Next gig: 23rd March – Union Chapel, N1

Hi all

AFH return to the stage on 23rd of March 2019, for one of those lovely Daylight Music sessions. We’ll be playing songs from the new album ‘Not From Above!’, featuring a few friendly guests and reading some extracts from the book. Should be a lot of fun! Also on the bill, the wonderful Fiona Bevan and others.

Daylight Music is a free lunch-time concert, and starts at midday. Hope to see you there!

Alex x

AFH DJ Set: Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 9th Nov

Who doesn’t love those spinning black platters, chiefly the type that matter? Yes, I’ll be playing a rarer-than-hens-teeth DJ set at ‘Brace Yourself!’ – a night of singing and cabaret and dancing hosted by my good compadres in ChapsChoir. I’ll be among the merry throng singing some fun songs in the ace Bethnal Green WMC, along with SHE Choir, Len Blanco and others. Then self and comrade Rob will be playing an all vinyl 7″ set of daft disco, synthpop and various rug-cutting favourites. Absolutely no blow-wave or tech-house, but you’d guessed that 🙂 .

Advance tix here (for a darling discount)

Live performance, Sunday 27th August … in a tiny box!

Hi all,

This Sunday, 27th August 2017, I’ll be performing at Folk in a Box in the Barbican Centre. Taking the idea of an intimate gig to its logical extreme… a single audience member gets a gig-for-one… in a box. ‘Now wait just a minute there,’ I hear you say, ‘since when did Mr AFH have any songs even passingly folk-some in nature?’ Your reservations are well taken, Madame, well taken…

Instead of Cecil Sharp-approved balladry, I’ll be reading a couple of stories from the forthcoming AFH album + book “Not from above”, with a light musical backing. How does that sound? Lovely. Hope to see you there!

More details on Folk in a Box’s Facebook page:



Concert: Words and music, Guy and me…

Spring has sprung, a nation is convulsed, every flower-strewn path is bestrode by mediocre political hacks, their hearts black and full of empty promises… So what’s the medicine? Music and words my friends, words and music!

Come to the Tin Tabernacle
I will once again be performing music with the inestimable London wordsmith Guy Sangster-Adams, showcasing some great new compositions we’ve been collaborating on. Poems with a beat, songs with wit, call them what you will, but make sure you catch us performing them in front of a battleship inside a tin church. That’s our entertainment special pledge to you all…

GSASo mark your diaries: Friday May 26th, from 7.30pm.
The top-notch bill also features delectable hosts (and Biba legends) Delisia and Chris, with music also from the wonderful Mike Nisbet.

Vote art! Book now!
(You can grab a ticket here)


“Guy Sangster-Adams combines a poet’s eye with an art rocker’s ear to offer brilliantly observed and subtly woven, lyrical and pop cultural romantic tales.”
Murray Lachlan Young, poet, broadcaster, BBC6 Music poet-in-residence

Photo: Guy Sangster Adams and Alexander Mayor, shot by Paul Kelly

“The Map is not the Territory” ~ a night of stories, films and music

Hi everyone,

Just to announce what should be a great little show at The Horse Hospital on Tuesday 18th October. AFH will be performing some songs and telling some stories at ‘The Map is not the Territory’, featuring author Geoff Nicholson, writer/raconteur Travis Elborough, some great vinyl DJs and more. There’ll be spoken word, music, short films, DJs, maps, walking, it would be lovely to see you there! 😉

More details and ticket booking links here: Horse Hospital.

Ziggurats and daisy chains: a musical soiree…

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 21.43.15… for the february-curious!

Yes it’s a gig with a difference… an entertainment-strewn blend of spoken word, polite punk choiring, and infectious pop music.

You’re in good hands with:
Fax Telex – the latest brainchild from pop’s whizz kid Tim Ten Yen.
Piney Gir – our good friend Piney appears, in a warm up for her US tour with Gaz Coombes of Supergrass.
AFH – our lot performing in micro-acoustic format with some story-telling thrown in the for good measure.
The Hackney Secular Singers – a choir from East London who’ll be throwning in some punky vocalising.

MC’d by Kevin Reinhardt – a celebrated wit of London’s poetry scene, and pro-bingo/karaoke doyenne.
DJing from Mr Travis Elborough – writer and film-maker

It’s all happening at Paper Dress Vintage by Hackney Central. You should be there. There are cool clothes and excellent beers too.

AFH full band show: 14th January – Slaughtered Lamb


Alexander’s Festival Hall play a full band show at The Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, on Thursday 14th of January. Lovely little joint. There’s comfy seating and a contemporary drinks selection. Nothing too pricey, which will be comforting news to those who’ve had to “go large” on a Sylvanian Families Cottage and Volkswagen set for a thankless god-niece this Yuletide.

Doors at 7.30pm. Be lovely to see you there!


“To the Fore” out now

to the foreAFH recently collaborated with performer/poet Guy Sangster Adams on four musical poems, short vignettes of love and loss, encompassing the grey possibilities of the seaside, fumbled first beginnings, and memories of a look that changed a life forever.

