This was the kind of night that all in attendance won’t forget in a hurry, We Broke Free should receive a round of applause for the incredible line up of amazing local talent they brought together to support Dizraeli. An awe inspiring mix of music, poetry and a subtle serving of madness that went from strength to strength and ended with an explosive bang.
Sixty Million Postcards isn’t the easiest venue on artists. It’s a long funnel to the main stage and there were a few sound issues, however all involved remained utterly professional and didn’t let this impact on their performance.
Let’s introduce you first to the raucous roster of poets that took to the stage. Whilst we’re speaking of introductions, the first name to mention is Mr Lagan ‘Legski’ Purdy founder of Verbal Remedies, who acted as impromptu compere for the evening and served as the glue that held the evening from figuratively bursting at the seams. Spreading smiles and laughter evenly, Lagan delivered a few choice morsels from his own repertoire of words and as always it was a delight listening to his clever linguistics.
The first artist to take to the stage was the Bournemouth Poet Laureate Myriam San Marco who set the bar extremely high for the rest of the evening. Her professionalism shone during her set and it’s easy to see how she has attained the acclaim and station that she has. An accomplished writer and natural performer the power of her words were only matched by the polished delivery and expert narrative she wove through her set. Exploring the theme of love and relationships from friendship to infatuation, stalking to hate it was an eye opening set and from the amount of laughter the “I wish I wasn’t sitting in my car outside your house” got, we should probably all check outside our windows for unexpected visitors.
Next poet to the stage, sandwiched between two amazing musicians, where it’s obvious he’s right at home, is Shaun Gary Palmer. Shaun claims that in every situation he is unprepared, however this is clearly a man always ready to perform. Never stumbling over his words he delivers a set that is thought provoking, beautifully shambolic, passionate and energetic. Well rehearsed and expertly delivered, the words flung from the stage find a home in your head and settle in. “Don’t languish with language, write lyrics with fingers, simplistic linguistics the spirit it lingers on the tip of your tongue”, with licks of potent prose like this, Shaun is sure to leave tongue’s wagging happily.
The final poet for the evening and Dizraeli’s warm up act was the ethereal Erica Rose-Lilli. Other than a slight shake in her hands, Erica took to the stage like she belonged, which is all the more impressive considering she’s been performing for less than a year. Delivering a sharp set with wisdom, experience and skill far beyond her years, her impacting imagery and stunning lyricality are a joy to behold. Her poem ‘Geography’ paints a vivid impression, it weaves naturally through the hills and mountains and the tide of its subtle message brings you gently along for the journey.
Marching onto stage with the swanky swagger of a band that have their very own theme tune… the Bonsai Pirates are a band that have their very own theme tune. Tearing through a set of shanties with serious sex appeal, this is a band that like to have fun and share that with everybody else. We spent their set happily nodding our head and skanking our feet, there’s no finer way to get a party started than with this particular band of pirates. Dressed in full seafaring garb, this is a majorly talented mob of rum swigging ruffians, they shine particularly bright when the music kicks into high gear accompanied with slick french raps and funky rhythms.
Selby & The Dharma Blitz are one of those timeless and mesmerising bands that seem to feed on the colour in the room. You watch on in sepia tones, is this reality or a dream? It doesn’t particularly matter and all focus is on them. Combining incredible lyricism, Laura’s soaring vocals with the bands talented musicianship they meld it all into a hazy slice of soul and serenity. With the release of their new album ‘The Splendor Of Enough‘, there is no better time to get into the jam. This is a band that serve up something pure, raw and what they give you live could never be recreated, it’s the same kind of feeling you would get at a jazz bar, this performance was for you and you alone and you cherish it for the intimacy.
Which brings us to Dizraeli. This merry crowd have been tickled and titillated all evening but this was the man that brought us all together and he doesn’t disappoint. Clearly at home on a stage, he adapted his set to the crowd in front of him, playing off the pub chatter from the back of the room, he incited those gathered directly in front to make as much noise as possible. Having seen him before perhaps with the Small Gods this gig was a chance to see just how versatile Dizraeli is, a question to which the answer was inevitably more flexy than a backflipping Russian gymnast. Opening and closing with the haunting refrain of ‘Morning Light’, he put on a master class perfectly blending fast paced and insightful lyricism with the folkloric ability to weave a story. This is a musician and performer who truly encompasses the title of Bard, he has the gift and the know how to wow a crowd using a guitar, voice, random objects he found in the street or a clever combination of all the above.
This rampaging army of creativity took us all on a truly beautiful journey, you should make it your mission to check each and every one of these fine folk.
Words by Matt Miles
Video by Elliot Browne