Come celebrate the post-valentine joy or blues with the salubrious ORGAN GRINDERS who promise a spiffing night of live literature, folk, jazz and of course the coveted port!
TRASHED ORGAN presents the celebrated poet and performance maestro Tim Turnbull alongside North East stalwarts: Kathleen Kenny, Keith Armstrong, Ira Lightman, and Rowan McCabe.
Plus folk styling’s from singer/songwriter Simon Stephenson and supreme jazz from our favourites Fiona’s Jazz Express!
And if that isn’t enough, as usual one lucky audience member will be crowned the TRASHED LAUREATE winning a bottle of port for a fine line of lyrical bliss!
Tim Turnbull Tim Turnbull is the author of two collections, ‘Caligula on Ice and Other Poems’ and ‘Stranded in Sub-Atomica’ from Donut Press, and several pamphlets as well as two acclaimed stage shows 'Caligula on Ice' and ‘Tim Turnbull’s Tales of Terror’. He is currently working on a horror novel and a series of macabre short stories. His shows combine accomplished poetry of great formal dexterity with a dynamic stage presence and he has entertained audiences of across Britain for over fifteen years. Winner of ‘The Contenders’ Performance Poetry Fellowship in 2006 he has also been nominated for first collection and best poem categories in the Forward Prizes.
Kathleen Kenny Kathleen Kenny lives and works in Newcastle. Her books include Hole; Keening with Spittal Tongues; and Firesprung. Her latest poetry collection: Travelling Like Eggs, was published in October 2011 by Red Squirrel Press. She works as a lecturer for Sunderland University and as a freelance creative writing tutor throughout the region.
Keith Armstrong Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Keith Armstrong now resides in Whitley Bay and is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project. He was the founder of Ostrich poetry magazine, Poetry North East, Tyneside Poets and the Strong Words and Durham Voices community publishing series. His poetry has been extensively published in magazines such as New Statesman, Poetry Review, Dream Catcher, and Other Poetry. In 2007 he was awarded a doctorate for his work on Newcastle writer Jack Common at the University of Durham, which was published by the University of Sunderland Press in 2009.
Ira Lightman Ira Lightman is a conceptual poet. He makes public art (he invented a new font for the windows of Gateshead Library) and plays left-field ukulele. Some of his many books actually have his name on the spine.
Rowan McCabe Provides an eclectic mish-mash of beat poetry and lofty English verse, woven into a fully functioning patchwork quilt; a quilt which, though not aesthetically pleasing, could easily protect the carpet whilst re-painting the walls, or dry the dog off after a rainy walk in the park.
Simon Stephenson Simon is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who plays traditional material. His songs are inspired by the tradition but look towards the modern landscape for inspiration. The guitar playing has echo's of Bert Jansch and the 'Folk Baroque' and he sings in a warm narrative style. Simon is doing a host of small shows ahead of a gig this summer at Beverley Folk Festival as part of the Area 2 stage, where Simon intends to launch his solo CD 'Ghost in the Pines". Simon has also worked with theatre company 'Bubble and Squeek' as musical director and composer for their steam-punk re-imagining of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. Simon also works with fantastic singer and clarsach player Miranda Barty Taylor and percussionist Ged Robinson. Simon also plays occasionally with jazz guitar maestro Bradley Johnston.
8pm start £4/3 (concessions) on the door
The Bridge Hotel Castle Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1RQ