Coffee House Poetry: The Troubadour – Earls Court Life
Posted by Caroline Lofts
The Troubadour in Earls Court presents The Magic of Realism: Neruda, Vallejo & Paz with C.l. Dallat (In The Gallery).
I’ll die in Paris in a shower of rain/ On a day I already remember (Vallejo); Hammers pound there above/ pulverized voices/ from the top of the afternoon (Paz); Taut and dry Spain was/ a day’s drum of dull sound (Neruda)…
Discover three major Latin American poets (in translation), all three major world artists engaging with the local and universal, each from a particular perspective, Peruvian, Chilean or Mexican, yet all approachable, immediate, profoundly influential: a chance to spend Sunday in Santiago, Lima, Mexico City, the world…
With Cahal Dallat, poet, musician & critic, b. Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, has written on contemporary poetry for Guardian, TLS, Poetry Review, Wasafiri, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London & The North (among others): a regular contributor toSaturday Review (BBC R4) over the past 15 years, he has won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition & his latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff, 2009).
This Thursday, 3rd July, sees Jamie Crawford (music) launch their latest EP into the world. Hosted by The Troubadour the evening will be a bluesy, jangly, rootsy affair with friends of the band – Blank Bibles, Joe Taylor and Cazzie Winterton – filling up the support slots. The line up will kick off at 7.30pm.
Tickets can be bought on the door or online for £5 + £1 booking fee with advance bookings.
The Troubadour Club
265 Old Brompton Rd, SW5 9JA
For a little taste of what to expect please see below:
Always doing their best to put forward an eclectic cross-section of the most talented musicians currently touring today, the hard-working folks at The Troubadour have also been busy rustling up some evenings that are far more focused. Lately the guitar has been the hero and this trend continues.
Fresh from the success of their CandyRat Records evening, where we saw some extraordinary fingerpicking power on display, we are now being offered the opportunity to witness some supreme 6 string sorcery with the likes of String Theory, Matt Stevens and John Hart lighting up the stage.
The evening, on Sunday 4th May, will be hosted by axe artiste, Chris Woods , who will also be putting on a very civilised ‘Guitar Tea and Biscuits’ workshop at 2pm before the performance begins at 7.30pm.
This is the first in a season of Guitar Sundays TBC by the venue. Booking is advisable.
A night of exceptional musical talent should not be missed as the CandyRat Records Guitar Tour rolls into town. It’s worth the ticket price for the sheer technical triumph of some of the globe’s most accomplished guitar pickers tackling notably complicated compositions. The line up is as follows:
Welsh guitar phenomenon Gareth Pearson is already considered a virtuoso in the field of finger-style guitar. Having only played the instrument from recent times, he has already developed a distinctive style to his playing that has earned him the greatest accolades from world renowned players; he has been called a genius by Jan Akkerman, and Tommy Emmanuel was inspired to write a song about him which he named The Welsh Tornado.
Matthew Santos has established himself as one of the most exceptional talents to emerge from the Chicago music scene in decades. With a voice consistently compared to that of the late Jeff Buckley and likened to a male version of Adele, he has been the subject of praise from such artists as Kimbra, Eddie Vedder, and John Legend. His highly acclaimed collaborations with Lupe Fiasco for which he received two Grammy nominations, have served to broaden international awareness of Santos whose own style is a unique, homegrown hybrid touching on alternative/indie-rock/soul and folk genres. The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is “organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent.”
Stefano was born in Naples, Italy. Stefano Barone’s debut CD features entirely original compositions, ranging from the funk of Spankie to the intimate melodies of The Return, to tracks of more complex execution and performance like Metronix, Batman, Alexander Supertramp and Minimalaction, a composition for 12 guitars which he usually perform live with the help of a multitrack machine.
£10+ £1 fee ADV / £12 on the door
Music at 8 pm
263-267 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9JA.
Table Bookings: 0207 341 6333