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One of the pleasing things about contributing to this blog over a memorable cultural summer has been the number of new offerings locally. Continuing this theme is ReVerb: Ignites, an exciting fusion of music and poetry coming to the Blackpool Catholic Club at the end of the month (Friday 30 September) with four diverse acts.

In the spoken word strand the headline act is Rose Condo, performing her new spoken word show ‘How To Starve An Artist’. Rose hails from the perhaps unlikely location of the Canadian prairies but is now based out of West Yorkshire. By day she arranges education programming for a theatre company, by night she is a recognised performance poet. This summer she featured in the BBC Fringe Poetry Slam at the Edinburgh Festival. For those unfamiliar with her work a dozen short videos showcasing her output can be seen on her website.

On the music side the feature artists are The Blackaways. They are a four piece folk outfit, and their instruments include classical and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and drums. Locally based they are a relatively new unit but have a wealth of collective experience. Their new album North Pier is available on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Also featuring on the bill is well-known local guitarist (and artist) Shaun Kennion. As at home busking the streets of Lytham as he is performing in concert halls Shaun plays classical style guitar. Finally beat poet Steve Stroud will perform from his wide repertoire of work which includes such diverse subjects as clubbing, religion, narcotics and Jeremy Kyle ahead of his planned first publication ‘Inkclot’.

Reverb: Ignites is on 30 September at The Catholic Club on Queen Street, Blackpool near the Library and Grundy Art Gallery. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door for ยฃ6, but you can get a discounted price of ยฃ5 if you reserve in advance by e-mailing [email protected]. Find out more on their Facebook event.

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