30th Sept in Antenna Studios 7.30pm -11pm
Special Guest Slot at launch of the album ‘Sleep of Reason’ by T.A.Wright
and Orchestra Fantasma,
first release on the new-born Distributore Fantasma records.
Produced by Donald Ross Skinner and T.A. Wright:
‘This song-cycle takes you on a circular tour, opening with the dystopian folk- allegory of Dark Island moving through relentless groove of Children of Birds, the drifting melancholy of How to Talk to a Mountain and the plangent garage/prog bombast of Last of England before coming to an uneasy rest where it began.’
At Crystal Palace’s music, arts and general good-vibes hub, the lovely Antenna Studios. Featuring live performance of the Sleep of Reason song cycle by T.A.Wright and Orchestra Fantasma plus performances by special guests including Joe Duggan and Lost Folk Collective
Psychedelic RPMs provided by D.J. Paul
Compere: Adam Brody (Stage Door Guy, SeLAR)
Orchestra Fantasma are:
Amar Singh- Drums
Paul Tornbohm (Piano Magic) Bass
Donald Ross Skinner (Julian Cope, Love Amongst Ruin, Salad) Guitar/keyboards
Franck Alba (Fireflies, Piano Magic, Low Road) Guitars
T.A.Wright guitar, vocals
July 6th At The Sydenham Arts Festival
Very honoured to be mc-ing and facilitating the Q and A at this great event:
Spoken Word Poet – Deanna Roger
A firm believer in the power of unconditional love, “The best advice I’ve ever been given is to be grateful for everything”.
Deanna is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground. Accolades include: ELLE UK’s ’30 inspirational women under 30′, The Female Lead’s ’20 in their 20s’. She teaches the Writing Poetry for Performance module with Benjamin Zephaniah at Brunel University and is a tutor at School of Communication Arts (‘The most successful ad school in the world’).
Performance: 8pm plus Q&A
Tuesday 6th June : “Beyond Words” At The Gipsy Hill Tavern
“An evening of Fizzbombs from JOE DUGGAN brings a ‘casual sharpness, like an unexpected hot chilli in something sold as sweet.’ Poetry to make you lick your lips.
Showcase reader Francesca La Nave inspires us with bright and vivid words bringing her inner world to life.
Plus of course YOU at the open-mic.
Entry £4/£3 concs. Doorsopen 7.15pm”
Lovely intimate gig in this great old-school Irish pub.
Crystal Palace Overground Festival
Antenna Studios Gallery. I’ll be hosting and doing a short set at this brilliant night:
A blistering line-up: Zena Edwards, Zia Ahmed, Matthew Caley, David Crystal and host of talented local acts: INCLUDING JJ AKINLADE, KELLY FROST A.K.A FANNY THE FEMINIST, MIKE FAIRBRASS, MONICA WHISPERZ, FRANCESCA LA NAVE AND THE SAINSBURYS CHECK OUT CHAPPY PLUS LEFT-FIELD SOUNDS AND WORDS FROM “PINK ELEPHANTS” & “BROTHER G AND THE TROUBLE”
This event tells to sell out and tickets are selling fast. Buy yours here.
Saturday 17th June: Spoken Word Tent: 3.45pm
Crystal Palace Park.
Very excited to get a slot in The Spoken Word Tent as the festival moves up a gear and certainly takes it’s spoken word seriously. On the main stage we have a great line-up including Morcheeba (!) and we’ve got a fantastic day’s entertainment in the tent with headliner Lemn Sissay !. I’m on at 3.45pm. More info here
Sunday 18th June Antenna Gallery – from 8pm, (but very chilled, don’t rush us man)
Franck and Friends:
I’ll be winding down from the Overground Festival with a few spoken words pieces from myself and other local poets, with the wonderful backing of Moine Dubh Collective’s super talented Franck Alba, Nina Walsh, Paul Conboy from Metamono, Eric on bass, and whoever else wanders through the door.
Broken Biscuits At The Brighton Fringe Thursday 11th May 7.30pm for 8pm
Great Line-up at The Bee’s Knees, Western Road with Idle Eye, Jenny Vegas and Julitha Ryan plus animation from Dan Laidler.
I’m doing a short set at this event with The Fireflies as part of legendary DJ Andrew Weatherall’s Moine Dubh Collective. Friday November 18th. This will sell out quickly ! – book here SOLD OUT – Waiting List on Eventbrite Link
October 29th, Antenna Studio, Crystal Palace “Broken Biscuits”
20 minute set alongside two comedians and compere for the evening “Idle Eye”
October 22nd, Stretch Outsider Art Festival
JUST CONFIRMED I’VE BEEN ADDED TO THIS GREAT BILL !
Appearing alongside…other such notable performers as John Black John Robert Clarke Dudley Sutton Joe Wilkes Adam J Harmer with MC Patrick Lyons from The Fat White Family atThe SOAF closing party! on the 22nd October The Brady Art Centre in Whitechapel – supported by Carlotta Allum and Free Seed On Soho
(Google Dudley Sutton if you don’t know the name, you’ll recognise him ! )
Tuesday 7th June, 7.30pm “Beyond Words” ( 2 Sets)
Thursday 1st June, 7.30pm 3FF Fundraiser
Saturday 2nd, from 7pm : Allie K Stewart’s EP Launch
Antenna Studios Crystal Palace
Doing a short set alongside the great comedy spider “Georges” from Michelle Jane Wormleighton , very smooth soul from Winston Skerrit and brilliant headliner Allie K Stewart and her band, with a bitter sweet mix of melancholy and rock. Gonna be a lot of fun – come along !
January: Saturday 23rd, 4 Poets in London ! FREE. 8pm. At Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Poster, below, full details here
Full feature length set, with support from Rowan Middleton
Crystal Palace Overground Festival June 26/27/28:
Overground Express 3: Antenna Studios 25th June
With Bobby Parker, Matthew Caley, A.F. Harold, Tamsin Kendrick, Jazzman, JJ Johnson Zuli Scrumptious, Tim Wright
Moine Dubh Launch Night Antenna Studios 28th June (SOLD OUT)
a.k.a “A Transition Town Transmission”
Curated by the one and only Andrew Weatherall, featuring myself on some tracks with the brilliant Fireflies + Dani Cali, Nina Walsh, Lowroad, Echowood, Franck Alba. Alain Maclean, Barry Woolnough. Gonna be a blinder.
LISTEN TO FULL GIG HERE
REVIEW ON HOSB WEBSITE HERE
Sat 4th July : Dodo Modern Poets, Lily’s Tea House Morden 8pm
August 12th and 19th
Enjoyed doing a few poems in Mackens, Newcastle, County Down, Ireland – worth checking out their music session every Wednesday Night, with Gail, Dennis and a great bunch of musicians. Some video footage here..
SELAR Speakeasy: October 10th South East London Art Rooms. 7.30pm
“One Love” Fundraiser for Refugee Action, also featuring Fireflies Franck and Nina and lots of local talent
SELAR Speakeasy: November 21st South East London Arts Rooms 7.30pm
“The Fear” Fundraiser for The Passage Charity. Presents a night of spoken word, music, songs and pictures dedicated to FEAR. Join us in the shadows…..Poets will be performing to ……”A nighmarish musical soundscape provided by the wonderful Nina Walsh and Franck Alba otherwise known as the Fireflies” Facebook event link here