RARA OPEN MIC Monday March 13 with Alternative FRILL!

 

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…

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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! FIVE MINUTE SLOTS!

This month, RARA will be hosted by the lovely FRANCESCA MURPHY and because he keeps showing up WILL FORD. Together, and in the spirit of modernity (ie crashing two words together to make one word), Fran and Will are FRILL

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Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control Fran Murphy will not be able to join us but FRAN SMITH has kindly agreed to help out, so this month RARA will be hosted by:

ALTERNATIVE FRILL

FRAN SMITH

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WILL FORD

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Fran  Murphy and Will Ford previously co-hosting RARA

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RARA looks forward to seeing Fran Murphy again soon, and much thanks offered to the calming and warm Fran Smith for returning as a RARA co-host!

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Fran, at a previous RARA with her co-host Bridget Leggy Tanner

GENERAL BLURB!

Whether you are an old hand behind the mic, a relative newbie or wondering what it might be like to share your words for the very first time, RARA will welcome you with open arms and offer open ears while listening to your opening and closing mouth. “Be as silly or as serious as you want to be, for five minutes” is the invitation RARA extends to you…

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RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

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13.02.17 R.A.R.A SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC…GUEST HOST PATRICK WIDDESS

   FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

Soon it will be the second Monday of the month, meaning it is almost time for you to bring up to five minutes of your word based goodness along for a free slot at a free event that happens every single month…

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Whether you are an old hand behind the mic, a relative newbie or wondering what it might be like to share your words for the very first time, RARA will welcome you with open arms and offer open ears while listening to your opening and closing mouth. “Be as silly or as serious as you want to be, for five minutes” is the invitation RARA extends to you…

MEET THE FEB RARA GUEST HOST: PATRICK WIDDESS

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Patrick Widdess is a poet, performer and producer/presenter of the Headstand poetry and music podcast. His published works include, Feeding the Spacemen (a collection of his poems) and Poetry Non-stop, which is an inexpensive, enthusiastic and friendly guide to unlocking the poetry within you.

A regular performer at (and previous guest host of) RARA, Patrick will soon be leaving Wales for pastures new, so I’d like to use this blog to wish him all the very best and to thank him for his presence on the spoken word scene in Cardiff (and elsewhere) and for interviewing many performers for his podcast (including myself) and giving so many people the opportunity to speak about why they do what they do and share recordings of performance and page poetry via Headstand. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR FUTURE, DUDE!

RARA is brought to you each month in association with Dave Daggers, Will Ford and the very kind people at the Mackintosh Sports and Social Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff.

But without the lovely, inventive, enthusiastic and incredibly beautiful people who come along to share their letter based creations there could be no RARA, so thank you if you have ever come along before, and future thanks are waiting for those yet to enter the friendly, welcoming atmos of a RARA night, where variety is guaranteed, laughs can be anticipated and provocation of thought and sometimes a touch of bemused mystification are part of the mix of material you will encounter

 

COME ONE…COME ALL…COME!

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VERY MERRY EARLY CHRISTMAS BASH, R.A.R.A OPEN MIC 05/12/16

 

Normally RARA happens on the second Monday of the month, but the RARA OPEN MIC CHRISTMAS SPECIAL EDITION is coming slightly sooner than usual, on the first Monday of DECEMBER, but despite re-arranged date still at the same time, same place…

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The festivities will be co-hosted by Dave Daggers and Will Ford (me)  and there will be stories, poems, songs, humour, possibly darker spins on Christmas themes…

it’s free,  come and watch, join in the shenanigans if you have something you would like to read or perform, a free five minute slot is yours!

It’ll be a blast, but more of a blast if YOU come too!

CHRISTMAS THEMED MATERIAL VERY WARMLY WELCOMED

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A LOOK BACK AT RARA @ CHRISTMAS 2015

(pics by Paula Hughes)

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The inducement of free cakes brought many enthusiastic faces to RARA on a most un-Christmassy rainy night in December, including The Invisible Man, trying and failing to photobomb from the blue seat at the front…

Christmas co-hosts Dave Daggers and Will Ford started proceedings off… with a  cover of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, raucous, rough, and if not totally raw, maybe a tad undercooked…

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Then,  with our joyfully artless musical intro having mercilessly tortured a poor defenceless, innocent Christmas song, the readings for the evening began……

David Foster Morgan

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Nick Fisk

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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Christian Searle

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Patrick Widdess

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John Eliot

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Jacquee Robb and John

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Jill Berrett

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Sarah Younan

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Eric Ngalle Charles

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Paula Hughes

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Liz Blackburn

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Belinda Favager

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David Hanlon

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Bryan Marshall

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Francesca Murphy

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Ben Meadon

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COME ONE, COME ALL

COME FOR CHRISTMAS!

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FILL YOUR BOOTS…OPEN MIC AT THE BIG TOP (UPSTAIRS AT TEN FEET TALL) 16.11.16 WHAT YA GOT?

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Last time the theme was…

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this time the theme is…

WHATEVER YOU WANT!

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What Ya Got returns to The Big Top at 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wednesday Nov 14 2016…from 7.30 pm, bring your songs, your comedy, your stories or poems, your dance act, beatboxing, or whatever it is is you do, and show us What Ya Got!

FREE ENTRY, FREE TO WATCH, FREE TO TAKE PART Slots of around ten minutes

ALL ARE WELCOME! TRY YOUR PARTY PIECE!

