Parodies from the Peak District

Biography

Since moving from London to Glossop on the edge of the Peak District, Andy has been adapting to life in the north.

Detailing his daily struggles with the help of an acoustic guitar and a songbook of popular tunes to twist to his own ends, Andy's parodies cover everything from late night retail excursions to life on the road for a low budget comedian.

Andy's 2020 online-only fringe festival show, "Andy Quirk's Parodies from the Peak District," is part of the festival program for Buxton, Morecambe and New Mills Festivals this year. Featuring costumes and green screen powered visuals, it can be viewed here from July 1st.

Reviews / Awards

Awarded 'Best Musical Comedy' at the 2020 Morecambe Fringe Festival.

Andy Quirk’s work adapts well to the online format as music videos with a twist. Now resident in Glossop after escaping from years of teaching in London, Andy uses his observations of northern life to provide material for his songs which are cleverly worded to the tunes of well-known pop songs. Most are hits from Andy’s youth and he raids the dressing up box to come up with a different outfit, and wig, in each video, although it's doubtful that's what he wore when he was clubbing in his twenties. Andy introduces each video with a short commentary explaining where the idea came from; it appears creative inspiration can strike anywhere, even the supermarket (you’ll have to watch to find out!). Teachers especially will find that his rendition of Valerie, inspired by a cultural visit to Liverpool, strikes a chord. And it’s definitely worth hanging on for the bonus videos at the end. Georgina Blair

Viewer comments from the Buxton Fringe website
SO funny!!!
Very funny parodies especially of The Smiths and Amy Winehouse, well worth watching!
Brilliant! Don't miss the bonus features
we watched this as a family and loved it, great show, very funny
Lots of fun!
Loved the Friday night song. Very funny show.
Fantastic, loved every minute. Got the choice right - brilliant, laughed right through it. Will be telling everyone to watch. Hope you watch my play. 'Sounds Like the NHS.'
Great fun! Hope we see you for real next year, Andy!
Loved the show - see you down in Glossop when things ease!

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