Quiet Compere 16th September Marsden Mechanics

Thanks to Rose Condo for photo of me 🙂

So, this is my first local gig since moving to this county, so I felt some pressure to get a good turnout and atmosphere. I ate a Bao bun for the first time in The River Head before heading over to The Mechanics to check the venue was set up.

Rose Condo

Rose Condo, my co-host for the evening, started the event with a poem which was about eh secret thoughts of pens. And then read a poem where we blew bubbles when we heard a word repeated. Both the bubbles and Rose were very fun to photograph.

After Rose followed a varied and enthusiastic bunch of open miccers.

Showcase Poets

Sadly, one of the showcase poets pulled out a few days before. I managed to replace her and then the replacement poet contacted with lost voice and full of a cold. I made the decision instead of booking someone at the last minute who would not have time to prepare, the fee for the missing poet would go back into the tour costs as online audiences are really low now and audience numbers in real life at some events have been lower than I guessed.

Tim Taylor

Wow! The handmade guitar poem. A ‘flame that flickers in the wood’ and it ‘has a voice but can never sing alone.’ And Tim writes well about what it is like to live/be in the valley, ‘I rushed laughing through their valleys, like a stream.’

Felix Owusu-Kwarteng

Barry Bacteria and Victor Virus were brilliantly inhabited and the wordplay and rhyme in these were equally fun and dark. ‘Cure, kill and conquer, alter the sensation of taste.’ And ‘vindictive, virulent virtuoso.’  And, wisdom in the saying I had not heard before: ‘Never roll a barrel down a two-sided hill.’

Jack Faricy

Jack performed an exquisite piece about carrying a piece of lapis lazuli up a hill ‘a block of blue makes the sky look less like sky.’ And he talked of ‘the peace of mind that comes from painting on window frames.’  

Anna Tuck

Anna’s self-love poems were beautiful and affirming. Self-love is ‘a lifeline when you haven’t got a friend.’ And I was so sad for the ‘baby tomato crying when he loses his Mum at the fruit and veg stall.’

Joe Williams

I think we all know Joe’s ‘deluded busker’, and if we don’t, it may just be us:

“40% Oasis, 

40% Coldplay,

20% Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

And from ‘Hibernation’:

“It was a blizzard year

that brought down houses,

bit through brick and bone,”

made me think of the three Beast from the Easts we have had since moving over The Pennines.

And an after party!

One of the best things about a local gig, apart from going back to you own bed on the last bus, is the fact you can have an after party 😊 I met Joe’s parents who I had met dozens of times online but never in real life.

Quiet Compere 2022 Full online and live line-ups

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Donations will be gratefully received. The tour is funded which means all performers, co-hosts and venue payment is confirmed. However, 80% of the income to pay myself for plotting, promoting, liaising with venues and performers, hosting, thanking poets properly and sharing photos (for live events) and blog write-ups comes from tickets, workshops and PAYF donations.

This is subject to change but I will endeavour to keep it up-to-date.

ONLINE GIG – 19TH MARCH

Time: 1pm – 4.30pm (2 short breaks)

VENUE: ONLINE ON ZOOM

Price: PAYF

Co-host: Tony Curry

Platform performers:

Holly Bars

Chaucer Cameron

Dalton Harrison

Pete Jordan

Rebecca Lehmann

Katy Mahon

Jess Mookherjee

Adrian Salmon

Daniel Sluman

Julia Webb

Open Mic spots x 12

Zoom Workshop: 1030-midday 

(limited to 10 attendees)    £10

(2 1/2 price & 2 free tickets available)

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CHATHAM LIBRARY HUB – 23RD APRIL

Chatham, ME4 3TX

Time: 1pm – 4pm (1 short break)

Price: FREE

Co-host: Barry Fentiman-Hall

Platform performers:

Setareh Ebrahimi

Katy-Evans Bush

Christopher Hopkins

Clair Meyrick

Nathaniel Oguns

Nina Telegina

Open Mic spots x 12

Workshop: 1030-midday 

(limited to 10 attendees) FREE

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MORECAMBE WEST END PLAYHOUSE – 14TH MAY

