I am currently at a wonderful poetry and music night in Digbeth, run by our future generation, young adults. I am delighted to tell you, I know a very special little known truth…. I know one hundred percent that our future is great.
They embrace non perfection, it’s OK not to wear make up if you are female; it’s ok if you are a few pounds overweight and wear socks with holes; it’s ok if you just wear your clothes that don’t match, it’s ok to sit on the floor if the tables and chairs are full
But most of all the young people of today are creative, welcoming, embrace all life, write amazing songs and sing beautiful songs
Now, I can die in peace. ..hold on not for another 40..50. ..ok 70 years
Where am I now? I bet you couldn’t guess
Some clues, I am sitting on wooden pallets, I have just had some vegan junk food. And yes, I mean food that should have been thrown away curtsey of the junk food project.
More clues, I have bought some alcohol for a donation, I am inside an inner city garden project in Digbeth. I am surrounded by many familiar faces, people are painting pictures on the wall and there is a makeshift stage with music and spoken word
Told you that you would never guess, it’s called the Digbeth Garden party and it’s free and once a month..
So if you like to see toilets with flowers in them, baths overflowing with plants, left over food and music come join me next month
I run spoken word and music events and have done for many years
I am always blown away by the amount of local talent. One lady last night told us she had written six thousand poems, yes that’s right six thousand!
Occasionally I hear someone perform that makes me think. ..wow
Last night was one of those moments. This man contacted me last minute for a slot. I had never met him before. I managed to squeeze him on as the last performer. A single man with his guitar, I loved his original songs, one reminded me of the 19 70s song,”Streets of London ”
I hope to hear lots more from him
My weekend was a busy one, I ran an event to open the Wolverhampton literary festival on Friday, it was a huge success. Lots of amazing performers and a wonderful large audience.
I also ran the closing festival, which I ran with a different formula. The idea was to showcase four acts, here is the beginning of the trouble.
The venue was lovely at the art gallery, the crowd arrived, two of the acts turned up and the event started well
The third act was delayed but wait for it. …the fourth act dropped the bomb shell that they couldn’t make it any longer. …I suddenly had an eager audience and a large gap to fill.
There is only so long you can give an audience a break before they decided to give up and go home.
Desperate time needed desperate measures, a young man was in the audience who had come along on Friday, he was keen to perform but I could only give him a tiny slot due to the event being so busy . Along with being a poet he also told me that he was a comedian.
My last act was due to perform gentle comedy. ..how bad could he be? I asked him if he would like to perform, he jumped at the opportunity.
I soon had my answer to how bad could he possibly be. The answer, “Very bad ”
Remember the was a literature festival, and it must be said his poetry was very good but…here is the but, his comedy was totally inappropriate . The young man was just starting out in comedy and the basis of his comedy seamed to just be to shock people with things that should never ever ever ever be said!
My hands went up to my face and just stayed there. …
Young, old and not forgetting my dog packed the bohemian little cafe in Moseley Rod, Birmingham last night.
I have been running spoken word and music events at this venue for years and years but last night was something special.
Everyone in the world felt like they were therr. ..ok that’s a touch of a exaggeration, but you get the message
The crowd wasn’t just huge they were supportive to all of the acts. .and the acts well they were top quality all 23 of them. That’s no exaggeration, my events are busy ones.
If you are ever in Balsall Heath on the second Friday of the month. ..please drop in for a fab night 😎
Yes, that about sums up a taste of my spoken word and music event last night
Some how I have manged to create a forum for the incredibly diverse culture of performance arts in the west midlands, and it’s certainly not because of my hosting skills.
I literally just introduce the acts with no added commentary, due to the fact I can never think of anything clever to say!
But the amazing acts keep coming, I also find it hard to say no to acts, hence my monthly events can be epic. ..often 4 hours longs with always over 20 acts that range from magicians, to amazing singer songwriters, to comedians, to opera performers, to classical guitar, to belly dancers to poetry. …………………………
I will tell you what, come along to the next one and see for yourself. It’s the 1st December 2017 at the Ort Cafe, Moseley Road, Birmingham.
Birmingham now has its own little Budapest Style Pub in Digbeth called “The Ruin ”
It’s got bare walls, basic miss matched furniture and it’s brilliant.
Although its only been open a couple of weeks it has already also has hosted it’s first Halloween “Eve of the Dead ” Spoken word and music event………oh ok, I organised that for them and it was really good
Classic acts like phantom of the Opera to the Raven to spooky poems. ..to comedy horror films to……..umm blues music , travis covers, bohemian based poems …..
Ummmm, halloween acts are thin on the ground on 31st October so one has to …ummm
m, pad it out …ummm just a little 😯
One of the things that I love about Birmingham is the diversity of its people. This leads to an amazing range of art, music and food.
There is always an event happening in Birmingham displaying this wonderfulness.
Last night I went to an event celebrating Portugal carnation revolution. I had never heard of this before, it was celebrated with beautiful sung Portuguese poetry, music , singer singer writers and traditional food.
It was a lovely evening where I lost in the moment
I have always believed that I am a left brainer i think in a mainly logical way and I am incredibly poor at art.
This weekend. ..on
top of work I ran two spoken word events, took part (movement ) in two public performances pieces and had two rehearsals for a panto I wrote and is being performed next week….Maybe is need to question being a left brainer!
I have just hosted my monthly Spoken word and music event @the Lych Gate Tavern in Wolverhampton and once more it was bursting with local talent. From a young and brilliant singer song writers on the guitar with his friend on the cajon…they must of both been around 18 in age. ..to a lovely elderly experienced poet reciting his own gentle poetry reflecting on the effects of aging.