Avebury Open Mic Night - The Keiller Room (12 Sep 2009)

The September Avebury Open Mic event took place in the Keiller Room on Saturday 12th, starting at 19:30. It took a while for things to get underway as there was quite a bit of trouble with the PA equipment. Philippe's photos from the previous month were projected on the wall for the whole evening. As with the previous month I was happy to open the event. It was close to the Autumn Equinox and so I talked about the seasonal cycle and performed my 48-line poem for this part of year, sounding a Tibetan bowl after each verse. I then performed the 80-line Life Observations 1 poem. Mike followed me and performed several of his poignant songs. Kerry and Tom came on next, Kerry with acoustic guitar and Tom on bass. They performed two powerful songs together and then Kerry did one on her own. Mark took centre stage next, performing three songs on his banjo. Will was next, with some fine songs and one or two jokes at his own expense. Terry then came on and re-told the story of his wife not realising what his mandolin was, followed with a few songs. And Lawrie found time to perform a couple of numbers, after spending most of his time dealing with the technical issues, squeezing people into the limited space and lining up the performers!

Following a short break I returned and performed my 80-line Superstition poem again - this had been requested as many people had missed it on the previous outing. Alasdair followed, just back from a number of festival performances. He performed on guitar and percussion and would return more than once later on. Mike then came forward for a powerful performance on the electric piano, informing the audience that he couldn’t believe he was a month away from being 50. Paul arrived in his other persona and squeezed four songs into a set that was filled with impressively varied vocal styles. Louise and Frank from the previous Samhain returned for three songs, with percussion by Alasdair. They worked well together, considering they had only met two hours previously. Lauren was up next with her ukulele. She performed one song, with Liam drumming from the audience. She then launched into a stunning performance of a Turkish gypsy song. Liam then took the ukulele and did one of his songs, with Lauren on backing vocals. It was then time for him to perform on his own. He produced sounds from a didgeridoo that most of those present had probably never heard before. And he drummed at the same time! Neil didn’t perform with a guitar this time but instead read out two poems he had been inspired to write. One about the Iranian Embassy Siege and another about a local issue that affects him. After a bit of an absence Gordon came forward next, for several of his high energy performances that involved the crowd. Young Tom followed, who required a lot of encouragement from the audience as well as some physical help to get started. He did well on this occasion and will no doubt be back for more. Mike returned for another powerful session on the electric piano. With time running short there was just time for a three song jamming session with Lawrie, Tom, Mike and later joined by Alasdair. This included a memorable performance of Hey Jude. Overall this was an excellent evening, making the best of what was offer in the form of the alternative venue. As always, thanks go to Lawrie and Andree for the work they do to make the event possible.

Matthew starts with the Autumn Equinox and Life Observations 1 poems (Photo: Philippe)

Following my two poems, Mike is the first musical act of the night

Mike is the first musical act of the night

Kerry McKenna and Tom Blower are next up

Then Kerry performs on her own

Then it's on to Mark with banjo

Then it's on to Mark with banjo

Will goes next

Will goes next

Terry returns with his recently-acquired mandolin

Terry returns with his recently-acquired mandolin

Lawrie finds time for a couple of numbers before the first half closes

Matthew moves into a repeat of the Superstition poem (Photo: Philippe)

Following my second poetry performance Alasdair performs on guitar

And bodhrán

Mike knocks out several impressive numbers on keyboard

Paul sneaks in a fourth number

Paul sneaks in a fourth number

Louise and Frank return following their Samhain appearance. Alasdair accompanies on drum

Louise and Frank return following their Samhain appearance. Alasdair accompanies on drum

Lauren performs with her ukulele

Liam uses Lauren's ukulele and she supports on vocals

Liam makes an incredible sound!

Neil Patterson dtiches the guitar and reads two poems

Gordon returns with a series of high energy numbers

Tom builds up to his big performance

Tom gets his songs underway

Mike returns for another couple of numbers

Mike returns for another couple of numbers

A final jam before we had to leave

A final jam before we had to leave


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