Having missed so many of Joe Hakim's recent out of town dates (Harrogate, Camden,
Southend) I was sure as hell not going to miss this one over the river in Cleethorpes.
He was joined by Mike Watts who has recently been accompanying Joe on his excursions
and flying the spoken word banner himself somewhat.
Also supporting Joe on this rare thisisUll.com outing were Cilla (one of the most
dedicated women I have ever met) the hugely talented Jane Foster and me, the
workhorse Michelle Dee.
On arrival it came apparent that there would be time for both Jane and I to get up
and keep our hand in the performance poetry stakes. Knowing I was on the bill for
the Adelphi Club 26th September at Off The Road No 2, I was glad of the chance to
beat down some of the nerves with an out of town gig in front of an impartial crowd.
Arthur ,organiser of this fledgling night at Babylon Bar, with attractive décor
situated away from the town centre, is trying to create a unique night in Cleethorpes.
A night of acoustic bands and singer/songwriters, spoken word and alternative acts.
He has a knowledgeable DJ too who easily played Reverend and The Maker alongside the
U.S. import version (purple vinyl) of Up The Junction a favourite for all of our group,
as well as The Fratellis and more.
Good to see a DJ actually playing vinyl, these days it's all CDs, this is never the same.
The main act of the night was Broadsword a three piece acoustic act with mandolin
guitar and percussion. They played Irish folk and a scattering of popular tunes by
folk rock artistes and some lively original material.
Mike Watts, brave soul that he is, opened the night with his heavily barbed
Does Crime Pay?
Often sounding like those guys that shout and bluster in bars about societies' shortcomings,
and how all the kids should be strung up, Mike offers his own views on the state of the
I Confess is a clever little piece that raises eyebrows leading to a comedic
final line resulting in outbreaks of laughter.
It was very apparent, from their faces and reactions, that the regulars in the
Babylon Bar had never read such poetry, yet alone seen it delivered with so much
Off the wall, off beat, yet honest, direct and oddly emotive. Mike Watts has
come into his own since I first saw him, just three months ago in Umber Gob Part 1
at Olde Black Boy. He's got things to say and with growing performing skills,
timing and judgement, Joe may have to start fighting a rear guard action sooner than he thinks.
Reviews, Events - Wednesday 22nd August Off The Road Poetry Performance Music Adelphi Club
Got in to this late due to being on the radio so first off apologies to all the acts I missed.
I'm quite sure you were brilliant and zany in that order. To be honest I have it on good
authority that performance poet Mike Watts who opened the show was indeed all that you can
read more of his poems in the poetry section on this site.
I also know having seen his zany act at Umber Gob Part 1, that
Reviews, Events - Sunday 19th August 07 - ThereplicagooseEgg support Chris Mayo at Durty Nellys
Hull's brand new comedy sketch group ThereplicagooseEgg had just over a week to prepare for this,
their first ever live show produced by Carnival 69 and they didn't disappoint a packed
Even though not one of their 4 members had ever had any stand-up experience, their unique,
clever, yet twisted approach to comedy carried them through, with a little help from Masked Dan.
Reviews, Theatre - Lord Of The Rings The Musical By Andy Dykes
Lord of the Rings the musical arrives on Drury Lane after a popular stint in Toronto. Riding on the coat tails of the Oscar winning trilogy of films and billed as a visual spectacular, the stage version is hotly anticipated by the London crowd.
Tonight the Theatre Royal is packed with theatre-goers eager to see just how Tolkien's voluminous tale
Reviews, Books - Daniel Mayhew - Life and How to Live it (White Horse Publications)
Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Writing successful novels about music or bands is a notoriously difficult thing to do,
and something that rarely succeeds.
Step forward Daniel Mayhew to prove the exception to the rule with his debut,
which tells the tale of Serpico, the band formed by flatmates, Reilly and Jacob,
and the adventure that ensues when Reilly takes a week off work sick, and binging
Reviews, Films - 300 By Lee Cassanell
Due to the extreme cheapness of pirate DVDs it is often tempting to hand over a couple of sweaty coins to a council estate heavy at Walton Street market rather than pay six English pounds for a seat at your local cinema because that way you can smoke your lungs black, order a pizza, sit in your pants and not have to brave the uncomfortable chairs,
Reviews, Theatre - The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler at Hull New Theatre By Becky Martin
How The Vagina Monologues reflects wider anxieties and atrocities in modern society.
Thank God for Eve Ensler! Finally a strong female figure with the tenacity to stand up for and work to protect women and young girls all over the world, initiated by her wonderfully comic and complex tales of women's experiences of their own sexuality
Reviews, Games - Mr Smoozles Goes Nutso Reviewed by Daniel Chaplin
The game was very enjoyable and I think that the game was created for 6-12 year olds.
