FREE SPOKEN WORD EVENT-OPEN MIC…R.A.R.A HOSTED THIS TIME BY WILL FORD AND BRIDGET LEGGY TANNER

RATHER ARTICULATELY  READING ALOUD

FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC!

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 2017

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…let rip, let it go, share your creations, release the flow…at RARA!

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FREE SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC! 

This month, RARA will be hosted by

 

 

Will Ford

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Bridget Leggy Tanner

 

 

Bridget Leggy Tanner and Will Ford will both offer you some words of their own, as well as welcoming and introducing readers to the unique laidbackness of RARA (shut up spell checker, laidbackness is a word, ok?).

Whether you wish to spit fire at an unjust world, warm the heart and ears of the listener, express unique and quirky insight, at RARA you have five minutes to use in whatever sweet, silly, serious or bonkers way you see fit. Free your words, show us the world through your eyes, paint pictures purely with alphabetical components

 

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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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LOOKING BACK AT MEGAVERSE @ HUB Festival Cardiff 2017

 

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Megaverse organiser/host/performer Will Ford
and Megaverse Feature Poets Susan Evans & Darell Epp

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Many thanks already offered and many more go out now to Darrell and Susan for their awesome sets respectively closing the two Megaverse Sessions on the Saturday and Sunday with awesome deliveries of their unique brands of emotional poetic goodness

Click HERE to find out more about them and the other fantastic performers bringing an multi-layered range of wordy flavours featured in the explosion of pics below and others who somehow managed to not be photographed by Dave Daggers, Rachel Carney, Patrick Widdess, Matt Troy, Susan Evans or Gordon Anderson!

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MORE DETAILS ON THE PERFORMERS HERE!!!
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THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING IT A GREAT TWO DAYS OF SPOKEN WORD AS PART OF THE ANNUAL HUB MUSIC AND OTHER ARTS FESTIVAL

THANK YOU HUB FESTIVAL FOR HAVING MEGAVERSE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW! THANK YOU FOR READING THESE WORDS!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS OF ALL THE PERFORMERS FEATURED ABOVE

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HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2017 featuring MEGAVERSE!

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FEATURING DOZENS OF MUSICIANS, VISUAL ART AND MORE

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MEGAVERSE PERFORMERS FOR HUB 2017

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Flying in from Canada to MEGAVERSE@HUB 2017…

DARRELL EPP
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Darrell Epp, Straight Outta Canada! Author of two poetry books
After Hours and Imaginary Maps

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SUNDAY FEATURE PERFORMER

Travelling from Brighton to do Megaverse at  HUB 2017…

SUSAN EVANS

 Saboteur-shortlisted Best Spoken Word Performer, Susan Evans is a regular, featured artist on the UK’s performance poetry circuits, from Ronnie Scott’s and the South Bank Centre, to the garden shed. Straddling stage and page, she is also a regular contributor to a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies, in print and online. Themes include: love, lust, loss & living on the edge. You can find out about her here: CLICK!  You can see her on YouTube here: CLICK

And now, in GLORIOUS ALPHABETICAL ORDER… 

OTHER VOICES YOU WILL HEAR DURING THE TWO

MEGAVERSE SESSIONS @ HUB FESTIVAL CARDIFF 2017…

GORDON ANDERSON

Expect Gordon Anderson to set you up gently for mysterious curveballs!

ROSIE BUF

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Rosie will entrance you with her powerfully humane approach to spoken word

RACHEL CARNEY

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Poet/Literary blogger Rachel will whisper gently to your soul, she was Created To Read, which happens to be the name of her blog!

MARK CURTIS

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Mark’s heart is worn unashamedly on his sleeve and written directly onto his page

JULIE CROAD

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Julie’s wordiness takes in sensual vegetables and surreal sheds, so bring a smile!

GARETH DAVIES

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Gareth Davies,  storyteller, sometime poet and jolly good chap!

NEIL DAVIES

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Neil Davies: The fastest mouth in spoken word, can you keep up with his quick wit and delivery?

JOHN ELIOT

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Ssh! is the title of John’s first poetry collection. Ssh!

Listen!

ISSAH LOYAAN FARRAH

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Crossing the Welsh/English border for HUB, breakng down barriers with his words!

WILL FORD

Megaverse organiser and host, Will will recite, and probably sing and he really finds it very strange to be referring to himself in the third person in this blog he is writing!

DES MANNAY

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Self Described HOOLIGAN POET seeking what is right, from the Left Wing perspective!

LIZ MARSH

Very soon after beginning to take part in spoken word events, Liz Marsh found a whole new world for her words and her experiences, via verse and poetry that examines fears fearlessly, expound joys joyfully!