NEED TO TEST NEW MATERIAL? GET IN HERE!

NEVER DONE OPEN MIC BEFORE? COME ALONG AND BE WELCOMED!

LIKE FREE ENTERTAINMENT IN A WIDE RANGE OF STYLES?

COME ALONG!

ALL FOR FREE FFS!

COME ONE! COME ALL!

COME! 

What Ya Got?

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RARA RETURNS…OPEN MIC…MONDAY 14/11/2016

 

The second Monday of the month is very nearly here, meaning it’s time for…

NOVEMBER RARA

Hosts for NOVEMBER 14 2016: LIZ FARRELL and RACHEL CARNEY

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Will be your hosts for an eclectic evening of spoken word…poetry…songs…stories…free to enter…free to watch…free to take part…every reader gets five minutes…experienced or first timers welcomed warmly…many regular performers have taken their first steps in spoken word performance at RARA…Dave Daggers (mostly) and Will Ford (partially) keep the wheels on the RARA wagon, and remain proud to do so!

ROLL UP! ROLL UP! COME ONE, COME ALL 

Recently (ish) Liz Farrell performed HERE

Slightly less recently Rachel Carney performed HERE

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Liz and Rachel at a previous RARA See them, and many others at NOVEMBER RARA!

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LET IT BEATLES…OPEN MIC AT THE BIG TOP (UPSTAIRS AT TEN FEET TALL) ADD SOME FAB FOUR TO YOUR USUAL SET 02.11.16

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What Ya Got returns to The Big Top at 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wednesday Nov 2 2016…from 7.30 pm, bring your songs, your comedy, your stories or poems, your dance act, beatboxing, or whatever it is is you do, and show us What Ya Got!

FREE ENTRY, FREE TO WATCH, FREE TO TAKE PART Slots of around ten minutes

The theme is non-compulsory but hosts Steve Speakeasy and the guest co-host Will Ford will love you all the more more if you can add something Beatles related to your normal set choices! 

ALL ARE WELCOME! TRY YOUR PARTY PIECE!

NEED TO TEST NEW MATERIAL? GET IN HERE!

NEVER DONE OPEN MIC BEFORE? COME ALONG AND BE WELCOMED!

LIKE FREE ENTERTAINMENT IN A WIDE RANGE OF STYLES?

COME ALONG!

CREEPY CRAWLY ALERT!

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Will’s Got a New Scorpion Tattoo…come and see it sitting on his flesh thanks to tattoo artist AJ Constable…Enjoy the flesh, and enjoy the music, stories and more and of course some Beatles related stuff, ALL FOR FREE FFS!

COME ONE! COME ALL!

COME! 

What Ya Got?

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SUPERSONIC! OPEN MIC AT THE BIG TOP (UPSTAIRS AT TEN FEET TALL) ADD SOME OASIS TO YOUR SET 19.10.16

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What Ya Got returns to The Big Top at 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wednesday Oct 19 2016…from 7.30 pm, bring your songs, your comedy, your stories or poems, your beatboxing, or whatever it is is you do, and show us What Ya Got!!!!!

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FREE ENTRY, FREE TO WATCH, FREE TO TAKE PART Slots of around ten minutes

The theme is non-compulsory but hosts Steve Speakeasy and Jonathon Owens will love you all the more more if you can add something Oasis related to your normal set choices. The author of this blog will be doing something silly with an Oasis flavour and maybe an acapella cover done more respectfully. Plus, maybe, possibly, how would it sound if a swarm of bees covered an Oasis song. 

DISCLAIMER: NO BEES WILL BE HARMED OR EVEN PRESENT ON THE NIGHT

Come one, come all, COME!!!

What Ya Got?

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What Ya Got? Show it at The Big Top (aka Ten Feet Tall), Cardiff, 05/10/16

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whatyagotcomfortzoneWhat Ya Got returns to The Big Top at 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff, Wednesday Oct 5 2016…from 7.30 pm, bring your songs, your comedy, your stories or poems, your beatboxing, or whatever it is is you do, and show us What Ya Got!!!!!

FREE ENTRY, FREE TO WATCH, FREE TO TAKE PART Slots of around ten minutes

The author of this blog will be co-hosting and to step out of his comfort zone will try to sing his (usually acappella) songs with Regular Main Host Steve Kenward providing moral and guitar based support (and a tapping foot Will Ford can look at to help him keep in time with the music, specially arranged by Steve, a very generous and creative dude…

Come one, come all, COME!!!

What Ya Got?

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FREE OPEN MIC IN CARDIFF: RARA 08.08.16

Second Monday of the month is here, so it’s time for…

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HOSTED THIS MONTH BY

DAVE DAGGERS AND WILL FORD

FIVE MINUTE SLOTS, EXPERIENCED OR NEWCOMER TO SPOKEN WORD, ALL GET THE SAME TIME TO SHARE YOUR WORDS AND THE SAME WARM WELCOME!!!

Once again grateful thanks go out to our hosts last month at RARA

PAULA HUGHES AND GARETH DAVIES

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SEE YOU AT RARA IF YOU COME, SEE YOU IF YOU DON’T, BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T COME WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN LIKE THE DOG YOU ARE

BEL BLUE ALBUM LAUNCH GIG AUG 11 2016…COME COME COME

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