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REVIEW: Live & Unheard – April 2019

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Live & Unheard is held once a month at the Lighthouse Theatre in Poole.

A first for Humans of Bournemouth, we got to watch and review some talented musicians who took the stage at this month’s “Live & Unheard”…

A trio of local unique and up-and-coming acts took to the Sherling Studio at the Lighthouse last Wednesday. All for this month’s showing of Live & Unheard.

The show kicked off in front of a full audience with 16-year-old singer-songwriter Issy Whitlock, who has remarkably been writing music since she was 12. Don’t let this lady’s youthful appearance fool you. Her songs tell genuine, mature stories that at least some of us can relate to. Families dealing with illness, bullying, summer romances and self-deception; to name a few.

Each number was executed with a silky smooth delivery and a vocal style reminiscent of Christina Perri. Not to mention very confident guitar playing.

Moving on from the soloist to the electric-acoustic duo Soul Creek, who produced a phenomenal set of rock, blues and modern country. Numbers you can imagine having on in the car. Light injections of humour came from the singer and acoustic guitarist Jack Lande, 23, whose recent self-admitted vocal issues were “carefully worked into the set.”

Meanwhile, electric guitarist Ben Parker, 26, kept up a strong and silent role throughout. All the while producing atmospheric sounds on his instrument that one would not ordinarily think possible. Truly unique and awe-inspiring.

After a glittering first half, one would think it was a hard act to follow. However, We Are Robot – our final act for the evening – was by far the audience’s favourite. This band is a quartet who showed off a programme of upbeat originals, peppered with a couple of favourites from The Beatles and Bill Withers.

Sing-alongs were encouraged. Their chemistry as a band and the excellence of their playing was complemented by the bantering and self-deprecating humour passed between singer-songwriters Chris Ralph and Paul Denson. The audience loved these guys so much that they immediately demanded an encore.

A little about Live & Unheard…

Live & Unheard gives local musical talent a platform to show off their skills. Audience members get to support them while also enjoying a varied and unique evening of entertainment. It’s highly recommended for anyone who loves live music – this monthly event should be a regular fixture in the diary.

And if you want to find out more about Live & