FREE OPEN MIC….R.A.R.A RETURNS MONDAY 11/07/16

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

JULY R.A.R.A

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Meet Your Hosts for June…

Paula Hughes

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Regularly bringing songs and comic interludes to nights like R.A.R.A, Paula has an enthusiasm that is totally contagious, a smile that is never far away, and a camera that is responsible for the highlights from the June R.A.R.A you will find if you scroll further down…Now, for the other July Host:

Gareth Davies

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A storyteller, performer, maker of mirth and general non-bad egg, Gareth will bring the authority of his previous experience as an English teacher to his host duties, so pay attention…are you listening at the back?

Paula and Gareth will guide us all through another evening of wide ranging styles of verse and performance, some will make you smile, some will make you think, all will make you feel…Free to enter, free to have a five minute slot…

Come and watch and be our audience, come and share your words/songs/comic stylings, by simply adding your name to the list, regulars warmly welcomed back and new voices actively encouraged, many people have read in front of an audience for the first time ever at R.A.R.A and we have seen them bloom from nervous first step makers to confident risk takers over and over again, so July 11th 2016, Mackintosh Sports Club, Keppoch Street, Roath, Cardiff, from 7.30 pm come one, come all, COME!

JUNE R.A.R.A…Hosted by Francesca Murphy and Will Ford…

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FRILL (Fran and Will) brought their individual styles of comic and heartfelt verse and song to the proceedings and  introduced performers with these names…

Dave Daggers…Gordon Anderson…Kat Davies…Bryan Marshall…Rachel Noelle…Patrick Widdess…Elizabeth Jane Williams…Gareth Davies…John Brooks…Liz Farrell…Bridget Leggy Tanner…Charley Rogers…Anna Shaw…Fritz O’Skennick…Ben Meadon…Rachel Carney…Fran Smith…Richie Livingood…Gruff Russell Jones

Thanks to the camera of July co-host Paula Hughes, here are their faces…

R.A.R.A  is brought to you by Dave Daggers (assisted by Will Ford), and is powered by the sun, the moon, the stars, the words of the performers and held together almost entirely by the vast number of friendly insults Dave can throw at Will on stage, in person and via all available electronic and non-electronic media, including during this Headstand Podcast in which Dave is interviewed by Patrick Widdess

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RHYME AND REAL ALE…OPEN MIC…SPOKEN WORD…FREE EVENT…HOSTED BY WILL FORD…08/02/2016

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RHYME AND REAL ALE returns to the Mackintosh Sports Club, next Monday (Feb 8th, 2016) where you can be sure you will be experiencing a dazzling array of approaches to the spoken word art form, from 7.30pm, hosted this time by Will Ford (me)

WANT TO WATCH AND LISTEN? You can, and it’s FREE!

WANT TO TAKE PART? You can, and it’s FREE! Simply sign up for a five minute slot and whether you’re an old hand or a new voice, whether you’ve done this for years or you have never shared your words with any audience, COME ALONG and be warmly welcomed!

Below you will find many pics from previous RARA Nights where there has been poetry, rap, song, comedy, and short stories, basically, if it can be produced by the human larynx and lasts around five minutes, it will find a warm welcome at RARA, at The Mackintosh

Thanks to Paula Hughes, who took the majority of the pics below, and hey, you! Come to RARA! Come one, come all! COME!!!

 

 

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R.A.R.A. Returns To The Mackintosh Sports Club, Cardiff…11/01/2016…with pics by Paula Hughes

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January came, as it does every year, and brought with it the first 2016

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Co-hosted for the second time by…

Fran Smith and Bridget Leggy Tanner!

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Sadly, due to annoying temporary partial deafness I was not there in person, but I was there in spirit, and by all accounts the usual good time was had by all, with a great mix of all that is lyrically profound, emotionally frank and comically bizarre. There were some sadly necessary tributes to David Bowie who passed away the previous day…

If like me, you missed out on this event, you missed missed read, recited, raucously rendered, robustly ranted and some sung performances from…

Fran Smith

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Bridget Leggy Tanner

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Dave Daggers

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Patrick Widdess

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John Brookes 

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Mark Curtis

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo

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Bel Blue

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Kat (aka Kathryn Davies)

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Mark Blayney

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Des Mannay

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Ellie Powell

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Francesca Murphy

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Bryan Marshall

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Laz Lazarus

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Thanks to everyone who came, very sorry I couldn’t come too, but I will definitely be there on February 8th, so to close this less wordy than usual blog for RARA, just want to say many thanks to our lovely hosts Fran and Bridget, and a big thank you to Paula Hughes for wielding her camera at Rhyme and Real Ale and letting me use her pics in my blogs!

