Live At Macken’s ! Barred from the Bingo !

Had a bit of fun during August doing a few poems in Macken’s bar, Newcastle, County Down,  at their great Wednesday Night sessions, as well as enjoying music from Gail, Dennis, Paddy, Ronan, Jim, Charlie, Karen, Johnny and many more ! Recommend it.

Here’s “Barred” .

It was a bit dark in that corner, but at least no one got barred. Apart from Paddy.

And here’s “Bingo” with a couple of swear words, from both the audience and the poet, or “Bingo Uncut” as it’s sometime known to my many fans.

Thanks to Sean Murphy for the footage.

Tagged , ,

My New CD, Moine Dubh, Andrew Weatherall, The Fireflies and Me !

10455672_10153091179751253_8002552907654934558_n                                Most of the Moine Dubh Collective. Photo: John Barrett. Gary Bruce, Droog The Dog, Nina Walsh, Barry Woolenough, Dani Cali, Joe Duggan, Franck Alba, Jessica Cahill. Missing from Photo:Malcolm Stewart, Alain Maclean, Simone Cardinal Sim Clark, Jerome Tcherneyan.

It’s been a tough few months, with the loss of my brother knocking my life out of the water. But some exciting performances and collaborations have helped me keep on keeping on.

One great thing that’s happened is that I have managed to find myself part of Moine Dubh collective. Very exciting to be working with these ridiculously talented musicians, all curated by the legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall. Anyone who knows Andrew’s reputation won’t need my recommendation, but I have been blown away by his subtle, eclectic, instinctual mixes. It’s opened up a whole landscape of music to me. To be actually collaborating with him on a few tracks is an incredible honour, and he actually makes me sound very good ! You’ll be hearing more about this.

We did 2 gigs in June. One in The House of St Barnabas, Soho, and One in Antenna Studios, Crystal Palace. Both sold out very quickly. As well as Weatherall, St Barnabas also features sets curated by people like Jarvis Cocker and Giles Peterson.

Here’s the stream from the House of St Barnabas gig. My set with The Fireflies starts at 24 minutes, but you really need to listen to the whole gig. Folksy alchemy the whole way through. Both gigs were something special. Musicians, singers and poets coming together to create something very memorable. I really hope we get to do it again. Very proud to be part of it.
Here’s the in-house blogger’s review of the event , and his bit about me:

“When Moine Dubh’s poet-in-residence Joe Duggan joins them (The Fireflies) the hypnotic vibes get even more cinematic. His first poem recounts the tragic tale of Jose Matada, an African stowaway from Mozambique who fell to his death from a plane over Mortlake in 2012. His second crepuscular offering summons Leonard Cohen over music as evocative as anything Portishead have created.”

Moine Dubh have launched an exciting new subscription service – you can sign up here

And through all this great collaborating, I have a beautiful cd on sale, with the brilliant Fireflies. You can buy it here !

JOE_CD
It contains some regular favourites from my performances such as “Summer in Tuscany”, which I describe as a flash-forward-backwards-Belfast-student-drinking-poem, as well as the two poems that have went down really well in my performances with The Fireflies : “The Mighty Kong”, and “Look Up East Sheen / The Falling Man”. The Mighty Kong finally gives the ape a chance to tell his side of the story.
The Falling Man, about the stowaway Jose Matada who fell from the undercarriage of a plane to his death in the suburb of East Sheen, seems to really lend itself to the industrial claustrophobic drone the Fireflies bring to it, stuck in the undercarriage. It’s relevance suddenly shot up on the week of the Soho gig as two more men fell to their death in the same area after falling from planes coming into Heathrow.
Another poem that is completely changed by the Fireflies is “Moville” a poem from my 2008 book fizzbombs that I have never really performed before, but they somehow manage to take it out to the deep water off the Donegal coast where it’s located.
“Leonard Cohen Knows” was born out of a Broadcast Event in The Betsy Trotwood Pub a few years ago, and hadn’t been performed often. But once this collaboration came along it seemed to fit perfectly and even made it’s way onto the set list for The Moine Dubh gigs, with Franck Alba’s beautiful violin playing taking it somewhere else.
As well as Franck, It was great working with Nina Walsh in the studio on this, and watching her stir that brew. Dani Cali adds his smooth guitar and vocal slide to proceedings – in fact I’m not even sure what they’re doing half the time with those dials, but it definitely works…..

You can buy it on the link – ten pounds, all individually signed on the cover, only 100 in existence. It’ll be worth a fortune some day on ebay. Buy here.

Another bonus of this link up with Andrew Weatherall is discovering his many amazing mixes online and his radio programmes, including his Radio 6 mix of the year and such. His regular programme on NTS is something else and you can listen to archived shows here, many of which now feature Moine Dubh material. Andrew also mixed two more of my poems himself and I am extremely chuffed with them. Watch out for “The Woodleigh Research Facility” featuring Andrew and Nina, with me on a couple of tracks. No definite news of when they will be released, but watch this space….

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

It’s Back …..The Overground Spoken Word Special

Bobby-Parker Bobby Parker does a bit of editing.

