chronicle: September 2009

Enigma Magazine hosted an open mic writing night, Spoken From The Art, at The Cross Kings in Kings Cross. In a cellar whose every wall was redundantly daubed with visions of hell by some Satanist intern, a parade of versifiers were given free rein.

The Blowpipes mixed medieval music with Edith Piaf, free improvisation and Star Trek at Islington’s Union Chapel, at a very well-managed stained-glass special run by Daylight Music. Earlier, a man with a laptop was suspected of only miming the key-prodding, though he did seem to be singing something.

At Freedom Of Expression, Alice Doyne sparkled in song, despite being poorly, Tom Janssen tantalized with tunes from his forthcoming guitar album, trombone poetry played tunes from Speech, and Sue Verran shone to the finish.

In a new venture at the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton, trombone poetry joined forces with top-notch songster Daniel Maitland for Upstairs At The Ritzy. A stage, a bar, a balcony, a few sirens: we hope to be back for a winter re-run.

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