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A selection of previous gigs….

The only was is upThursday 4th May 2017. Poetry Jam at The Waddington Street Centre, Durham, with poets Paul Summers and Tom Conway plus open floor spots. A refreshing change to be sans microphone. They can get in the way, you know. I thoroughly enjoyed the night.

Monday 7th November 2016 supporting John Hegley at Whitley Bay Library with fellow poets Harry Gallagher and Ken Creen. What a blast for Harry, Ken and I to perform in front of an almost sold-out home crowd. And supporting John Hegley!!!

June 3rd 2016. Bay Traders, Whitley Bay. MCed at a private party I performed a couple of poems in between introducing The Cornshacks, Harry Gallagher and Ken (with two “n” s) Creen.

Friday 15th April 2016. Bay Traders, Whitley Bay. Private party. Performed alongside Harry Gallagher and The Legendary Ken Creen. Great fun.

Tuesday 8th March 2016: International Women’s Day event, Wallsend. Performed one poem, Swifts Screech and Circle in the Afternoon Sun. The poem’s theme of creative recovery seemed apt.Great audience: attentive, supportive and receptive.

Friday 20th November 2015. Bay Traders, Whitley Bay. Private party and as much fun as the last one in September. Great to see The Corn Shacks perform. I read poems including Skin Stains, Excavating Elaine & a Geordie haiku.

Friday 11th September 2015. Killingworth Library.  Part of the Heritage Open weekend. I was one several poets performing work about George Stephenson. The Sawdust Jacks performed too.

Friday 4th September, 2015. Bay Traders, 305 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay. Don, who runs Bay Traders, asked me to perform at this open evening. I was happy to oblige. The invite only audience was lovely and I got to support a wonderful bunch of musicians including Mick, Gill & Stew “Bottle Man” Rickard.

Friday 3rd April 2015. The Cumberland Arms, Byker, Ouseburnshire. Supporting Kevin Gilday from Scotland with his “The Man Who Drank Beer” show. Other support acts were musician George Sharpe and poet Vinny McHugh. Small but perfectly formed crowd. Warm reception but freezing cold room! George, Kevin and myself all fluffed/forgot our lines. I blame the microphone! Vinny was okay but he had his notebook with him to keep him right.

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Sunday 22nd March 2015. The Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay. Free as a Bard featuring me plus poet George Jowett and musical duo, The Primates. Fantastic night. Primates evoked late period Velvets. George performed his stunning Bonus Canto. The audience were receptive. Sold out event.

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Thursday 15th January 2015. The Stanza, Chillingham Arms, Heaton. First night of new monthly performance event run by Harry Gallagher and Mandy Maxwell. I performed with David O’Hanlon and Catherine Ayres. There were open mic slots too. See my blog for Jan 16th 2015 for more info

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Saturday 9th August 2014 : Woodhorn Church, near Newbiggin on Sea. A night of Northumbrian music and verse in this Grade 1 listed deconsecrated 11th century church. 7.30pm. Inspiring venue. Warm and receptive audience. Fantastic musicians. Mistake to wear linen trews…
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