Last night, I had the unprecedented joy of attending the launch party of TRAWLER paper’s latest edition, guest edited by Ray Morgan.
The event promised “shenanigans for mind, body and soul” and certainly lived up to it’s claim. Though one’s head is all the sorer now for it.
Upon my arrival, the bar was a veritable who’s who of the Leigh art scene, with all the faces from the town present, and not a trilby or roll-neck sweater in sight.
Joe Overit and Ray Morgan (the event organisers) kicked things off with a little poetry of their own, before introducing the group of poets who were to perform. Gill West was next, with her marvellously accented character performance work, Ann Hilton an Rachel Dalton both left the room in silent awe with their hauntingly beautiful recitals.
The silence wasn’t to last long, however, as Ryan Philpot of Deadpan Films and the Dickens Theatre Group soon leaped ‘pon the stage, bringing the pathos and drama, along with a smidgen of comedic timing.
Post intermission, there was the readings of the hilariously self-depreciating Simon Blackman, who read selected poems from his latest tome, Two Sexy Pigeons, which had people queuing to purchase immediately after.
Music was next, while Cusack, with their twin guitars, soulful compositions and on stage banter afforded the room the atmosphere of an intimate secret gig. MG Boulter, playing the last date on their tour, with a smashing rhythm section and some excellent fingerpick stylings from Matthew Boulter himself.
Polyvinyl Craftsmen and Ship Full of Bombs provided the afterparty DJ sets, ending what was a fantastic night of mingling with local hepcats and experiencing some of the homegrown art and performance that makes this such a cultural hotbed.
The paper itself isn’t too bad either, if I do say so myself.
Huge thanks to SUNDOWN arts, who are a lovely bunch, check them out here.
Big up Andrew Kenyon, whose photos from the event can be seen here.
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