Tonight is the inaugural monthly Mutant Cabaret produced by mutantspace.com and the Glor Sessions. I’m nervous. The Mutant Cabaret was borne out of our bi – annual DIY festival, The Trash Culture Revue. A means by which all mutantspace.com members interested in performing anything from spoken word to noise, rock to theatre, experimental collaborations to short stories could take to the stage and try it out, give it a go, play a little. So far it’s worked. But now that we’re hosting it on a monthly basis it’s going to be altogether different. Different good. I hope people come tonight. I really do, I really hope. Everyone is broke, it’s cold and the year yawns before us. Let’s hope we don’t get gobbled up.
It went really well. People came. They travelled from far and wide. What a relief. It’s not easy getting people to come out on a wet, cold January night to a spoken word and music gig. So how did it work? Well the incomparable Stephen James Smith MCed the event with great style, confidence and attitude and we split the night into two; music, poetry, break, poetry, music.
First to hit the lights was Cork musician Luke Cosgrave who played a solo version of his band Novella Hermosa; the catchy hooks and lyrics making us all consider the affect we have on the lives of others. Right up after him was Kalle Ryan, a wonderful poet, who had us all shouting to his funny, poignant and engaging spoken word. Break. Smoke. Pint. Chitter chatter. And back to the gig and some hard hitting spoken word from Stephen. From there we were brought straight into the beautiful, sublime and richly textured music of Fiach Moriarty. To finish up the official acts part of the night we had the one and only Fergus Costello; sacred space maker, poet and musician who gave us his uniquely funny take on everything that is wrong with our culture of greed, arrogance, stupidity and ignorance.
To end the night proper we had an open mic session and it was great to see punters take that on and get up to sing, read poetry. Fantastic. I hope they all come back, do more, take a slot, play a little, experiment alot. And tell more people to COME, COME ALONG, IT’S GREAT!! What else would you want to be doing on a Friday night?
Start again. More acts for next month. 2 picked by Stephen and 2 picked by me. It’s going to be an interesting, talent laden monthly event and I hope you’ll all make it, if you can, if it’s possible. And if you’re interested in taking part let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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