Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Show: 28.7.13 with Stephen Morrison-Burke

This show features poetry by Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam Champion Stephen Morrison-Burke recorded in Cambridge at Allographic: Other Voices. There is also a poem from H&T founder Steve Larkin along with a variety of music and news of The Romsey Art Festival.

The Fall - The League of Bald-Headed Men
The Doozer - Fen Drayton
Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld - Still Smiling
August and After - Set Sail
The Hogweed And The Aderyn - The Pariah
Steve Larkin - London Eye
Stephen Morrison-Burke - Poetry
Halo Halo - Sunshine Kim
Blue Sausage Infant - What The Parrot Saw
Ross Sutherland - Autopsy
maD and Alg0rh1tm - MaD - Nanits
Hyelim Kim - Scattering Rhythms

Monday, July 29, 2013

Romsey Art Festival

Get ready for two weeks of art, music, workshops and exhibitions as the first Romsey Art Festival launches this Saturday. Check out the packed programme of events, many of them free on the festival blog: There are a couple of Headstand related events happening this Saturday.

Creative Writing Workshop with Patrick Widdess

Join Patrick Widdess for a workshop that will encourage participants to look at the world around them in new and creative ways.

There will be a series of writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing and participants will have time to explore the surrounding area and work on their own writing.

The workshop is being held from 2-5pm at The Bath House on Gwydir Street. Email to book your free place. Advance booking is recommended and places are limited.

Adventures in language, art and performance poetry featuring Rychard Carrington and Ian Patterson, hosted by Patrick Widdess.

A number of short Open Mic slots will be available. Book in advance to guarantee a place:

For those wishing to delve further into the world of the Cambridge avant-garde, there will be a bookstall showcasing vital and challenging new work from local poets and publishers.

Admission: £3/£2 concessions

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Time Passes... A Time Lapse Tour of Cambridge

Take a 4 minute tour of Cambridge with this time lapse video by Marc Abraham. If you've been in Cambridge for any time you're sure to have come across this denim clad one-man camera crew and production outfit. Wherever there's a party, protest, community event or avant-garde concert in Cambridge you can be sure to find Marc there with his camera.
This film starts at The Gwydir Street Party blends seamlessly into The Big Weekend, takes in various other locations before a high velocity trip down Mill Road, the cultural heart of the city. All this is accompanied by a catchy soundtrack also composed by Marc.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Poem: Stars and Strings by Stephen Morrison-Burke

This Sunday's show features a set by Hammer and Tongue national slam champion Stephen Morrison-Burke. Here's one of the poems that won him the title broadcast on an earlier show.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Photos: Shindig with Wooden Arms // August & After and Milly Hirst

Wesley Freeman-Smith seems to know endless exquisite singers and acoustic groups. This month's Shindig once again at St Philips featured the angelic sounding Milly Hirst, finely crafted acoustic folk from August and After and a stirring performance by Wooden Arms joined by Milly Hirst.
As usual it wasn't just a gig with three acts. There were visuals accompanying the music and spoken word in between. There was also an unexpected appearance from a gorilla in a dress!

 Milly Hirst
 August and After

 Gorilla artwork!
Wooden Arms

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Show: 14.7.13 with Richard Harding and Jessica Leach

I'm joined by Richard Harding and Jessica Leach who play some of their disco music and read work produced at their regular object writing workshop. Find out more at

Peter King - Jo Jolo
The Breaches - Once More into the Breaches, Dear Friend
The Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
Fuzzy Lights - Rituals
Wooden Arms - Chariclea
Dent May - Don’t Wait
Richard Harding and Jessica Leach - Thorough Lover
Richard Harding and Jessica Leach - Bored By My Desire
Ross Sutherland - Ox
Jet Jaguar - Agave Fox (feat. Jeremy Hunter)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Shindig this Saturday with Wooden Arms // August & After and Milly Hirst

Shindig returns to St Philips on Mill Road this Saturday with art and music from Norwich and Cambridge. Details below and on Facebook.

Clandestine, candle-lit adventures with some of Norwich's finest, augmented with the fabulous ex-Cambridge duo August & After. Expect an intimate show of beautifully acoustic indie-folk in a stunning setting.

Performances will be forthcoming from the following...


// Wooden Arms -

Sound reverbated through bone to flesh; a clattering composition of cacophony; frequencies expelled via the instrument and voice to form music.


// August & After -

Abundant vocal harmonies and narrative lyricism, spilt onto a bed of gentle, intricate guitars and classically-inspired orchestration. Additional strings adorn their live performances to recreate the tones of their home recordings. You can hear one of their songs on the latest show.


// Milly Hirst -

A prominent figure in the thriving and Norwich folk scene, Milly's music has enchanted wherever she has plied her trade. A voice that can transform a drunken audience into an attentive one.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Catch Luke Wright's new show at the Junction this Saturday

Performance poet Luke Wright brings his new show Essex Lion to The Junction on Saturday.
Inspired by the Essex lion which campers near Clacton claimed they saw last year the show is full of romping satirical verses about people seeing what they want to see. Here are posh plumbers, fallen boozers, Lovejoy, belly-laughs and dewy-eyes.

The show is part of The Hotbed Festival - a full weekend of plays show and workshops. Tickets full all events are on sale now from The Junction.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Show: 30.6.13

A mix of music and spoken word old and new including Gaze is Ghost who starred at the last Shindig and August and After who will be at the next one.

Beck - Where it’s At
Demis Couscous - Rough on Rats (Beck cover)
Public Enemy - Get Up Stand Up
Raymond Antrobus - Conversation with Grandma
Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld - Come Up and See Me
Darren Hayman - I Live Not Where I Love
Gaze is Ghost - Grounding Exercise No. 1
August and After - Waltz for Marie
Half Man Half Biscuit - The Coroner’s Footnote
Ivor Cutler - Baked Beetles
Six By Seven - The Rise And Fall And Decline Of Everything
The Love Language - Hi Life
Phil Odgers - Through the Morning, Through The Night
Leftfield - Original