30 Sep 2013
7:30 pm10:00 pm
“Originally from Dundee, Scotland, Don Paterson left school at 16 and moved to London to pursue music and join a band. He found success with the jazz-folk ensemble Lammas, but was captivated by poetry upon encountering poet Tony Harrison. A self-taught poet influenced by Coleridge, Paul Muldoon, Derek Mahon, and Michael Longley, Paterson devoted a year to reading before he began to write and publish in earnest. Paterson’s first poetry collection, Nil Nil (1993), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. God’s Gift to Women (1997) won both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and Landing Light (2003) won the Whitbread Poetry Award and an unprecedented second T.S. Eliot Prize. Christina Patterson, reviewing Landing Light for the Independent, praised Paterson as “one of the few poets writing today whose work combines postmodern playfulness with a sense of yearning for the transcendental.” Paterson’s poem “A Private Bottling” won the Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition. He has won an Eric Gregory Award, three Book Awards from the Scottish Arts Council, and a Creative Scotland Award. The Poetry Society named Paterson one of the New Generation Poets.” [Poetry Foundation]
Malene Mortensen is one of Denmark’s leading jazz-folk-pop vocalists, with an exquisite tone and a wide following in northern Europe. This year, she made her debut at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival She even sang Denmark’s entry to Eurovision at a young age. Now she sings not just smooth jazz classics, but her own pop and soul tinged compositions, with perfect musicality. Sometimes she sings solo, and sometimes with her band led by brilliant guitarist, Carl Morner Ringstrom.
JACQUES BREL sung by ANTHONY CABLE
There can be few better ways to note the coming of a darker time of year than with songs by Jacques Brel. Brel was the greatest singer songwriter in French of the last century. His wry, tortured songs were delivered with such intense emotion that he would end each concert dripping with sweat, even though he barely moved. They were much more than just pop songs, but works of dark poetry, and Brel had a profound influence on a generation of performers, from Leonard Cohen to David Bowie. Anthony Cable has received great acclaim both in the UK and in France for his one-man show about Brel, Rage-to-Live, which musically charts Brel’s turbulent life and his early death from cancer.
“If you think Brel is brill you’re almost certain to enjoy Anthony Cable’s bravura interpretations of 15 of the Belgian singer’s most famous chansons, rendered in a mixture of English and French.” Time Out
“Dans son interpretation personelle et poignant, Anthony Cable apporte une puissante intensite qui ouvre de nouvelles perspective ” Le Monde
Matt Dolphin (his real name) is a singer, songwriter and painter based in Kent. His debonair croon and wayward yet self-assured songcraft recall Nick Drake, Lee Hazlewood, Nick Cave and Jeff Buckley. As well as performing solo, he currently wields banjo for country/pop/gospel outfit Reverend Casy; he also used to play with North London acoustic experimentalists Bedlam Opera. Matt’s latest album Eighth House follows two mini-albums (Urchin Brood & Clear Light) produced by Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio in Brixton. Eighth House is available on Blang Records as a download and handmade CDR with original artwork (www.blang.co.uk).
“Powerful and moving…stark, desolate and downcast, yet oddly life-affirming at the same time” (Eighth House review, Sounds XP website)
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