Upcoming gigs

Upcoming Gigs

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TESTT (Durham): April 12th

The New Adelphi (Hull): April 15th

Workshop Theatre (Leeds): April 17th

Hydra Bookshop (Bristol): April 18th

Derby Theatre: April 20th

Harrogate Theatre: April 24-25th

Ovalhouse (London): April 26-28th


London Book Launch at Ovalhouse, April 26th

York Book Launch at All Saints Church, April 29th

Small Fry DIY, Warrington, 2nd May

Spoken Weird, Halifax: 3rd May

Born Lippy, Newcastle 9th May

Shaken In Sheep Town, Skipton: 10th May

Find The Right Words, Leicester : 16th May

Queenie’s Coffee Nights, Huddersfield: 21st May

Gong Fu Poets, Coxhoe: 31st May

Verse Matters, Sheffield: 7th June

Slam Dunk, Hastings: 28th June

Word Club, Leeds: 29th June

Poetry Jam, Durham: 4th October

Monday, 30 May 2011

Carry On Strummercamping

So yesterday I was very privileged to compare the Hempen Jig acoustic stage of Strummercamp Festival.  I’ll just break that down, Hempen Jig promotions is a Leeds-based organisation run by members of Bootscraper, a fantastic folk-punk band anyone who fancies decent song-writing should check out.  Strummercamp is a 3-dayer festival set up to commemorate Joe Strummer and everything he did for people and music.  I could only do the Sunday, as I’ve been in Stratford-Upon-Avon seeing the RSC’s Macbeth and Merchant of Venice (don’t forget I’m a theatry person as well as a dirty punk).
So early train of 7.12 and, after a few hours, Huddersfield Town football fans, The Clash tracks on my iPod and google maps I found the site.  I chose mostly the chilled out poems early, Stars and Friends, before moving into the ‘political’ ones to great response.  The crowds seemed bemused during the sets but afterwards got a fair whack of people asking after my stuff and saying they enjoyed my stuff.  SO THAT WAS GOOD.  Met some great guys in bands, check out Perkie, Speed Dinosaurs, Billy Liar, Darran Poyzer and Throw Rocks At Cops, currently uploading the CDs I bought.  Find them all on Facebook NOW.  Managed to catch spot-on sets from Stand Out Riot, Chief and The Selecter, which means I’ve seen every 2tone band :D
The strange thing about Strummercamp is the sort of ‘holiness’ of Strummer.  I hope I summarised my love for Strummer in my poem on Facebook ‘This Ain’t A Scene’ which you can find under the notes section of facebook.com/henryrabypoetry.  The problem with making men and women into legends is that it stops them being human.  Hercules was a legend, Joe was a man but his deeds and tasks were far more practical, exiting and meaningful.  To me anyway.  Punk took away that element of the bloated rock star that The Stones, The Who, The Beatles and prog had evolved into.  Joe was a spokesperson, a great musician, a force...but still just some bloke at the end of the day.  And that is what makes music (of all genres and artists) special.  “If you’re oh-so fucking special then who cares what you have to say?” sings Frank Turner.
So hopefully will get to do more stages and festivals if people will have me.  Speaking of which, this Sunday is Barefoot In The Park, a ace day of poetry, spoken word, story-telling and music so be sure to come down to Hyde Park in Leeds this coming Sunday 5th, google to find more info.  Me and my girlfriend might be working on some fanzines of poetry and images to plug too, but more info on that to come.
To finish here’s  track of me paying tribute to Gil Scott-Heron who sadly passed away on Saturday.  A great influence on me since I first heard ‘On The Subway’ off a Clash influences CD.  Political and exciting poetry, unafraid to hit issues head-on, with so much confidence it gts deep into your head.  Maybe someone will do Scott-Heroncamp?

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