8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Former academic, top commerce honours scholar, public servant, musician, and in recent years a fledgling poet, Sam’s work has appeared in Landfall and Kingston Jamaica’s The Gleaner. In February he formally debuted as a poet at the Auckland Fringe Festival in the production Psychopomp, directed by multi award winning actress Willa (O’Neill) Cameron,
featuring the Vogue Italia portfolio photography of American Alana Clarke (Cleveland, Ohio), collaborating with poets Peter Le Baige, Rose Northey and Katerina Makri, NZ guitarist Nigel Gavin, and guitarist/singer/songwriter Sonia Wilson (Franco/US). He has collaborated and performed with Ben Ferdandez of the famed Ben Ferdandez Jazz Quintet, and read during a recital featuring world renowned violist Milisavljevic, rincipal violist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is a periodic informal assistant to poet and writer Anita Arlov at Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, and becomes an MC at Poetry Live in August. He
loves many things, including cats and pilsner beer.
Tough Tiger Fist
Ben Cleland and Matt Parker are two country bumpkins from the small rural town of Waiuku trying to make it in the big city. Together, this dynamic duo are Tough Tiger Fist, New Zealand’s fourth best folk comedy music duo (that we know of). A frequent performer in the Auckland comedy scene, Tough Tiger Fist recently performed a sold out show at this year’s Auckland Fringe Festival. Known for their catchy songs, high energy performances and dark sense of humor, Tough Tiger Fist has amassed a cult following of loyal fans (who clearly have real questionable taste in music). For a performance you won’t soon forget (for better or worse) look no further than Tough Tiger Fist.
open mic 8pm. Music 9pm. Poet 9.40pm
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Musician: Permission to Speak, comprised of musicians Jono and Sam, are almost regulars now at Poetry Live, their unique blues/ rock/ contemporary folk/ alternative sound uses a healthy mix of influences to produce untamed sounds that always go down a treat.
Poetry Live! Presents: Annette Huia Morehu& Will Saunders May 14th
Shane Hollands and Murray Haddow
Shane is a veteran of the New Zealand performance poetry scene and the current president of The NZ Poetry Society.
He is known for his innovative work with poetical music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal, and his efforts to give other poets a platform to perform; he established performance poetry collective The Literatti, the NZ national celebration of beat poetry, The Kerouac Effect and creating the term Wordcore.
He was one half of the art-music duo Beautiful Losers, infamous DJ of the ‘Dirty Wordz’ radio show and is the front-man and poet for the Wordcore band, Freaky Meat. ‘the verbal vortex of Shane Hollands in printed form: the renegade poems of a whisky priest straight out of Beatsville.” – David Eggleton
A genuine proletariat poet, Murray Haddow, will be performing his poetry with musicians Tim Gummer (guitars), Rob Mayo (percussion) and Patrick Hedder (bass) at Poetry Live, Tuesday April 9.
Murray Haddow first came to public attention in 2002, while mowing lawns professionally and shouting poetry louder than his mower. His clients thought that he must have been certified mad. Indeed he was back in the 1970’s. For the removal of any doubt about this, his highly reviewed 2009 debut album, featuring The Orgestra, was titled Certified Mad.
Further releases have followed, in collaboration with The Ludd Gang, Cat and Sock and The Magic Carpet Ride, Murray has been in demand as an opening act for music events, including the recent Graham Brazier posthumous album release party and The View (Scotland), the week their 2007 album hit No.1 in the UK chart.
“Murray is drop-dead funny and entertaining, with a memory like a steel trap and a sharp critical eye for humanity’s foibles; talented, intelligent, warm and friendly, unpredictable and mercurial; loves people and really connects with the audience while startling them or cracking them up at the same time.”
Bruce Morley, Drummer
Open Mic from 8pm
Michelle Chote is a language teacher who lives on Waiheke Island with her husband, Alberto. In 2016, she won the New Voices Emerging Poets competition at The University of Auckland. She has been published in the Poetry New Zealand journal, NZEPC, and Bean Rock to Starboard, a Waiheke collection. Michelle is a regular reader at the monthly Waiheke Song and Poetry Thing, and last year began facilitating poetry workshops. She is currently working on her first collection of poetry.