in Libraries 2006
18 April - 5 May
Lorraine Bowen & Phil
Quirky cabaret on a Casio keyboard -
Lorraine has performed at the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Milan
International Lounge Music Festival, & Edinburgh
Festival. Wearing glamorous dresses reminiscent of 60s London
fashion, she takes us into her world of colourful kitsch yet
keeps us down to earth with a sense of mundane domesticity.
Where easy listening meets suburban exotica!
England's answer to Jacques Brel -
superb performer in the chanson tradition - A powerful
singer-songwriter with a remarkable grasp of storytelling, an
ability to evoke a gallery of memorable characters in
exquisitely wrought verse, and a very dark sense of humour.
Phil Jeays Website
Beat-Pop-Poetry & Pseudo Chanson
Kraftwerk meets the Krankies via Kylie & Cohen
Project Adorno Website
Room @ The Top
was one half of the critically acclaimed indie-pop duo Carter USM,
who reached their zenith in the early 1990s. They were arguably a
vital part of the popular culture scene rousing “the kids”
into a righteous fury against the then Tory Government with a
series of devastatingly catchy and socially aware pop anthems. For
Lyrics in Libraries Jim Bob will be promoting his recent
autobiography “Goodnight Jim Bob” as well as playing an
acoustic music set. Jim
Marsden is vocalist and chief songwriter of the arch pop band The
Free French. Drawing from the work of pop bastions such as
Bacharach and Brian Wilson, the Free French combine wholesome
melodies and contagious West Coast leanings with literate pop
Free French Website
legend in his own lifetime, one of the most important English folk
artists of his generation, and still playing folk clubs all over the
world. Since the mid sixties Martin Carthy has been recognised as a
virtuoso folk guitarist with a cleanly articulated vocal style.
Carthy has the ability to take a traditional song, adapt it, often
with either a new tune or additional words, and say something
contemporary and relevant whilst retaining the work's traditional
poetry and singing duo, Rahi & Syal fuse south Indian folk song
and traditional Hindu poetry. Their style is unique with songs
performed in both Hindi and English. Backed by live harmonium and
tabla they produce songs of rousing beauty interspersed with
for the “lyrical masterpiece” "Two
Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please" and the Rolf
Harris cover "Two
Little Boys", Splodge
brings a unique mixture of punk and humour to the stage. As a band
became a national name, with appearances on Top of the Pops,
complete with a nine piece band, a dog called "Two Pint's
Pearson", and a UK top ten hit!
from Pog - Pithy tales of social angst on an
performance poetry event open to all.
£30 prize for the winner!
Rules & Info
Beresford, Project Adorno & more...
night of experimental sound and lyrics between the bookshelves.
NYC composer/producer JG Thirlwell
(Foetus,Steroid Maximus,Manorexia,Baby Zizanie)
reading texts to instrumental backing, toy-piano
supremo Steve Beresford, and electro-beat
poetry from Project Adorno mixing and matching
the smell of old books with the thrill of 1980s computer
& many more surprise guests.
A night like no other ever witnessed in a library!
Multi-instrumentalist - piano, trumpet, euphonium, voice,
low-grade electronics, bass guitar, small intruments, composer
Beat-pop poetry featuring spoken word fused to early 80s
inspired pop/electro sound
includes sound and image collages containing an equally witty
and dark view of popular culture with a surrealistic edge, both
pre-recorded and in a live setting.
Dax & Dave Knight
80s indie-superstar Dax made swirling, giddy,
multilayered pop songs. More recently doing spoken word
among other projects. For the Lyrics In Libraries Dax will
perform with Dave Knight - spoken word to sound loop/drone
Driving force behind anarcho-punk legends Zounds. Recent
projects include exotic-electronica of Neurostar, tortured
English urban-country sounds of The Relatives and junkyard
jazz of IKE. Most recent incarnation as Spook Brothers
providing "family entertainment for dysfunctional
Defekts featuring Mike
Harding of Touch
Photo by Anne Katrine Senstad
Caribbean storyteller & performer
Image courtesy of Music For Change