R.A.R.A….SECOND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH…FREE OPEN MIC AT THE MACKINTOSH SPORTS CLUB…SEE YOU NEXT MONTH.

COME ONE, COME ALL! COME!!!!!

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HEY, JUKE…19/01/2016…Spoken word night with some tributes to The Thin White Duke

“It was a reasonable request

From Renn, who’s flamboyantly dressed

Bring a tribute to David B

For this evening at J, U, K E…”

With this affectionate (and slightly cheesy) reworking of the opening of Life On Mars I began my slot during the open mic at…

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Will say more about my own Bowie tribute  after the following…

JUKE is a free monthly open mic spoken word event organised and hosted by Renn…

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Via JUKE (held at The Little Man Coffee C0, third Tuesday every month), Renn aims to provide a showcase for spoken word performance and poetry that explores, stretches and even sometimes breaks the boundaries and delivers the unexpected to the impressive audience numbers JUKE attracts…

Much of the evening is open mic but there are always feature performers and this month they were…

Gemma June Howell, author of ROCK LIFE

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Beatbox Hann

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Gemma’s reading, mostly from Rock Life, played with, argued with and embraced the stereotypical images often portrayed of people from the valleys, filling her words with the realities of life as lived by people who are more often than not mocked for merely existing and being poor. As a council estate born kid who ended being taken into care along with my sisters, I certainly appreciated the humour and fire of poems demanding people consider that there might possibly be more to people from whatever their circumstances are than meets the headlines of our national press

Beatbox Hann, as his name suggests, produced simultaneous sounds from what seemed to be his entire body  assembling grimy heavy beats element by element until there was so much going on at once that the audience reaction can only be summed up as ‘Holy Shit!’

Not only did features set up the mood for the open mic sections, they also returned at the end to combine their talents, with Hann providing the backing for some soulful singing from Gemma…

Gemma and Hann created the frame for the evening and now it is time to fill in the rest of the picture…firstly, given the Bowie tribute theme of the evening, special mention must go to…Fran Smith

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A lifelong fan of Bowie, Fran turned up having gone ‘The Full Ziggy’ make-up wise and backed up her costume, as did Renn when she opened the night, with poetry constructed from references to classic Bowie hits. Renn and Fran, each of them a Star, Man 🙂

And now, with pictures from Fran and me, an overview of the evening…

Memorable in some ways you had to be there to truly appreciate, Renn’s January  JUKE welcomed a head spinning variety of approaches to the written and spoken word from the warm, to the icy, the intellectual, to the surreal, moments of edginess, hilarity and drama in the verbal selection box that is JUKE. Many thanks to Renn and the venue for what has become a very popular night out!

JUKE will be back in February at The Little Man Coffee Co…

ADDENDUM: My own Bowie Tribute…

Being not the flamboyant type generally, I pushed the boat out according to the parameters of my rather self-conscious personality and deliberately, recklessly wore…

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Odd Socks…

Having got a (small) laugh from the audience out of that, in response to the death of Bowie I mused on mortality with Post Mortem Blues and put out hope that people don’t merely aspire to be like their icon of choice, but work to complete the picture of themselves, for themselves, with All Stars Will One Day Die

Then, at severe risk to my dignity, I attempted theatricality,  asking the audience to pretend I was capable of communing with the departed Thin White Duke  and through me he would sing my attempted Bowie style tribute to…

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Odd Socks

No pair

Mismatched

Together…

Beneath a

Suit so sharp

That it severs…

Persona, conceal you

Peel back surface, reveal you

You got no one, you got no one

You got no one but each other…

Odd socks, odd socks,

We’re all

Odd socks, odd socks…

We got no one, We got no one

We got no one but each other…

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New Year…New JUKE…Bye Bowie…

 

