Bowhill Theatre is set to play host to John Watterson who will bring the songs of Jake Thackray to life in his show, The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray.

Thackray was a teacher come singer-songwriter from Yorkshire who would not only inspire his pupils but future generations of musicians.

Jake's songs are firmly and recognisably rooted in the English countryside, character and language.

They are also painfully funny, sad, tragic, rude, irreverent, incisive and happy, and often enough all these things at the same time.

In short, they are unique.

In nearly 30 years of performing he made over 1,000 radio and TV appearances ranging from a topical song in magazine programmes to broadcasts of live concerts on both radio and television.

His EMI catalogue produced seven albums between 1967 and 1991.

Jake Thackray gave up performing in the 1990s and died on Christmas Eve 2002 at the age of 64.

He left behind a collection of songs unsurpassed by any contemporary songwriter or poet, the songs of a craftsman whose lyrics, melodies and accompaniment are as relevant and appealing today as they ever were.

John Watterson's show, on Friday, September 22 will air some of Jake’s forgotten gems, capturing the unique Thackray guitar style and his iconic satirical lyrics.

Helen Currie, House and Events Manager at Bowhill, said: “We are excited to be welcoming John Watterson for what will no doubt be a fantastic show."

The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray tickets cost £12 for adults and £10 for under 16s and can be booked by calling 01750 22204 or

A pre-theatre supple is available to pre-book for an additional £13 per person.