These guys need no introduction. Back for their third performance at the Maltings this September, we caught up with them about their brand new show, what it is about Farnham that they love and their run-in with former UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall!
What can we expect from the show?
In the past we’ve made shows about climate change, a show called ‘Stop UKIP’, and a show about inequality, the wealth gap and revolution. This is not a political show. It’s a show about love, friendship, and healing divisions. Well, and a bit of politics. And a great joke about geese.
What is about Farnham that you love?
We love the Farnham Maltings. They’ve been so supportive over the years, having us stay in Farnham to develop shows and rehearse – even helping sending us off to Canada in 2016. Other than that, definitely the William Cobbett pub. We have written a lot of songs, played a lot of pool and drunk a lot of beer there. Then there’s William Cobbett himself, the leftwing political firebrand of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. He attacked the government regularly, and was constantly accused of libel by his foes. We really see eye to eye with that old geezer. OH ALSO Farnham has one of the best guitar shops (Guitar Village) in Britain – it’s where Jonny bought his 3/4 size electro-acoustic Taylor – those guys are pretty awesome.
What is it about bastards that you hate?
For a show about unity, we may have slipped up on that particular part of the title – but nevertheless, life is about light and shade, love and hate and we cannot have one without the other. Also aren’t bastards just a bunch of bastards? Everyone hates bastards, right? Do they? We do. Do we? To be discussed in the show.
You’ve previously incurred the ire of former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall. How did that come about?
Paul Nuttall, who was then deputy leader of UKIP, and later leader of UKIP, and now nothing – got very annoyed with us when we called our 2014 tour ‘Stop UKIP’. We thought it was a funny joke, and the party of ‘free speech’ wouldn’t possibly try to get it banned. After all, that would just make them look stupid! Well – they did. As Paul Nuttall himself said: “I’m all for free speech, but this show should not be happening”. Sometimes the stuff just writes itself.
Does your new-found loving philosophy extend to him (Paul Nuttall)?
See second half of show title.
Jonny & the Baptists perform in the Cellar Bar on Fri 20 September at 8pm. Book tickets.