FREE OPEN MIC EVENT, 3rd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH AT LITTLE MAN COFFEE CO. CARDIFF…NEXT JUKE WILL BE ON TUES JAN 19th 2016, for details see HERE

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JUKE is a free open mic spoken word event organised and hosted by this person, whose name is Renn…12362862_10153864102681095_7861383272887287800_oRenn’s JUKE event wants to push the boundaries of spoken word performance and all kinds of verbal shenanigans will be found there, from guest performers and the open mic section. Come along, look, listen, put your name down if you have five minutes of stuff to share or want to try out your stuff and your style on living and breathing audience members! COME ALONG, IT’S FREE AND THE NIGHT IS SURE TO BE A BLAST!!!

The recent loss to the world of David Bowie has led Renn to suggest participants may if they wish pay tribute in whatever fashion  suits them, in word or clothing choices. I plan to have a go at that, and when I opened the evening last time for the Christmas JUKE, my slot included my face looking like this…12356974_10153864102651095_5239389099271487519_o

I’ll be making more faces Tuesday nght, and below you will find lots of other faces in photos from the night of the Christmas JUKE , like all of these in this blog, provided by poet and singer Paula Hughes…

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So roll up, roll in and join JUKE, to listen, to take part or both!! FUN WILL BE HAD SO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF AND COME TO JUKE!

 

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DEAF AS A HOST…MEGAVERSE@THE FULL MOON JAN.03.16

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The first MEGAVERSE of 2016 took place in The Full Moon (Womanby Sreet, Cardiff), as part of the 2016 FREE FOR ALL festival. All photos by Paula Hughes. Sketches by Pauline Williams

The seventh of these  poetry/spoken word events  I have organised, hosted and performed at presented a slightly uncomfortable challenge…a seasonal Christmas bout of cold/flu/lurgy/ear infections had left me more than slightly deaf…meaning I might HAVE had some trouble MODULATING the tone of my VOICE!!!

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Despite my difficulties, the evening proved to be a great mix of the heartfelt, the honest, the entertaining and the just plain daft as the performers each brought their own unique way with words to the stage, and after a silly rap parody opening from me came…

Julie Pritchard

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Preferring to perform without the  microphone, ‘The Walking Poet’ offered up her soul in word form, her poems taking in the nature she observes joyfully and the world wide conflicts that break her heart.  A published poet with a new collection due in 2016, Julie also runs a regular open mic event, and started the R.A.R.A open mic night that meets on the second Monday each month at the Mackintosh Sports Club Bar in Cardiff. Next to the stage came…

Sheila Hart

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Playful at times, with a degree of venom lurking beneath the the surface, Sheila held the attention of the room effortlessly. Next, with a mix of the bawdy and the personal came…

Fritz O’Skennick

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Equally at home covering the questions within the mind in turmoil and playfully rhyming his way through cheeky takes on the masculine life experience gone wrong,  Fritz was a welcome voice on a rainy night night.

This summary of the evening  will continue after these sketches of several performers made during the event by Pauline Williams, featuring Sheila Hart, Fritz O’Skennick, Paula Hughes, Gordon Anderson and Clive Oseman…12512031_10154624111563975_1705991520_n12540380_10154624102613975_679445978_nFritz O’Skennick was followed by a very different kind of performance from…

Paula Hughes

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As a very young Gary Numan fan, Paula wrote a poem about her hero, hoping to get it published by his fan club magazine. Young Paula was left sadly disappointed, but today her youthful words about Gary, his hair and music provide a time machine in words revealing how funny and sweet what we do and say can be looked back on years later! And with a powerful voice she followed up on exploring youthful passions with a more current driving strong desire to see a dream of hers come to  be…The Green Mile has no official Musical adaptation thus far, but Paula has  embarked upon creating one!

