Non Canon + Suzannah Evans plays Cherry Reds 23rd Apr

Long-term friends Non Canon and poet Suzannah Evans are set to tour a collaborative evening of music and poetry in April 2023.

Non Canon, aka Bristol songwriter Barry Dolan, and Sheffield-based poet Suzannah Evans have been friends since they met on their first day of university in 2001 and bonded over a shared love of Idlewild, Ben Folds Five and Less Than Jake. 

Since then, the pair have collaborated on lyrics, regularly caught up at each other’s live performances, and Suzannah was ‘best man’ when Barry got married.

After countless evenings spent chatting in the pub about the similarities and differences between the not-so-glamorous worlds of poetry and independent music, Barry and Suzannah hatched a plan for a tour where the two art forms could overlap, with local poets and musicians completing each bill.

Heading out on the road this April, the pair will be bringing their special evening of music and poetry to venues in Sheffield, Worcester, Bristol, London, Reading and Birmingham. Tickets are available now here.
At each show Non Canon will be playing a selection of songs about feelings and politics from his two albums released by Xtra Mile Recordings (Frank Turner, Skinny Lister, Pet Needs) and Suzannah Evans will be performing poems about future anxiety, climate grief and human expansion into other galaxies from her Nine Arches Press books ‘Near Future’ and ‘Space Baby’. 

Dubbed by the artists as “an evening of sad songs and poems delivered with good humour”, both artists grapple with some of the more melancholy aspects of life, touching on mental health issues, climate anxiety and political turmoil, but with an optimistic resolve and fun-filled approach to performance. 


15 SHEFFIELD Fly Tower

16 WORCESTER Paradiddles

18 BRISTOL Exchange

19 LONDON Aces & Eights

22 READING Rising Sun Arts (2pm)

23 BIRMINGHAM Cherry Reds

Tickets available now here.

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