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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:

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

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

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: 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. 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 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.

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  for details.

Next fourth friday 24th April – Mimi Khalvati, Jenny Lewis, Rattle on the Stovepipe – see for details

A great fourthfriday in March with LiTTLe MaCHiNe, Joolz Sparkes, Hilaire and Jill Abram.  April ff will be great too with two fine poets, Mimi Khalvati and Jenny Lewis and Appalachian and English folk from Rattle on the Stovepipe (Pete Cooper, Dave Arthur, Dan Stewart.

Coming up in May we have acclaimed poet Alan Brownjohn, singer songwriter Liz Simcock (a regular with us) and Bob Wood, fine singer and guitarist  – we welcome him back after a two-year absence.

Also in May: a ff special ‘Fifth Friday‘ on May 29th: Britain’s first ‘Beat poet’ Royston Ellis – he put the ‘a’ into ‘Beatles’ back in the sixties + blues, skiffle and original songs from City Ramblers Revival front line: Prager, Stenson and yours truly.


City Ramblers Revival

City-Ramblers-2012On 22nd April, our skiffle band, City Ramblers Revival (website pending) – Simon Prager, Doc Stenson, George Bridges, Joe Barton and me were filmed and recorded at the Poetry Cafe by Archive Film Agency –  good fun but hot and sweaty for all. (Thanks to the audience for mostly sticking it out, retakes included.) We haven’t seen or heard the footage yet, but it seemed to go quite well. Watch Youtube for samples.     CRR are based on the City Ramblers, my fifties’ skiffle group, who played on TV and radio, were recorded by Tempo, Storyville and Topic, toured Europe, played in Moscow and had their own venue – the Skiffle Cellar, 49 Greek Street, in London’s Soho.