The Bird Scarers

1st February 2020 Doors 7pm, on-stage 8pm

The Bird Scarers a family story in words and music. Gary Chaplin is a musician. Michael Chaplin is a writer. They are also cousins who share the same mining lineage and legacy. In this entertaining evening of words and music, readings and conversation, they investigate their family story - and finally reveal the secret of the name of their curious cousinly combo..... Michael and Gary Chaplin are cousins, both were born in Ferryhill. Michael’s father, Sid Chaplin, established himself as an author and screenwriter after his early experiences working as a miner in the Durham coalfield. Much of Sid’s work reflects working class life during pivotal moments of the last century. Michael, initially a journalist, made the leap to television and was responsible for myriad productions including “Monarch of the Glen”. More recently Michael has put Ferryhill on the map with his BBC Radio 4 series “The Ferryhill Philosophers”. Gary Chaplin was a founder member (and songwriter)of the band Penetration, which scored some early success, landing a recording contract with Virgin Records. Having left punk rock behind he now concentrates on other musical ventures. As The Bird Scarers, Michael and Gary will take you on a journey of discovery through the Chaplin family album. Expect stories, music and conversation in this unique performance.