Thursday, 19 December 2019

2019: A Momentous Year

Phew what a year for
Liver & Lights

Starting off with 
a new pair of shoes
for Copper,
 meeting the world
in March at the 
Star of Kings.....

 In June
we  finally played a long awaited gig at  Tate Britain!

A New Backdrop and  a new suit specially sewed for
the occasion... 
Sold out and bouncers turning people away!
We wish it were always thus!
I think most people who came thought 
it was a great gig tho...Big Thank You for
all you who turned out  and especially those who
brought cash and bought our
Brand New Album:

The New Album is available still, should you be short of Xmas gifts...

as are all our four albums in Vinyl, CD and download
and lots of other stuff...books tshirts badges and more books...

In fact, FOUR new  books made this year too!!
Including one one paperback 
containing the story of Mickey and all his
beautiful Glove paintings
...only a tenner, stuffed with colour

over 100 paintings illustrating the
One Shoe Mickey Project,- here is 
one I sold...sad to se any of them go really, 
but I feel the Mickey project is
complete on to new things in the New Year

and Three hand made books I printed.
This one below, The Burger of Truth totally carved from
rubber stamps and given away free at the Totally Brilliant
One Shoe Mickey exhibition at Hart Club Gallery   
in Westminster Bridge Rd
 where we 
also played  a fantastic and very memorable gig....

Here is the Amazing  Hart Club Gallery window
with the Mickey costume, 
made of 200 dropped London Gloves is Liver & Lights No 59  in production during my 
Hart Club Residency...more details about this next year

Whats going to happen next year?


We have plans for vinyl singles,
new songs, new books...
maybe even another house tour?
We will be hopefully be doing House gigs over 
a few weekends late spring early summer..
if you want us to come and play in your house, garden,
studio, shed or cellar...let us know and we
will try to fit you in!

Happy Xmas and New Year to all who have come to gigs, 
bought albums and generally supported us over a momentous year
lots of love,

OS Mickey
Hurricane Mike
Wingco Mullean
Admiral lord Biscuit
Prince Nawros
Bird Radio
and Arthur Bently


Thursday, 10 October 2019

bonesandtheaft / Glove Paintings at Hart Club

Hart Club
Liver & Lights
the Legendary 
Glove Paintings 
One Shoe Mickey,
and other works
by him,
collectively  comprising

Liver & Lights No 56 - 58

Hart Club 
95 Westminster Bridge Rd

Thursday 14th - Sunday 24th November 2019

Opening Hours
Thursday - Sunday from 11am - 7pm

Private View
Thursday 14th November 6 - 9 pm
(A free copy of Liver & Lights No 58 for the first
30 visitors on the night…)

with live performance by 
Friday 22nd November 2019 at 7 pm


Liver and Lights is the collective name for the many interelated projects 
of the artist John Bently,
including, paintings, mischief, poetry, props, 
stage sets, costumes and legendary musical performances 
with the band bonesandtheaft, also incorporating 
the Liver & Lights series of artists publications, 
being 58 volumes in 38 years so far.

The current Liver and Lights project is called 
One Shoe Mickey and started out three years ago as a
 collection of lost gloves found on the streets of 
London and made into a costume.

The costume, when worn by the artist, becomes 
transformed into  the character One Shoe Mickey
a  heartbroken former refugee.  
His sanity seemingly unravelled by the horrors of the Long Road, 
he  believes the gloves are his lost family.  

Renowned filmmaker Chiara Ambrosio 
filmed  of him forlornly trudging the  wealthy Bloomsbury streets attempting to reunite 
the gloves with their lost partners, which you can see here:

Back in his cardboard home,  
he makes many paintings of the gloves which he hopes 
will help to reunite them with their lost partners. 
In doing so Mickey receives a mysterious revelation 
that there is a One True Glove somewhere out there 
in the city that will unite all the 
gloves and heal all the divisions in the world by 
melting the borders between nations, creeds, colours and religions.

The band bonesandtheaft, empathising with his plight,   r
ecently created an album of songs to tell his story, 
with Mickey’s words  set to music composed by Ian Mckean. 
They also  created  two books containing all the 
lyrics and the paintings made by Mickey, 
being Liver & Lights nos 56 and 57.

This exhibition  at Hart Club gallery contains all 
the paintings made by Mickey and a new book written by 
him being 

Liver & Lights No 58:The Burger of Truth

…which will be given out Free to the first 30 
people who come to the private view on 
Thursday 14th November 2019  6-9 pm

Bonesandtheaft will also give a special performance 
of  the One Shoe Mickey song Cycle 
and other   favourite tunes on 
Friday 22nd Nov at 7 pm

…..But the most amazing thing is how these books 
come to life through  bonesandtheaft, 
the performance wing of The Liver and Lights Scriptorium, 
in which Bently and his band play 
out the texts as songs as he enacts these characters while dressed in wonderful costumes”   S Bodman AN Mag

“John Bently declaims his compelling poetry 
while guitarist Ian Mckean and drummer David Beschizza
Fearlessly zigzag through punk anger and 
energy, progressive time shifts and classical 
guitar transcriptions of Alexander Scriabin. 
Exciting stirrings from the literary and musical DIY underground” 
Froots June 2016

