Kid Creole and the Coconuts to perform in Liverpool in charity tribute to ‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk

One Man’s Story, is based on the life of Eddie, a world-renowned musician who grew up in New York and performed with legends such as Al Green and James Brown before settling in Liverpool

Bongo Eddie Folk
‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk, a world-renowned musician who grew up in New York before settling in Liverpool


Merseyside charity Genie In The Gutter is celebrating its 10th anniversary by taking over Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall in the autumn as its produces their first major musical theatre production with a special live set from 80s chart-toppers Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Genie In The Gutter supports people in recovery through creative and performance arts and the show, on Friday September 7, will see its clients employed as actors, musicians, set designers and stagehands, alongside seasoned theatre professionals.

One Man’s Story, is based on the life of ‘Bongo’ Eddie Folk, a world-renowned musician who grew up in New York and performed with legends such as Al Green, James Brown, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts, before finding his home, and love, in Liverpool.

The production explores his against-the-odds success story, from his upbringing in Brooklyn in 1950s America, his rise to the top of the charts as a world-class percussionist and vocalist, and the years he spent living in Liverpool.

It also tells the true love story of his relationship with Genie In The Gutter director and One Man’s Story writer Carolyn Edwards, and the grief and creative awakening she has experienced through her connection with Eddie since he died in 2016.

Based on Rodney Street in Liverpool city centre, the charity helps more 150 clients every year to recover from their addiction and reclaim their lives, empowering them to lead a meaningful and fulfilling future.

Its impact, which sees it benefit the region’s economy by reducing the strain on the NHS, law enforcement and government services, has helped it garner multiple awards, including the prestigious Mayor’s Award for Social Innovation.

Kid Creole and and Coconuts
Kid Creole and and Coconuts will perform at Liverpools Philharmonic Hall in September


Ms Edwards, said: “We are aiming to raise funds with this production so that our charity continues to thrive, helping those who need the service for many years to come. Through the involvement of our own clients the production also reflects the essence of what we do at Genie In The Gutter.

“This is also a hugely significant personal project for me, and a tribute to my dear Eddie, who had, and continues to have, a huge impact on the lives of so many people.”

Directed by award-winning director and producer Jen Heyes, the show contains a special live set from Kid Creole and the Coconuts, with whom ‘Bongo’ Eddie performed for over 30 years.

The band is coming together to pay tribute to their former bandmate and friend, and to show their support for the incredible work of Genie In The Gutter.

Kid Creole and the Coconut had a string of hits in the 1980s, including Annie, I’m Not Your Day and Stool Pigeon.

August Darnell, frontman of the group, said, “We travelled the world together and tripped the light fantastic… Eddie’s extreme sense of humor soon became a tonic for me, and for the other band members. He was the life of the party.

“I miss Bongo Eddie for numerous reasons, far too many to list here. But if I had to list the pre-eminent reason I would say this: he was my friend through thick and thin.”

Tickets for this one-off show are available now. Call 0151 709 3789 to book, or click here for more details.

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