Whimsy and nostalgia this morning. Apologies if not your cup of tea…
Memories of Green
Yesterday the clocks sprang forward.
I awoke today to birdsong,
The distant peal of church bells,
And the taste of honey.
The air echoed with the creak and crack of thawing ice,
The brook, long stilled, babbling again
Over stepping stones and sharp bronze pebbles
And the fat backs of lazy brown trout.
What a day! What a frabjous day!
We throw poohsticks from the bridge,
The ripples they make as they hit the water
Stretching all the way back to ’67
And that summer of love
When we were very young.
I could have sworn I posted this days ago. But I didn’t. So I’ll do it now, before I forget again.
My last post, one very wee poem aside, was about The Gluten-Free Trio and the launch of our Carry on Regardless show. While I’ve posted to say what a resounding success it was (“sellout” and “packed to the gunnels” are both accurate descriptions!) on the OFFICIAL WEBSITE. I forgot to do the same here.
Rather than repeating myself I would ask readers to click the link for full details, but will take this opportunity to apologise for our tardiness in getting the promised new showreel up. Basically I’ve been inundated with “stuff”, and I’ve also been sulking a little and procrastinating because fate dealt us another below-the-belt blow as far as recording quality went. We really must at some point set up a proper camera and tripod to capture the full magnificence of our performance, but the downside of our lovely-but-compact-and-bijou fave venue is that, erm, it’s compact and bijou. In essence, by the time you’ve packed it to the gunnels with punters there’s not much room left even for filming on a phone, and even then the footage you manage to grab is likely to be interrupted by people passing by with drinks or nibbles, or just laughing so long and loud that it pushes the needle into the red and causes clipping. Continue reading “Head like a sieve…”
I think I hinted about this around Christmas time, but – a month later than originally planned, for all kinds of reasons – the cat is finally ready to be released from the bag: The Gluten-Free Trio is about to launch!
For a while now, co-conspirator Peppy Scott and I have been doing our thang as performance poets at various events and venues, but as I mentioned in the summer this had broadened out a little to include monologues, sketches and skits, and songs. Writing the songs was easy – well the lyrics anyway – but as neither of us can play an instrument we were a bit stymied as far as performing them went. I had a couple of outings singing “Acapulco”, and dear ol’ Tom Carradine did wonders with accompaniments for a few of the tunes as a personal favour, but we really needed a musician to complete our little gang. And then we met David – who we had actually met over a year before singing a song about his nervous bladder at TW Forum – and the die, as they say, was cast.
So, after several outings at open mics and stuff we’re now ready to take centre stage with our own little evening called Carry On Regardless, which will take flight on March 7th at Scallywag Cafe and Wine Bar in lovely Tunbridge Wells. The evening will be a mix of humour, music and words, the music almost exclusively original although some tunes might seem a little familiar, particularly in our ‘singalong’ section. To vary the pace a little (and to allow those suffering laughter-induced burst stomachs time to recover) we’ll also be doing a few carefully chosen covers, and inviting friends to add their own contributions as guest artistes. All that for a fiver – it’s a bargain, already!
I’ll post more later – including details about how we got our name and why the evening is so named – and will also soon link to our “official” website. I’ve just got to make the thing…
Well, exciting times, and certainly keeping the three of us busy for the next few weeks as we rehearse our little butts off and learn how to set up our PA system without electrocuting ourselves. It would be lovely if some of you could make it along for our maiden flight – just click the poster below to go to Scallywag’s booking page…
If you read the last few blogs you’ll know that I’m going to be quite busy over the next month or so “doing some of me poems” (to paraphrase Ms Ayres). Not the update I mentioned in my previous post (hopefully coming soon!), but an additional date now added for Sunday 20th, when I and a few poetry friends will be adding our support to Invite a Tree to Tea on River Lawn in Tonbridge. This is a one day community event with music and arts to campaign against riverside development on green space – green space I very much treasured as a child and which my own son also enjoyed exploring.
Well, I did say that another blog would be along shortly. I dunno, you wait for ages and then three come along at once… YOU LUCKY PEOPLE!
Anyhow, the reason for this sudden spate of blogs is that I’ve recently been doing more performance stuff, and as I’ve got a fair bit coming up over the next month or so I thought you might appreciate a heads-up. Continue reading “ANOTHER one?”