January & February 2017

Happy New Year to all.

Thursday January 19th The City Ramblers Revival + Rye Poets and Voices from the floor: Third Thursday ‘Bards & Beats’. Details: www.ivyhousenunhead.com

Friday 27th January: Fourth Friday @ Bar 48. Details: fourthfriday.wordpress.com

Wednesday 1st February: Poets on War at The Poetry Library: details www.southbank.co.uk/whats-on/120134-poets-war-2017


December 15, 8pm at The Ivy House, Nunhead – Bards & Beats: City Ramblers Revival, Rye Poets, Robin Pilcher

DSCF2499 (1);An evening of live music – blues, skiffle, original songs and more from City Ramblers Revival; sparkling and witty poetry from Peckham’s own Rye Poets; and the 21st Century’s answer to Chaucer – poet Robin Pilcher.   At The Ivy House Nunhead, fabled music venue and London’s first co-op pub. www.ivyhousenunhead.com   Entry £6/£5

And don’t miss Fourth Friday at Bar 48 on  November 25th: fourthfriday.wordpress.com

City Ramblers Revival gigs/my gigs August/September 2016

City Ramblers Revival are playing at the 3rd birthday of  Ivy House, Nunhead from 5 to 6pm on Saturday 27th August – there’ll be a weekend of celebrations, other bands, barbeques, craft beer, good wine, excellent company in this spacious and delightful music pub. www.ivyhousenunhead.com        free event

September 8th from 9.30 to 11pm we’re at the White Horse, 20-22 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR as part of the Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival following an acclaimed film on the life of Janis Joplin (starts 8pm)  www.freefilmfestivals.org       free event

September 11th between 1pm and 3pm,  Simon Prager and Hylda will be playing with Alan Glen at a coal line teaparty at Kirkwood Nature  Reserve, SE15.   Later Hylda will be reading some poems at the Peckham Festival  along with other poets  at  John the Unicorn, 157-159 Rye Lane, Peckham – 3.30 to 5pm      free events

September 15th, 8pm: Bards & Beats at The Ivy House, Nunhead with City Ramblers Revival, Rye Poets, John White (poet) and voices from the floor. £6/£5 according to pocket www.ivyhousenunhead.com

September 23rd I’ll be compering Fourth Friday at Bar48, 48 Brixton Road (Oval tube) with music from Leon Rosselson and poetry from Abe Gibson, Jools Sparkes and Hilaire www.bar48london.com   £5/£6    fourthfriday.wordpress.com

September 25th City Ramblers Revival are at The Windsor Fringe Festival –  Bards, Beats & Beer, 1 to 3pm  at The George,  77 Eton High Street.  Includes poetry from Jeremy Kingston  www.windsorfringe.co.uk   free event


Next City Ramblers Revival gig Sunday 26th June, 2.15pm at Bar 48, 48 Brixton Road, SW9 with poets Hugo Williams & Jon Sayers

http://www.bar48london.com/ a lively Eritrean cafe and bar at the Oval end of Brixton Road. Nearest tube: Oval  + lots of buses.      £7 on the door  for this gig which features

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Next City Ramblers Revival gigs – The Ivy House Nunhead – Bards & Beats 19th November, St Thomas’ Hospital 20th November

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Gigs: City Ramblers Revival/ Fourth Friday

Next City Ramblers Revival gig is Herne Hill Music Festival on Thursday 15th October Sonnet & Skiffle with the Ramblers plus poets Harry Eyres & John Christopher Wood.  I will also be presenting Gorgeous Guitars for the festival on 13th October with Steve Morrison, Mario Bakuna and Ruben & Gorgios of Gypsy Butter. Both events take place at The Prince Regent (upstairs), Dulwich Road, SE24   Details: hernehillfestival.org

Next Fourth Friday is 23rd October: Poetry & Jazz from John Mole, John Lucas, Paul McLoughlin & Matt Lucas + poetry from Brian Docherty.  fourthfriday.wordpress.com for details

City Ramblers Revival will be playing as part of the Ivy House Festival weekend on Saturday August 29th. Details to come & see  http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com

We’ll be at the Ivy House again for Bard & Beat on 17th September.  Details to come.

Hylda Sims & Simon Prager will be at Bermondsey Festival on 3rd September – details to come

Next Fourth Friday is 25th September with John Hegley, Emily Mae Winters & Ian Roland see: fourthfriday.wordpress.com for details

I’ll be emceeing the Saturday poetry and music events at Camden Square Festival on 18th July. There’ll be music from City Ramblers Revival, Speakeasy Jazz and poetry from Jo Roach, Jon Sayers and myself + local young poets. Free event, starts around 4pm

Next Fourth Friday July 24th at the Poetry Cafe is our Summer Party with  music from Simon Prager & Doc Stenson poetry from Jeremy Kingston and myself and voices from the floor welcomed. Glass of Cava and Nibbles. fourthfriday.wordpress.com for details (Note: Bluesman Steve Morrison can’t be with us as planned due to an illness in his family)

City Ramblers Revival have been invited to perform at the Ivy House Nunhead on 29th August at a festival to celebrate two years since it re-opened as a co-operative pub.    See www.ivyhousenunhead.com for more information on this weekend event. I’m currently writing a song about the Ivy House, a great old pub and music venue with stage – saved from the developers by local action.


June 18th at The Ivy House, Nunhead 8pm: Bards & Beats with City Ramblers Revival, Rye Poets, Jon Sayers & voices from the floor

The Ivy House, 40  Stuart Road, SE15 3BE is London’s first cooperative pub with wonderful spaces and a stage and a long history as a music venue. www.ivyhousenunhead.com

Bards & Beats is the first of an occasional ‘Third Thursday of poetry and music to be held there.. The City Ramblers Revival: Simon Prager, Kevin Stenson and Hylda Sims, play Skiffle, Blues, original songs and more; Rye Poets are talented local poets, Joan Byrne, Helen Adie & Pia Goddard, Jon Sayers, actor, poet, is a seasoned performer and an editor of poetry magazine ‘Magma’. Voices from the floor are welcome.  £6/£5 according to pocket.

Next fourth friday at the Poetry Cafe is 26th June: bluesman Mark Harrison & poets Ruth Valentine & Viv Fogel      See  fourthfriday.wordpress.com  for details.