telly over the last few years, but my favourite thing to do is perform live in front of people. I enjoy doing my family-friendly show the most, because the kids give the best and most enthusiastic reactions. They love the gross stuff so much more than the adults.
Your song topics range from Caterpillar Sick to Potatoes, where do you find inspiration from and which songs prove the most popular on the setlist?
Inspiration for a song can come from almost anywhere. Perhaps the best source of silliness is my nieces and nephews – the daft things they say could nearly all be turned into songs. My most popular songs are the ones that require audience participation, especially the one where everyone in the room makes disgusting barfing noises. (Come along to the show to find out what that’s all about!)
Has lockdown inspired any new music?
When I’m not a musical comedian, I’m a YouTuber, and I’ve spent lockdown working on lots of new silly educational videos. So, although there’s no new music, there’s lots of fun videos to watch. Visit my YouTube channel to watch.
Where is your most favourite place to perform?
Farnham Maltings, obvs!
What can the audience expect from ‘Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children’?
It’s a whole hour of my very best songs for families – some old, some new. Warning: Some of these songs are too gross for grownups! I’m a little rusty after no shows for so many months, but I’ve been practising my scales and warming up my voice (sorry, neighbours!) so I’ll be good and ready in time for 22nd November! Look forward to seeing you all then!!
Jay Foreman’s Digusting Songs for Revolting Children performs in our Great Hall on Sat 30 January, 11am & 2pm.