22c Yorkshire St, LA3 1QE

Time: 6.30-9.30pm (1 short break)

Price: £5

Co-host: Matt Panesh

Platform performers:

Big Charlie Poet

Sarah Corbett

Peter Kalu

Zoe Lambert

Martin Palmer

Voirrey A. Wild

Open Mic spots x 12

Workshop: 330-5pm Nib Crib,

5 West Street, LA3 1RB 

(limited to 6 attendees)  £10

(1 1/2 price & 1 free ticket available)

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West End Playhouse Morecambe events. Buy official tickets here (skiddle.com)

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BRADFORD CITY LIBRARY – 11TH JUNE

9 Aldermanbury Centenary Square, BD1 1SD

Time: 5.30– 8pm ( short breaks)

Price: FREE

Co-host: Steve O’Connor

Platform performers:

Trev Alexander

Nabeela Ahmed

David Driver

Jem Henderson

Sharenà Lee Satti

Nick Toczek

Open Mic spots x 12

Workshop: 230-4pm

(limited to 10 attendees)    FREE

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WOLVERHAMPTON ARENA THEATRE – 1ST JULY

Wulfruna Street, WV1 1SE

Time: 730-1030pm (short break)

Price: £10

Co-host: Poets, Prattlers & Pandemonialists

Platform performers:

Casey Bailey

Aliyah Denton

Alex Jakob-Whitworth

Priyanka Joshi

Gerald Kells

Mogs

Open Mic spots x 12

Workshop: 430-6pm 

(limited to 10 attendees) £10

Book all tickets here:

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ONLINE GIG – 17TH AUGUST

Time: 6pm – 9pm (2 short breaks)

Venue: Online on Zoom

Price: FREE

Co-host: Poets, Prattlers & Pandemonialists

Platform performers:

Siegfried Baber

Ruth Kelsey

Jonathan Kinsman

Gill Lambert

Sharon Larkin

Hannah Linden

Nicky Longthorne

Liz Mills

Finola Scott

Olivia Tuck

Open Mic spots x 12

Zoom Workshop: 1400-1530 

(limited to 10 attendees) £10

(2 1/2 price & 2 free tickets available)

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MARSDEN MECHANICS – 16TH SEPTEMBER

Peel Street, HD7 6BW

Time: 7pm – 10pm (short break)

Price: £10

Co-host: Rose Condo

Platform performers:

Jack Faricy

Felix Owusu-Kwarteng

Tahira Rehman

Tim Taylor

Anna Tuck

Joe Williams

Open Mic spots x 12

Workshop: 2-3.30pm

Mario’s, 9 Peel St, HD7 6BR

(limited to 10 attendees) £10

(2 1/2 price & 2 free tickets available)

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BRISTOL HOURS SPACE – 15TH OCTOBER

10 Colston Yard, BS1 5BD

Time: 7-10pm (short break)

Price: £10

Co-host: Caleb Parkin

Platform performers:

Ben Banyard

Edson Burton

Rachael Clyne

Jinny Fisher

Pey Oh

Lizzie Parker

Open Mic spots x 12

Workshop: 330-5pm 

(limited to 10 attendees) £10

(2 1/2 price & 2 free tickets available)

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ONLINE GIG -12TH NOVEMBER

Time: 7 – 10pm (2 short breaks)

VENUE: ONLINE ON ZOOM

Price: PAYF

Co-host: Poets, Prattlers & Pandemonialists

Platform performers:

George Bastow

Penny Blackburn

Mark Connors

1 TBC

Linda Goulden

Helen Ivory

Jack McLean

Elizabeth McGeown

Jennifer A. McGowan

Mark Pajak

Open Mic spots x 12

Zoom Workshop: 14.00-15.30 

(limited to 10 attendees) £10

(2 1/2 price & 2 free tickets available)

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