Following Paula, came…

Gordon Anderson

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Normally more cheerful looking than this snap suggests, Gordon was playing a character at the time…Slightly morally askew character monologues are a feature of Gordon’s performance pieces and those of us with memories of  of the adverts featuring Barry Scott for Cillit BANG chuckled along to a  twisted surrreal(ish) reimagining of the screen persona fronting the ads in question…Next,  Straight Outta Swindon came…

Clive Oseman

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At times, Clive feels compelled by the reaction to certain of his pieces to point out they reflect neither his real life history nor his personal desires and there are, in fact, acts of creative writing involved…irony and imagination may in short supply in some people but definitely  no such drought in Clive’s lines…next, with observational humour and and also occasionally revealing the contents of her life and heart, came…

Bridget Leggy Tanner

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The behaviour at office parties, contraceptives discarded in car parks, the proximity of rugby players faces to each other’s bums in scrums and honest reflections on some of the aspects of her life she would rather have done without are likely to be encountered upon listening to BLT perform…next came…

Patrick Widdess

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Poet and Podcater, Patrick weaves a little surrealism into his world of words, where  nightmarish encounter with a giant moth might be matched up with a tale of purchasing excuses or with passionate plea that people not read their poems off their bloody phone. Check out his warm and insightful interviews with fellow poets on Headstand

Then, not doing headstands, but waving his arms at me to call me to join him at the mic when my rather deaf ears missed the verbal invitation, came…

Dave Daggers

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A lover of life with a heart of gold, Dave had decided my stage costume, an Ace of Spades T-shirt needed replacing, so he handed me a card he had got poets to sign during the night to thank me for organising Megaverse events and a new Ace of Spades T-shirt.  Then he performed Ace Of Spades, accompanying himself on electric ukulele with a built in drum machine…would Lemmy have been honoured or horrified? Who can tell? With typically enthusiastic abandon Mr Daggers threw himself around the stage during a tribute performance that was as truly unique as his approach to the poetry he also lobbed in the general direction of the audience! Then came…

Renn  

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Those who have heard Renn perform never know if she will bring her joyfully outrageous side or her more calm and considered elements to her performance and keeping people on their toes seems to be a definite aim from this performance artist who recently incepted JUKE, a monthly free open mic night she hosts, welcoming all kinds of spoken word performance. Click here to find out about the next JUKE (the first since the death of David Bowie, so expect tributes, including one from me). After Renn at Megaverse came…

Gareth Davies

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Often aiming for the funny bone with brief pieces, Gareth didn’t disappoint the audience at Megaverse, so I will have to trust the reception he got as a big thumbs up, since my pesky ears were failing me again…thanks for putting yourself forward to perform on the night, and hear you better soon!

After Gareth, I called to the stage…

 Francesca Murphy

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Warm, inventive, friendly and as likely to sing as recite or read, Francesca once again delivered the goods with her presence and enjoyment of what she does adding extra levels to already polished performance skills! And when she was done, along came…

Fran Smith

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Fran, Philosphical Body Poet, delivers words that reflect her work and her attitude to life, seeking to promote physical and psychic healing through promotion of postivity and compassion in her writing and therapeutically with her practice of kinesiology, aiming to  treat the mind and the body and explore the effect of one on the other…the mad rush and novelty addiction of the modern world have a lot to answer for, according to Fran’s words!

And Fran’s words would have been the final ones from the poets and performers I was introducing, had it not been for…

Jacque Croupier

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Jacque was an unexpected and very welcome addition to the list of performers at the Megaverse at the Full Moon, stepping up from serving drinks behind the bar to deliver lines behind the mic. Influenced by hip hop, he is no stranger to performing his work and introducing that of others in his non bar work life via Left Suit Events who will be putting on a benefit gig in memory of David Bowie (SOLD OUT, I’m afraid, I didn’t get a ticket in time, either).

The words of Ssh author John Eliot also featured in Megaverse 7, though he became unable to  make the event in person so I read out two pieces on his behalf, Autumn and Divorce…

I wrapped up proceedings with The Booty Song and the seventh Megaverse was done, just want to thank everyone who agreed in advance to perform, and Gareth and Jacque for joining the event on the night. Info on Megaverse and pics from previous events can be found here

And look, a mosaic montage of the night….thanks again for the pictures, Paula Hughes, and if you look at them, you’ll be able to spot Pauline Williams, Sketchbook in hand!