“A scavenger of social archaeology”  Brixton Blog/Bugle  

“A mythical metropolis inhabited by a teeming population of sharply drawn, 
richly detailed  characters”. Aiden Dunne. The Irish Times

Hart Club is a new gallery in SE1 championing 
neurodiversity within the Arts. 
We commission original artwork that focuses 
on collaboration and celebrating 
the intersection of ideas and differences 
in artistic approaches and ways of thinking. 
Hart Club’s focus is to inclusively represent 
neurodivergent artists to make and exhibit w
ork as a means to building confidence, community 
and wellbeing. We also work to facilitate 
collaboration and forge working relationships 
between established artists and talented 
neurodivergent artists so as to explore the benefits 
of this creative exchange.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Brixton Bugle

We have a little review of our new album 
in this months issue of
local paper The Brixton Bugle....
which is very welcome obviously.
As is the way with all reviews about us, it seems, 
a number of key details are wholly incorrect.....
Please do not be put off by reading that
The Late at Tate Britain 
wherein we are launching our album is 
solely for 18 - 25 year olds..
It is organised by a collective of 18 - 25 year olds...
(and they do a fantastic job...) but its open to all..
Secondly, they have left Bird Radio off 
the list of members of the band...poor old Mikey!

Be assured..he is on the album and 
will be appearing with us on June 7th.

Its pretty near all tickets gone for that
so if you still want one you need to let me know quick
as I have just got back some returns from people
who now can't make it...but only a few!!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Late at The Tate (Britain)


will be performing live at

(as part of 
Late at the Tate)  


In the Library Reading Room
on the ground floor behind the toilets
(where my talk was before Xmas…)

Its a free event but limited to 100 people
so you will need a ticket to get in...

If you definitely think you want to come to the show
please  email me now  with your postal address and I will 
post you some lovingly hand printed souvinir tickets!

There will be a limited amount available on the door 
on the night……

The music starts at 8pm sharp…
Although tickets will be available at 7 pm on the door…

There's lots of other stuff happening for you to see...
Art, DJ's, poets, performances and food and drink
all over the Tate and its open till 10 pm!! 

The show will be the official launch of our new book and album:

Mickey: A London Song Cycle

Liver & Lighs No 56 is available from here:

bonesandtheaft? Mickey.Our brand album is available 
as CD or download from here:

Thursday, 18 April 2019

at the TATE again.....

As you were!
will be officially launching their new record
during a special live performance at
as part of the amazing
Late at the Tate 
series of events

Its a free event and its in the Library Reading Room
on the ground floor behind the toilets
(where my talk was before Xmas...)

Its a free event but limited to 100 people
so you will need a ticket to get in...

If you are definitely coming email me now  
with your postal address and I
will post you some  lovingly hand printed tickets!

There will be a limited amount available on the door
on the night but I can't guarantee there'll be any left.

The music start sat 8pm will be available at 7 pm
on the door....there's lots of other stuff happening for you to see...
Art, DJ's, poets, performances and food and drink
all over the Tate and its open till 10 pm!! 

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Mickey album finally available!!!

Liver & Lights No 57 is:

“Mickey gets things all mixed up,
the front is back, the taking’s giving.
His brain can’t take the stress, 
cant take the strain of modern living…” 

         A limited edition signed CD:        
£10 plus £2.00 postage
Please order now!!

paypal at:

Cheque  payable to: 
liver & Lights  
(by post to  229 Railton Rd, London, SE 24 0LX)

Bank details for direct payments  on request from:

Ian Mckean: Guitars, keyboards   
Admiral Lord Biscuit : Drums   
Arthur Bently: Alto Saxophone 
John Bently: Words, vocals  
Bird Radio: Flute, Keyboards

Music mostly composed by Ian Mckean, 
with additional Ideas from 
Bird Radio,  Arthur Bently and Lord Biscuit. 
Track two : Music by A. Scriabin. ( Prelude No. 5 Opus 11 ), 
transcribed for guitar by Ian Mckean. 
Words by John Bently.  
Cover Photos by Chiara Ambrosio

“undoubtedly the bands masterpiece…..”   

Based on the  poems recently published as 
Liver & Lights No 56. One Shoe Michael; 
A London Song Cycle, 
we are proud to finally deliver  to the world 
a brand new album of thematically 
linked songs relating to the life and times 
of the mythical One Shoe Mickey, 
a former refugee now living in London.  

Mickey has taken a bang or two in his hard life, 
and his brains are a bit  scrambled, but not his heart. 
His heart has been made more human by his hardships 
and his odd pronouncements seem, despite their mixedupness, 
to make more sense  than any politician.

Mickey sets out every day from his cardboard home
 in search of the One True Glove, reputed to be lost somewhere
 in the ancient and mythical city of London.
These ten songs tell of his daily trudges
 along our well trodden streets, 
searching, always searching, for his lost family, 
among the fallen  gloves and trodden  snails of London.

These songs also commemorate some of the people he meets 
along the way; their infinite capacity for kindness, and selflessness 
despite their daily struggle.

Liver & Lights No 56. One Shoe Michael, 
containing all the lyrics and Mickey’s glove paintings  
in full colour reproduction, 
is still available for £10.00Special Offer!!  
Buy the Book and CD together for only £15.00 plus £2.00 postage…

If you've already paid...I haven't forgotten the post shortly!!!!