The playability of the game was extremely good but on the other hand I did not understand on how
to play the game because I could not find any instructions.
The game is about an alien attack that brain washes one of Mr. Smoozles' friends and kidnaps another.
Reviews, Books - Mark Frankland The Long and Winding Road to Istanbul (Glenmill Books) Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
It's 1977 and Liverpool FC are set to compete in their first European Cup final. For football crazy 13 year old Mickey McGuire it's the night of his life. Elder brother, Frank has different plans, as he
starts working his way up the criminal career ladder alongside local hard-man and minor criminal,
Eddie Tate. Volunteering his brother for a Tate job, Mickey is introduced to Eddie's sister
Reviews, Theatre - October 06 - The Northern Theatre Company - Thoroughly Modern Millie By Dirk Snatch
It was a Monday and after a cruel weekend of amphetamine abuse and barely legal sex, all I wanted to do was to slip into a Night Nurse induced coma and dream of Monica Bellucci's backside. However my rat bastard agent informed me that unless I
produced a theatre review within the next 24 hours, he was going to stop paying my liquor bills and feed me to the poor and so it was,
Reviews, Books - The Damned United By David Peace Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
This latest work from Yorkshire born Peace is another slice of his
distinctive style that combines fact with fiction to boil down the
story to its true essence. Previously tackling the Yorkshire Ripper
investigation in his Red Riding quartet, and the miners' strike in
GB84, this time Peace turns his attention to Brian Clough's turbulent
44 day reign of Leeds United
Reviews, Books - Perfume - The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind Reviewed By Laura Kilvington
Perfume - The Story of a Murderer was recommended to me by a friend
who described it as, one of the books you just have to experience before you die.
Now, after reading it for myself, I have to agree.
Perfume is a bildungsroman (a novel of education), which tells
the story of Grenouille who is born into the slums of
Reviews, Books - The Night Gardener By George Pelecanos Reviewed By Nick Quantrill (Available 10th August)
The 14th novel from George Pelecanos, The Night Gardener sees him weave an ambitious story that aims to lift him up and beyond the conventions of the crime-fiction genre. Pelecanos has never flinched away from tackling difficult social issues, and his remit here is to take a broad look at how crime touches the lives of those outside of its direct consequences,
Reviews, Humber Mouth 2006 - Friday 30th June 2006 -
Galloway: A Language Of Dissent? A Personal View By Pablo Luis González
Having watched the rather impressive performance that George Galloway MP put at
Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 30th of June 2006 as part of the Humber Mouth Literature Festival,
where he spoke without notes or sitting down for nearly an hour, in spite of the rather fancy
white leatherette chair provided for him on stage.
I was enthralled not only for what he
Reviews, Theatre - Northern Broadsides Company at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough - Wars of The Roses by Patrick Henry
Battles depicted by semaphoric flag-wielding and huge rattling drums, vigorous balletics,
sack-barrows deployed as steeds or track-turning tanks; speeches characterised by robust Northern
or Midlands accents, and their inherent ironies and wiliness; intrigues concocted rapidly and
sadistically, mirroring statecraft strategy related to our day now.
Such are the best
Reviews, Humber Mouth 2006 - Saturday 1st July - Germaine Greer at Hull By Laura Kilvington
As a enthusiastic follower of feminist literature, I attended the talk by
Germaine Greer with the expectation of an intense, second wave feminism
discussion like the, all societies on the verge of death are masculine
(Greer:1984) type opinions which I associated with her.
Instead, the rubric of Greer's discussion was Anne Hathaway, the older
and greatly overlooked
Reviews, Humber Mouth 2006 - Friday 30th June - Galloway Trucking in Hull By Martin J Deane George Galloway Photographs by Ben Gurevitch
George Galloway, MP for Tower Hamlets in East London played Spring Street Theatre, Hull on Friday.
Despite introducing himself as having spent 6 hours in the back of a car suffering from food poisoning he delivered an entertaining, insightful and though-provoking show.
Here is a flavour of it! It's not verbatim but from notes so any errors are my own!
Reviews, Humber Mouth 2006 - John Pilger at the Ferens By Martin J Deane
Blair is the most right wing Prime Minister I have ever known. And that includes Thatcher!
In a wide ranging talk on Tuesday night, John Pilger shared his experiences of nearly 40 years of
investigative journalism giving a flavour of the man who, over 40 years, has made it an art.
In his opening remarks, John Pilger said how he used to cover northern England for
Reviews, Books - The Storm Watcher By Graham Joyce Reviewed by Steve Rudd
Simultaneously an unusual and extraordinary story set in France, a multitude of winning
elements ensure that The Storm Watcher is always an engrossing read, as sheer drama is
played up against some chilling thrills and spills.
The author in the award-winning Joyce grew up in Coventry, but over the years he has
lived in various places, such as on