This weekend saw the annual Music Festival in Worcester, it runs for this 3 days/ nights with artists and musicians performing free events for the public. This year I was lucky enough to take part on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Ian Passey (a.k.a Humdrum Express) a multi-talented musician and poet was organised the event on Saturday evening, at The Swan and Two Nicks. He had booked bands and musicians and thought it might be good to support the sets with poetry. He invited 8 of us to perform over the night.
Featuring performances from very special guest poets:
Heather Wastie, Mike Alma, William Shatspeare, Mogs, Michelle Crosbie, Andrew Owens, Suz Winspear and Nina Lewis.
Worcester Music Festival is supportingYSS Worcestershire Young Carers and Young Adult Carers
I supported Get Bag.Pack Bag. Go. who were a great duo. I was really pleased that the crowd listened – when you play music venues, although (as a former musician and daughter of one) it warms my heart to hear good vibes and be inspired by the energy and showmanship of the acts, it usually gets quite noisy and often the crowd will be a force for the voice to reckon with.
I wrote a special set of ‘music related’ poetry, one In Memory of Radio and 3 more on Sound City – the famous recording studio in LA having watched an amazing documentary about it a few months ago. I finished my set with a request for Cake Man. The audience response to that made me wish I had created a set from original material, but I am also quite fond and proud of some of my new music poems.
Originally I think I was going to be last on the set of poet’s to support the final band of the night, as I thought I would miss the beginning of this gig, but I swapped into an earlier slot instead, glad because I was able to enjoy the rest of the superb evening as you may see from these photos.
© 2014 Peter Williams & Ian Passey
There were musical events all over town all weekend. It is always a great festival.
WORD & SOUND
And as if all this excitement wasn’t enough – I was back in the city performing at Word & Sound on the Sunday night. Amanda Bonnick and Jenny Hope organised a grand event – hosted superbly by Amanda. The best thing was although a core of us perform at the same places often there were some new names and faces and some of them blew my socks off (5 Star performances)! It was an absorbing evening and I thoroughly enjoyed my set.
They host these events throughout the year usually, so I am looking forward to more.
Performers included (in no particular order); Mike Alma, Sarah James, Polly Robinson, Myfanwy Fox, Suz Winspear, Kathy Gee-Wordstring, Andrew Green, Neil Laurenson, Math Jones, Susan Davidson and others.
A great night, a great weekend!