FEBRUARY 2015 NEWS:

The Aeneid for Naxos
The Aeneid for Naxos AudioBooks.

Produced by Alec Reid, recorded at Phase Shift in Bristol by Ken Barton.
Read by me.

Poetry in the Laughternoon - reprised

David Johnson and David Collins
The two Davids perform

Feb 23rd 2014

I had great fun with David Johnson and John Telfer doing Poetry In The Laughternoon.

This was a one-off concert in aid of BRACE (Alzheimers and Dementia Research). It raised more than £1,400 from an enthusiastic audience at Cotham Parish Church.

David Johnson's tour de force with his poetry held the audience in the palm of his hand. The ease with which he moves from pithy introduction to fluent, witty and moving verse draws us into to a world of humour and humanity which we can admire and share at one and the same time. A skilful and enchanting display.

Cotham parish church was full
Cotham parish church was full

John Telfer, actor, pianist, singer and composer, was astonishing; the range of his songs is breath-taking. From brilliant pastiche 17th century pieces, composed for Vanbrugh's The Provok'd Wife, to a selection of his settings of Alec Reid's lyrics for modern musicals of theirs such as Muscles, John's range once again made us marvel.

To round off the afternoon John and I performed three songs by Flanders & Swann, The Slow Train, The Gnu, and, with huge audience participation in the choruses, The Hippopotamus (of course!).

Mr Johnson's performance as the station announcer in The Slow Train was much appreciated.

So, congratulations to Lyn Deas for the idea, and BRACE for the success—
—here's mud in your... ear!