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MEGAVERSE NO.6 AT OXJAM TAKEOVER FESTIVAL, WOMANBY STREET 29/11/15

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With many thanks to Danusia Kuczys, Martine Whelan, Oxjam and all Oxjam volunteers and performers who made the event possible…

November 29th 2015…a bleak and stormy day in Cardiff for the OXJAM TAKEOVER Festival but hardy and brave souls fought the elements and made it to Womanby street, for music, burlesque and MEGAVERSE…Thanks to Paula Hughes (and where indicated, Bridget Leggy Tanner) for the pics below…

Thanks to all who came to perform and listen, and to Julie Pritchard, Lisa Megraw and Gemma June Howell who couldn’t be there in person but had their work shared with the audience.

CLICK HERE for further info on MEGAVERSE…

CLICK HERE  for further details on many of the poets featured in these pics of the two sessions of MEGAVERSE NO.6

MEGAVERSE NO.6 at URBAN TAP HOUSE 3pm-5pm(ish)

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Introductions, verse, song and cheer leading and shaking of the charity bucket from the MEGAVERSE organiser, and host Will Ford…

The poets….up first…

John Eliot…

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The Back and Front of Neil Davies…check out the T-shirt…

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Terri Hoskings…

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Mario Umberto Fiorillo…

Bernard Pearson…

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Johnny Giles…

Bel Blue…

Clive Oseman…

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Christina Thatcher…

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Fritz O’Skennick…pic by BLT

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Steven Kenward…Pic by BLT

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Des Mannay…Pic by BLT

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Mark Montinaro…Pic by BLT

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MEGAVERSE NO.6 at URBAN TAP HOUSE PART TWO 7pm-9pm(ish)

Part two kicked off with…

Mark Curtis…

Bridget Leggy Tanner…

Bryan Marshall…

Fran Smith…

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Patrick Widdess…

Will Ford Reading The Words of Lisa Megraw and Julie Pritchard…

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Farah Allibhai…

Paula Hughes…

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Dave Daggers…

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Ceri Sian…

Beth…

Laz Lazarus, reading on behalf of Gemma June Howell, before launching into his own box of tricks…

 

Thank you Lisa Megraw, Julie Pritchard And Gemma June Hall, who couldn’t make it in person but had their words shared in absentia!

Thanks again Paula Hughes and Bridget Leggy Tanner for the photos, Mostly by Paula above, more from BLT below…

Thanks everyone for your efforts to make it the best day it could possibly be for us all xx

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OXJAM CARDIFF TAKEOVER FESTIVAL NOV 29th 2015 featuring 50 bands over 5 stages and spoken word/poetry with MEGAVERSE

WHAT IS MEGAVERSE

Click that link in a moment, first of all look at THIS…

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From 3pm to Midnight, Sunday November 29th, OXJAM is taking over the Womanby Street area of Cardiff to bring you a staggering array of sounds and words sung and spoken and even some tastefully tasty burlesque dancing !!! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

All for only £7, or the reduced price of a FIVER if you have a flyer, or print out this picture of it and bring it with you…

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PRINT THIS OUT, GET IN FOR A FIVER!!!!!

I am organising and hosting the latest MEGAVERSE spoken word and poetry showcase as part of OXJAM TAKEOVER and will be throwing some of my verse and various oddities at you, along with over TWENTY other wordy folk, all with their own unique style of delivery and way with words…serious, silly, moving, engaging, challenging, energetically delivered, laid back, shouted, rapped, you’ll hear all kinds of words at URBAN TAP HOUSE from 3pm…Pics of performers and further details below the list of names…

AFTERNOON (3pm-5pm ish)
Neil Davies
Clive Oseman
Johnny Giles
John Eliot
Mario Umberto Fiorillo
Bel Blue
Fritz O’Skennick
Bernard Pearson
Terri Hoskings
Paula Hughes
Christina Thatcher
Mark Montinaro
Des Mannay
Gemma June Howell

EVENING 7pm-9pm ish)
Julie Pritchard
Patrick Widdess
Fran Smith
Farah Alibhai
Steven Kenward
Ceri Sian
Mark Curtis
Dave Daggers
Eric Ngalle Charles
Bridget Leggy Tanner
Lisa Megraw
Laz Lazarus

PLEASE NOTE THE  ABOVE RUNNING ORDER IS INTENDED AS A GUIDE ONLY.

NOW, KEEP READING…

DON’T PANIC, THERE ARE PICTURES!!!

 

Your Host…Will Ford