SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2017
THE LYCEUM THEATRE,
GRINDLAY STREET, EDINBURGH
7:30 – 10PM
TICKETS HERE: http://bit.ly/2bjWT5h
After a splendiferously exciting, thrilling, wildly diverse Variety Night on Sun 6 November 2016, Flint & Pitch are delighted to have collaborated with the Lyceum Theatre on the second of these ambitious Variety Nights, bringing a best of Scotland-based spoken word, music and theatre to your Sunday nights, as well as some special guests from outwith Scotland!
Join resident hosts Sian Bevan and Jenny Lindsay to hear from the splendid folks below!
With a special spoken-word set for the Variety Night, prolific songwriter, author and musician, Aidan Moffat joins us on the Lyceum Theatre stage! Perhaps best known as one-half of Arab Strap, Aidan Moffat is also a multi-talented artist with an exceptional track-record in Scottish music, whose many collaborations, in music, film and literature make him a must-see act. We’re delighted to welcome him to the stage!
The music of Folk-Noir Balladeer, Rachel Sermanni, has the flesh of Folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you’d find it pumped with contemporary, genre blended blood.
In 2011, Rachel Sermanni released her first EP, The Bothy Sessions, recorded quite spontaneously, deep in a Highland forest with 10 friends. Soon to follow came the studio EP, Black Currants. And on the 12th September 2012, Rachel’s debut Album, Under Mountains, was set free into the ether. Produced by Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers, Texas) and recorded at Watercolour Studios nestled among big, purple hills in the West Highlands, Under Mountains was Rachel’s first full musical contribution to the world.
In March 2014, hiding in the sticks of Nova Scotia, Rachel sowed the seeds of her latest creation. Tied to The Moon is Rachel’s sophomore studio album. It was released in July 2015 to widespread critical acclaim.
Pronto Mama are a past post-modern bug-eyed beatnik group from Glasgow who are just as confused as anyone else. They are soulful. They believe irreverent wordplay, clean musicianship and a dirty dedication to song-writing is how you do it. The music is built around the songs written by Marc Rooney and Ciaran McEneny, who in coughing copy-cat fashion opted for McEneny/Rooney. Keeping it alphabetical preserves good feeling and the over-arching idea you have of yourself, maybe.
Pronto Mama have a split personality disorder and should probably have never have went to University. The drums are schizophrenic. The bass has an eating problem. There are too many keyboards and their parents can’t tell which is which anymore. The horns were made in Britain so really there is nothing to worry about. Electric guitars feature occasionally but get terribly lonely and morose because they think their girlfriend is going to leave them. She did. They are writing songs about it right now.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5mDUCfKwqg
Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963, and now lives in Edinburgh. His previous poetry collections include Nil Nil, God’s Gift to Women, Landing Light and Rain. He has also published two books of aphorism, as well as translations of Antonio Machado and Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry has won many awards, including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and all three Forward Prizes; he is currently the only poet to have won the T. S. Eliot Prize twice. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009. For many years he has worked as a jazz musician and composer, with a strong interest in electronic music. He is Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1997 he has been poetry editor at Picador Macmillan. 40 Sonnets won the 2016 Costa Prize for Poetry.
Adele Hampton is a storyteller, poet, and lover of mason jars, with roots planted in Washington, DC. She has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Summit and Slam finalist. She is featured in the anthologies We Will Be Shelter (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) and Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry (Lowbrow Press, 2013). She was a member of the 2013 Beltway Poetry Slam team and is the 2016 BBC Slam Champion.
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOeVClESaOk
Gerda Stevenson – actor/writer/director/singer/songwriter: her work has been staged, broadcast and published throughout Britain and abroad; BAFTA Scotland Best Film Actress Award; nominated for New York’s League of Professional Theatre Women’s Guilder/Coigney Award, twice for CATS Awards, and MG Alba Scots Trad Awards for album of her own songs, NIGHT TOUCHES DAY; recipient of Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland writers’ bursaries; her stage play FEDERER VERSUS MURRAY (pub. Salmagundi, USA) toured to New York; poetry collection If This Were Real (pub. Smokestack Books); has written extensively for BBC radio, most recently a drama about asylum seekers and refugees; currently completing second poetry collection.
THE CREATIVE MARTYRS!
The Creative Martyrs are a satirical cabaret duo whose performance spans many form and genre. Most often they can be found lurking behind sinister, humorous and surreal songs performed on ukulele and cello, performing on cabaret and theatre stages, in bars and odd little nooks and crannies and even on your radio from time to time. Not just limited to music the Martyrs can also be seen telling tales and silently interacting with audiences and the general public at festivals and in street theatre.
Hosted by resident comperes Sian Bevan and Jenny Lindsay!
Sian Bevan is a storyteller, comedian and compere and the woman behind Electric Tales. Jenny Lindsay is a spoken word poet and performer and was the ‘Rally’ of acclaimed cabaret duo ‘Rally & Broad’ (2012 – 2016). Skilled comperes, hosts and entertainers, Bevan and Lindsay will host both Variety Nights with wit, tall tales and gusto a-plenty!