Very excited to announce, for the third year running, I am hosting and performing at the Overground Spoken Word night at Antenna Studios in Crystal Palace. This night has been a lot of fun in the past. It started as a smaller night downstairs and created a great buzz – with acts like Katrina Naomi, Tamsin Kendrick, David Crystal, Jazzman John Clarke, Sue Johns, Dan Holloway, Brother G and The Trouble, Richard Purnell, Emma Ako, Farhad Mirza,Louise Warren, Allie K Stuart, “The Children”, Kellie Gillespie-Wright, Sainsburys’ Check-Out Chappy, Gale Burns, Isabel White and many others – and fantastic support from a wide range of open mic-ers. We moved upstairs for the festival in 2013 and had the incredible El Crisis and David J Vocal Pugilist headlining, alongside a strong cast including some of the above and Alain English. In 2014, we had a hard act to follow – but managed it – with great features from Brendan Cleary and David Crystal, backed up with eccentric, angry and beautiful sounds from Wondermare, a great support slot from Zuli Stenson, and one of our open mic-ers, JJ Johnston, doing his best to steal the show.

So we’re back this year. On Thurday the 25th June. We have the Jazzman. We have Tamsin. And we have one very exciting feature slot confirmed as Bobby Parker – who I’ve been hoping to get down for ages. Dangerous writing, in every sense of the word. We also have a few local open mic-ers already confirmed. As always the local, unexpected talent is often a big part of the night. Watch this space. It has sold out for the last two years so come along early or you might be listening from the fire escape…..

Full Details:

Thursday 25th June
8pm – 11pm Overground Express 3!
Antenna Gallery, Upstairs At Antenna Studios. Poetry and spoken word is back at Antenna for the Overground Festival. After the last two years’ brilliant events, we’re back with another blistering, eclectic line-up of talent. Confirmed line-up so far includes Bobby Parker, Tamsin Kendrick and Jazzman John Clarke and Joe Duggan. More names to come! Expect surprises. Not for the faint-hearted. Some short open-mic slots may be available email joeduggan215@hotmail.com for more information.Doors 7.30pm for 8pm start. Limited capacity so arrive early! Sold out for the last two years! Suggested contribution £3

2015/1984

What Clare said

clarepollard

So. A Tory majority which is actually trying to scrap the actual human rights act.

And today the BBC reports that Cameron is to say: “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'”

Just let that sink in. Yes, for too long, law-abiding people have apparently been allowed to get on with their lives. But David Cameron, having decided Orwell’s 1984 to be a handbook for good governance, is about to put an end to Thoughtcrime.

0760e7837523f21b05af8525b8df38acFor me, the worst thing about the election result is that it happened because of a failure of language. I can feel political discourse untethering from reality, becoming more and more unreal. There were so many empty pledges and meaningless promises on all sides. There was so much blather about hard-working families and strong economies and…

View original post 409 more words

I Am The Mighty Kong !

My poem “In His Own Words” is one I love performing from my 2008 book “Fizzbombs”. It gives King Kong a chance to finally tell his version of the story. For a while I’ve been enjoying collaborating and experimenting with the ridiculously talented “Fireflies” (Nina Walsh, Dani Cali and Franck Alba) who perform sets of ambient, loopy, textured atmospheres and songs. “In His Own Words” became “I Am The Mighty Kong !” – have a listen and see what you think, there’s more to come:

At the Windmill, Brixton. December 2014. Thanks to Marissa for the video.

Tagged , , , , , ,

Time Travelling With Crystal Palace Transition Town Part 1

I travel back in time to when I first got involved in what has truly turned out to be a remarkable project. At the beginning, most of did not see ourselves as leading anything, just waiting for someone else to do something.

rod-taylor-time-machine

“Sorry? We’re in charge?”

“I don’t even know these people. Can we not just watch another video, this sounds too hard.”

You can read the whole blog here

Tagged ,

We Do Do-Ocracy

“We Do Do-ocracy….(And Carrot Costumes)”

Food-Market-Joe-the-Carrot-e1369742059720-200x300

“In my 2013 welcome to the A.G.M.of Crystal Palace Transition Town I highlight the idea of do-ocracy. We are here to celebrate the do-ers. We have already gained a reputation in the area for a being a group that is pro-active and positive and it seems important to add that to our unspoken manifesto. There’s something impressive about putting the people who are “doing stuff” on the pedestal, giving them the microphone.”

In this blog for the Transition Network, I look at my involvement in Crystal Palace Transition Town:in particular how we have celebrated our achievements since 2011, and how our format for our Annual Celebration/A.G.M has changed to celebrate the “do-ers”. The blog also contains archive footage from the 2014 Event. Read More

Tagged , ,

Warsan Shire

feature_42_54e223dbc516b-870x440

“I can make the blood run back up my nose, ants rushing into a hole,”

Backwards

Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is a very exciting poet, who I believe deserves a lot more attention. Very pleased to have written this article about her work in the relaunched Honest Ulsterman. Read more, and watch her perform here

Tagged , , , ,

Welcome

Welcome to my new website!
I’ll post sporadic updates on my poetry, my work with Crystal Palace Transition Town and anything else I feel like writing about.