When our Glossop Creative Social Group decided to get its feet wet with our first Open Mic session, ‘Pot Luck Creatives Bring In The New Year’, we didn’t know what would be served up. We were in for quite a treat – a diverse plateful of art, music and spoken word.
This was the ‘menu’:
The Wednesday Club, band: surefire starters for warming us up, with their vivacious sound and the ‘smoked honey’ vocals of the lead singer, Zoe Ey. Popular local line-up who generously supported all the other acts by volunteering to set up first and helping with microphones etc.
Me: reading from my latest novel, ‘The Life Coach Less Travelled‘ (an extract my readers found funny; where the third client of the questionable Life Coach consults her about weight loss).
Steady Eddie, Edman Braithwaite,artist/singer/songwriter/guitarist: upped the beat further, with his song, ‘Positive Vibes’ setting the tone for the whole evening.
Georgia Turner, performing arts, writer: thoughtful and sensitive poem ‘It’s What Happens Now That Matters’; perfect encouragement for the New Year.
Theresa Rowan, poet/musician: hypnotic concoction of percussion and ‘Stream’ themed poetry, invoking ancient roots of folk-lore, both celebrating nature and haunting us with a reminder of the desolation and destruction of man-made environments .
Margaret Holbrook, poet, novelist: delightful segue into our pagan past, with poems ‘January’, drawing on Anglo-Saxon culture, and ‘February’, with allusions to myths and festivals of old, then ‘To Earth, A Love Poem’; charming metaphors of the garden; “In Spring, he saw her in a new light.”
Doug Torr, singer/songwriter/musician: kept us in happy folk-y mood, evoking, I thought, the spirit of Simon and Garfunkel with his original songs and guitar-playing.
Simon Robinson, poet: accelerated us into the the present day at high-speed with his hilariously ironic ‘love’ poems, ‘Texting You’ and ‘Power’, lending new meaning to the term, ‘hot rod’.
Mark Henderson, writer, storyteller : wonderfully-delivered tale of a walk through a graveyard on a dark night, building suspense to a humorous twist in conclusion.
Rob Stevens,writer, singer/songwriter, guitarist:his song about a soldier going into the trenches in World War 1, poignantly portrayed a sense of melancholic apprehension.
Maddy Kensdale, chanteuse: surprise introduction of a French flavour with an accomplished, moving rendition of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Boheme’.
Phil Poyser, poet: comically brought us back to reality with his New Year poems: Poem One (ends up deleted), Poem Two – ‘New Year’s Lament’, (written a year later and somehow involving Hot Cross buns) and finally ‘Wistful Twister’, revealing ‘Kyliephilic’ dreams of playing ‘Twister’ with the Antipodean actress.
Karl Largan, poet: inspirational tribute poem about the late African-American baseball player, Leroy ‘EverReady’ Roberts; and his short poems, the touching ‘Ghost of A Man’ and the funny ‘Haiku.’
Kat Sumner and Leighton Pennington, musicians : powerful, punchy, bluesy vocals accompanied by the Latin verve and spot-on chords of the guitarist; a great debut for the duo and ‘going out with a bang’ end to our first ‘Creative Fusion’ soiree.
So, thanks to all: Mark Henderson, a natural raconteur and brilliant MC, to Jenni and Georgia, our youngest members, who decorated the walls with phrases of what New Year meant for us, Edman for displaying samples of his stunning ‘organic art’, the performers, the lovely audience and the staff of The Globe, for providing a congenial ambience and legendary curry. Also to Nicola Worswick, founder of our group, and jointly, the charitable organisation ‘The Life You Choose‘, formed to support and enhance the lives of adults with learning difficulties and their families. Keep posted for our next event to raise funds for that project.