Gavin Osborn and Chris Tavener

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The Bill Murray, Islington, United Kingdom


Gavin Osborn and Chris Tavener bring their witty and charming story songs to The Bill Murray, on a Sunday afternoon. Let’s face it, afternoon is the new evening, and it starts at 3 so you’ve even got time to enjoy a roast dinner beforehand. 

“A comfort blanket for post-Brexit alienation” - The Observer (on Gavin Osborn)

“An interesting lad with an elastic turn of phrase"" - Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music (on Chris Tavener)

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With five acclaimed studio albums under his belt, singer-songwriter Gavin Osborn should be swimming in a sea of royalties and bathing in a bathtub of banknotes. But who needs that, right guys? He would rather tour the UK in his Vauxhall Zafira, to play small acoustic gigs in intimate rooms to a menagerie of misfits. 

Regularly touring the UK and Europe, he's also a festival favourite (Latitude, Green Man, End of the Road) and known for his storytelling shows with Daniel Kitson (Stories For The Starlit Sky). Gavin is lucky enough to have worked with the likes of Isy Suttie, Grace Petrie, Josie Long and Molly Naylor. He also once supported Belle And Sebastian on tour. 

Featuring life-affirming, funny, personal and political songs, including some from his latest record, 'Echo Bridge', which The Observer called “One of 2017’s most relatable releases and a comfort blanket for post-Brexit alienation”.

'Funny and touching' - Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times.

"Frustrated, angry, bewildered and aware of the utter ridiculousness of a world that has moved past your point of understanding" - The Guardian

'In true Loudon Wainwright spirit, he sings about serious things without taking himself too seriously. Splendidly sad tales of unrequited love and some proper protest music. Genuinely brilliant' - eFestivals

Chris Tavener is the witty, satirical songwriter saying things that everybody thinks, but nobody says. Rock ‘n’ roll infused with comedy. Folk dipped in satire.

“Comedic genius” - Pop Culture Pipebomb 

Chris has been known to play as many as 350 gigs a year, making him one of the most hard-working singer-songwriters in the UK. He’s had endorsements from Carl Barat of The Libertines, Will Ferrell’s ‘Funny Or Die’, Paddy McGuinness, Jamie Lawson and Steve Lamacq of BBC 6 Music. Steve has played Chris’ tracks four times on national radio. 

Originally from Northwich in Cheshire, Chris began writing and producing demo albums annually from age 17. He writes storytelling songs about the ironic comedy in everything from drunken romance, celebrity worship, football hooligans and small town problems.In the past year, Chris has performed at Glastonbury Festival, The Great Escape, Latitude Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe to name but a few. 

In 2017, he recorded his first live album in two back-to-back, sold out shows at Manchester’s Three Minute Theatre. He followed that up with a national tour, which included dates supporting the likes of Peep Show’s Super Hans at Manchester Academy. His new album and DVD are set for release in early 2018. 

"An interesting lad with an elastic turn of phrase" - Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
"Nice set. Kinks-y vibes" - Carl Barat, The Libertines
"Brilliant!" - Jamie Lawson


The Bill Murray
39 Queen's Head St
N1 8NQ
United Kingdom