Posts tagged “spoken word

Phantom Hound III – Sept 9th

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o sweet lord it’s happening again… EVENT LINK

As you can see, this gig happens on Wed 9 Sept At The Coach House… If you don’t know about this venue, you should.  Same goes for the performers – I’m not playing this time, am just the door-bitch, but in ascending order we have:

Shonalika – one of the best singer-songwriters in a town full of ’em

Crysi di Milo – excoriating spoken word mayhem

& headliners Broken Ears – so tight and heavy it’s frankly SCARY

Music from 8pm, no messing.  The hound of pleasure calls! x


GIG, 8th July, Brighton – PHANTOM HOUND presents…

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This is going to be a very interesting gig.  (In a good way.)

It features super-powerful performance poet Gary Goodman, renowned multi-instrumental improviser Alistair Strachan, some attention-whore with an Irish surname that’s hard to pronounce, and devastatingly dark new talent Rochelle McLean.

And it happens in one of the – if not thecoolest venues in Brighton.  Wed 8 July, folks.  It may be Summer, but BRING BACK DARKNESS.


words/music/more words – a dish of news, July ’14

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this, but on the radio

I’ve got an hour of spoken word and live music coming out on Radio Reverb, hopefully on Sun 27 July at 11pm (then repeated three times the following week).  A preview of the first two and a half minutes can be heard here.  That’s 97.2FM kids.*

It was a buzz to put together – kind of nerve-wracking too… if I manage to hold yr attention, unsettle you a bit: good.  For sixty minutes, though?  I think it holds up…  Listen in, see if you agree.

Otherwise, got some gigs coming – including a London leg of Waterghosts.

UPDATE:

*& it’s now going out on Sun 24th August.  Not sure what happened there, but it’s confirmed for broadcast on this date.


Waterghosts is here: 23 – 25 May

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Waterghosts @ Brighton Fringe, May 2014

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It’s finally happening: at the Brighton Fringe in May at St Mary’s Church, and should be wonderfully mental.

Won’t say more at present – largely because I don’t know much more myself – but I’ll be performing a spoken word piece, and there’ll be music / sound, dancers, sculpture, and a certain amount of the kind of thing you see in the photo above.  (That’s not me up there btw but Jamie Sturrock, whose brainchild all of this holy madness is.)

Full listing in the Brighton Fringe programme, here.


on the radio, muttering – Sunday 28 July (& Tue, Wed, Fri…)

I’m on Radio Reverb this Sunday as part of an hour-long programme of spoken word and improvised music – that’s 28 July at 11pm, on 97.2FM.  The programme’s repeated at the following times:

Tue 30 July 7am

Wed 31 July 11am, &

Fri 2 Aug 5am

Prog’s Tales from a Coldean Woodsheddetails here.  It features a load of readings from me, abstract performances by David Moscovich and improvised guitar interludes from Jamie Sturrock.
The show’s been recorded already and sounds absolutely superb – if you like that kind of thing.  If you don’t, why the fuck are you reading this?

coming soon: more radio & a novel

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sneak preview: live readings

Something different…  In a week’s time I’m back on Nigel Staley’s programme Under The Table on Brighton & Hove Community Radio, Thursday 27th June, 6 – 7pm.  (Not bad going, considering the last occasion was only a couple of months back.)  This time I’ll be performing eight spoken word pieces, with ambient interludes from Susumu Yokota’s album The Boy and the Tree.  The pieces will include three extracts from this novel, Leland Poet – which I’m re-releasing onto Kindle the following week, on Monday 1st July.

It’s quite a step away from strumming guitar, but there’s many hooks to grip you with.


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So… live session on Thursday (25th) went well – Under The Table on BHCR.  Despite technical problems at the start of the show cutting into the timeslot (handled with aplomb by presenter Nigel Staley… truly, the man’s unflappable), it was a good programme and a buzz to perform on.  The time issue meant I didn’t get to play a couple of pre-recorded tracks – from Glow in the Dark – but did manage to fit in:

Monkey – an old song recorded by my band Empty Vessels in 2006 (on the Parlour 9 Sessions album)

Phantom Party – from the Episodes EP

Undertow – from 1st album This Mucky Age

…Plus live versions of Wet Dream Disaster, Face of Stone & Larkin.  I got these recorded, and will no doubt find a use for em soon.  A freebie, perhaps.  Did a spoken word piece and talked a load of shit about nudist beaches in Brighton, John Peel’s disembodied essence, that kind of thing, and selected tracks by Lou Reed (Waves of Fear) and The Fall (Ladybird) – neither of them get aired enough nowadays.

Yeah, tech issues aside it was pretty sweet to have almost a whole programme to play with.  Other than that, I’ve been offered a local gig – details very soon – and am hatching schemes and plans enormousfold.


Water Ghost whispers

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It’s been a while, but then this time of year’s rarely very dramatic.

Lately, the focus is on improvising, found sounds and field recordings – for instance, a spoken word piece I just did with a sound artist named Jamie Sturrock.

He’d produced a very eerie soundscape called water ghosts, based on noises obtained by dangling a mic into an underground cavern in Scotland.  I wrote a response after sitting in the dark with it, then recorded this with him.  The results, when finished, may be released at some point – but that’s out of my hands, and part of a larger ongoing project.  More news on this if/when I have it.

Anyway, it’s very exciting so far; Jamie’s website (with water ghosts toward the bottom of the page) can be found here.


radio gig verdict

That was fun.  Played three songs live and read a short story, on BHCR‘s Under The Table programme, Thur eve.  The songs were Into It, Love Unknown and Clumsy – album versions here – and the story was Complaint from the Other World, recently re-published by Ether Books.

You know how obscure old horror/ghost story writers have that one tale that crops up again and again in paperback collections…?  Hubristic as it sounds, I reckon this story’s mine, in a shit internet sort of way.

Which isn’t to say ambition doesn’t still gravel my arse.  To do better in writing, but more immediately in music.  Thankfully, that part went smooth as an adrenaline icecream, and hopefully I’ll have some recordings as evidence soon.

Thanks to Nigel & Pierce – and btw, James Herbert has oddly sketchy handwriting (his was the previous entry in the guestbook)…