You can buy “To the Fore” on iTunes, Amazon and from many other fine electronic retailers… Many thanks to the Horse Hospital for hosting our launch party on Tuesday 1st Dec. A wonderful and supportive arts venue in the heart of London, which is of course under threat from rapacious developers. If you can support them in any way, there are details of their ongoing campaign on their website.


Horses, poetry and performance – 1st December!

winter-1Cor… cold innit? Why not come warm yourself up at The Horse Hospital on the 1st Dec 2015… where AFH and performer/poet Guy Sangster-Adams will be debuting an EP collaboration called “To the Fore”. Four musical poems, available soon from Spotify/iTunes/Amazon and all good digital stores.
AFH will be playing a short support set with the micro-acoustic-storytelling team, there’ll be some lovely records from Travis Elborough and some recent photography from Guy, Travis and Isabelle Sarginson Allen.

Reserve your free ticket here: eventbrite.
Map: Horse Hospital (nearest tube: Russell Sq.)

Many dankes Berlin!

Well, that was one lovely show in Berlin’s famous Sudblock venue last week! (Friday 6th November 2015). Effortlessly capturing the Berlin wit, November Depression is hosted every year by the charming Christiane Rosinger, a luminary of many fine German bands and independent labels to boot. A show, a quiz, a sing-off, prizes and much tanzen, it’s an entertainment arrow aimed straight at the misery of winter.

As this was a nearly-solo show AFH enlisted the help of local visual artist Astrid Rostaing to open the show with a heliumized recollection of a lost but wonderful summer, a story from the forthcoming AFH album and book “Not from above”. Then it was a quick whirlwind tour around a few songs old and new to open what was a lovely evening that reminded one that really, a good show is always about variety and ‘Variety’…

Vielen dank!
Many thanks to Thomas Venker for organisation, to Jens Friebe for the Telecaster, to Julius Beltrame for some fine photography, Sarah Szczesny for the mid-80s Tokyo-Sound and Marc and Andy at Ragu for the best recovery food known to man… Some photos, including from the Editions-Fieber launch of Claus Richter’s amazing soundtrack, and an excerpt from the night’s opening story below…

Four women, poetry, music and horses…?

ToTheForeTo the Fore (EP) – Guy Sangster Adams

AFH has teamed up with writer/poet/performer Guy Sangster Adams, to create four tracks of love, lust with healthy doses of “it’s complicated”. Guy has written four  mini-dramas documenting seaside lust, confounded romance and that particular longing that hits you as the sun dips below the horizon. AFH has crafted musical settings for each from elegant piano tinkling to peppy pop…

The EP will be available on Spotify/iTunes/Amazon in December and we will be performing it for the first time at The Horse Hospital, Tuesday 1st December. AFH will also play a short acoustic set and there will be some deletectable vinyl spinning from Travis Elborough and much more besides.
We’d love you to join us…

Free! Reserve your seat here: ebEventbrite.

Micro-set in Berlin: AFH at Sudblock 06.11.2015


AFH is appearing at a small show in Berlin this Friday. Winningly entitled NovemberDepression, this little solo set will attempt to encompass the manifold of human misery in the best way we know how: popmusik.

Come and say ‘hallo!’ if you’re in Berlin. It’s at Sudblock. Starts 9pm. Freitag, 6th November.


rBONUS DJ set: Thursday 5th November
AFH will also be spinning some 7″ platters-that-definitely-don’t-matter, at the Claus Richter / Edition Fieber launch party, 5th Nov, Smaragd Bar, Prinzenallee 80 13357 Berlin, from: 9pm–. You can find out more about Richter’s wonderful soundtrack and vinyl art piece here: Edition Fieber


AFH micro-story-team show: 28th September!

Hi all,

Just time to mention a hastily booked appearance on Monday 28th September at Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston. It’ll be a reappearance of AFH in story-team form. We’re playing with Piney Gir who have a new double A-side out. It’s a lovely venue, and we’ve got our fingers crossed the piano is in tune 😉

There’s a map here, it’s right by Dalston Kingsland station:

Hope to see you there!


It’s probably about time for an AFH show – How’s 21st March 2015 sound?

alex=bwAloha! It’s time for something on the board-treading front so come join AFH Acoustic Story Team for a slightly different kind of [makes air quotes] “gig”. I’d let you in on a few more details but that would be a touch previous, as at this point we’re still brainstorming in the ideas lounge, lost some steps among the gnarled roots within the forest of possibility… I’ll get Clive to ping you an update, first thing Monday, promise.

Mark your dance cards for the Specks in the Sky, at the Slaughtered Lamb, Clerkenwell, 21st March 2015. Doors 7pm.


Next AFH live show! Chat’s Palace, 2nd Nov 2014

Hi all,

Next AFH live show will be at the lovely ‘Famous Times Live’ a Sunday afternoon session at Homerton’s Chat’s Palace. Doors 4pm, and once we know our stage time we’ll let you know!