Heath with Tony Barrell Beatles as part of “The Beatles 50 Years After The Break-Up” Tour at the Cat Club.

Heath Common is a co-Managing Director of H4H Music Publishing, a songwriter with Hi4Head records, a journalist, a broadcaster, a presenter, an interviewer and a poet. He was formaly a Head Teacher of an innercity secondary school in Manchester. 

During the last few years, Heath Common has increasingly been asked to interview musicians, poets, scholars, and other luminaries from the music and arts industries.

Heath has said… 

“It’s incredible to be on stage and allow passion to take over the room, for the audience to get that extra insight into the creative process of so many amazing artists”.


Some highlights from the last year (2019)…

The Beatles 50 Years After The Break-Up – 2019

Heath with Tony Barrell (“The Beatles 50 Years After The Break-Up” tour at the Cat Club)

Many dates to celebrate The Beatles 50 years after they broke up.

Interviewing internationally renowned Beatles scholars:

  • Ken Womack (USA)
  • Ken McNab (UK)
  • Tony Barrell (UK)

All of whom are well-known authors and published well-received books in the last year about The Beatles and their.

Heath also interviewed close associates of The Beatles who were there at the time of their rise to their fame and fortune. 



Kerouac Lives! Tour – 2019

Kerouac Lives! Heath with Beat scholar Doc. Simon Warner (Leeds University)

Kerouac Lives! Heath with Beat scholar Doc. Simon Warner (Leeds University)

A series of interviews with Beat scholar Doc. Simon Warner (Leeds University) around the UK. Due to the success of the series this year, Heath Common has been booked for 2020 will see a bigger and improved repeat of Kerouac Lives. “Kerouac Lives 2020” will expand to include internationally renowned writers.  

Ilkley Literary Festival – 2019

Interviews conducted with author James Riley of “The Bad Trip”

Harrogate Book Festival.

Interviews about with local poets about the future of poetry in North Yorkshire. 

Louder Than Word Festival Manchester – 2019

Louder Than Words - Jo Woods

Jo Wood, Heath Common & Honor Byford

Various interviews including a “Kerouac Lives” as above with Doc. Simon Warner (Leeds University). Others included session as part of “The Beatles 50 Years After the Break Up”. 

Womad Festival – 2019

Interviews with musicians about of the importance of global and cultural exchange for the music industry.  

Cat Club Pontefract – 2019

Multiple interviews throughout the year such as an interview with Tony Barrow – Beatles scholar.

Besides also held multple session and presented on a variety of topics such as “The Jam”, “Doctor John”, “The Stone Roses” (which included an interview) and “The Who”.



About Heath

Heath Common began his musical career playing in New York City with Robert Lockwood and Johnny Shines – the stepson and close friend, respectively, of the legendary blues musician, Robert Johnson. Following this, Heath Common worked with – and was greatly influenced by – many major figures  in the New York ‘Art Rock’ scene of the 1980s and early 1990s. Subsequently, Heath Common worked with the guitarist John Fahey  and the British indie act, The Rhythm Sisters and he continues to work closely with many of the surviving figures from the Beat Movement.

He is a published poet.


‘Heath Common is utterly inspired and he comes to us as refreshingly original as once were Ivor Cutler, Syd Barrett, Lol Coxhill and their luminous ilk.’
R2 magazine

‘Heath Common is what Jack Kerouac would have sounded like if he came from Manchester’
Congleton Chronicle

‘Heath Common does not sound like anyone else in music. Heath Common sounds like Heath Common and that’s it. He’s fantastic!’

Mick Middles (Fab Radio International DJ / legendary journalist and author)


‘Heath Common is the northern Kevin Ayers’
Martin Whittle Salford City Radio


Heath Common with Johnny Shines and Robert Lockwood, New York



Heath Common: Vocals and various instruments

Various additional musicians dependent upon tour.