BRYAN MARSHALL

Bryan is a powerhouse producer of word arrangements and an awesome writing workshop leader!

SARA MCREADIE

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Recent Winner of a Poetry Slam (organised by the awesome poet and all round inspiration, Christina Thatcher), Sara is very much at home behind a microphone!

FFION WYN MORRIS

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Strong words, strong perspective – Ffion Wyn Morris

RUFUS MUFASA

Singer, Rapper, poet, writing workshop leader, Mum, Rufus is awesome at it all. And accompanied by poet/performer/beatboxer ZARU, she kicks it loud and hardcore!

FRANCESCA MURPHY

Poet, Singer, Reformed Librarian, bringer of joy, Francesca Murphy!!!

CLIVE OSEMAN

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Escaping for Hub from Swindon, where he adds to his range of word related activity by Joint-organising Oh Beehive!

FRITZ O’SKENNICK

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Prolific and wide ranging creative mind, singer, songwriter, film maker Fritz may be controversial or dark, or a total sweetheart…Enjoy’s parodying traditional masculinity, via such work as Pre-Manstrual Tension, which has sometimes had them rolling with laughter, sometimes had them open mouthed with shock (if the intent to parody male insecurity and helplessness via a piece harking back to the less socially enlightened age of Pathe News features is not latched onto, uh-oh!)

 JAMEY PEARCE

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Jamey, as part of Dope Biscuits (with Rufus Mufasa) and by himself,

brings a wordstorm to the party!

ALEX PROCTOR

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Bringing a literary style with bared teeth to much of his writing, Alex Proctor!

FRAN SMITH

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Fran Smith seeks the light, in the heart, body, mind and in life, for what else can deal with the darker and injurious to body/spirit influences in our world?

MATT L.T. SMITH

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Matt will join us to offer his personal and political perspective on the world,
and like Issah Loyaah Farah travelled from Southampton for Megaverse@HUB

MAT TROY

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Mat Troy is a gentleman of letters, and arranges said letters into many

befuddlingly amusing and sometimes alarming arrangements

PATRICK WIDDESS

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Published Poet, Podcaster, Performer and Pleasant Person who may be Feeding The Spacemen (the title of his first full collection). Google Headstand Podcast and check out his kindly conducted interviews with his poetic peers!

This blog comes your way in association with willdeanford.com

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Free Write @ Chapter Cwtch Fri 30.06.17

 

The last Friday of the month is coming, so why not come to…

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Coming?

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

June 30 2017 meeting 10am to 1pm at The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

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Your Host

DISCLAIMER…will probably be less well dressed than this 🙂

Why should you come?

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

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As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

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Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which has met several times in Pontypridd. To keep up to date with upcoming FREE WRITE meetings in Cardiff and Pontypridd why not join the FREE WRITE FACEBOOK GROUP

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

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www.mabjones.com

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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

FREE WRITE AT CHAPTER CWTCH 10.00-13.00 31.03.17

Come the last Friday of every month, come to…

FREEWRITEBANNER

Meeting once a month, with no fixed agenda, FREE WRITE brings together poets, storytellers,spoken word performers, novelists, comedians, creators of words in whatever form, meet up to connect, chat, share experiences, successes, cautionary tales relating in any way to writing, the process, the results, the joys, the pain, the paths and the pitfalls of  the word based life. And also write if the muse strikes!

MARCH  31 2017 MEETING: 10am to 1pm in The Cwtch, Chapter Arts Centre

No two Free Write sessions are the same, you may use the session to focus on getting some words down by yourself, or join the discussion, maybe a prompt will arise during the event and those who wish may try and create something on the spot. Work may be read out to willing listeners, you may learn of open mic or other occasions to try out your work publicly, something about writing generally or about your work particularly might be causing you grief and maybe someone will offer you a new perspective, deliberately, or even accidentally, via the flow of social intercourse.

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As with all things creative, the trick is getting the flow started, however that happens and flowing to wherever the flow goes.

Which is FREE WRITE in a nutshell!

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Drop in, tune in, drop out, as best suits your particular needs and inclinations

Free Write was created by Mab Jones and is hosted in Cardiff by Will Ford 

Mab recently created Free Write: Valleys Edition, which convened for the first time in Pontypridd Earlier this month. Keep your beady eyes on the interwebs for news on this and future Valley’s Editions, or better still, go to www.mabjones.com

and be close to the informational source!

 Come along and feel the flow of Free Write, you make it what it is!

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www.mabjones.com

www.willdeanford.com

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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This is how it went down last year…   

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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                                                                    Laz Lazarus

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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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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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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?

www.willdeanford.com

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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?

www.willdeanford.com

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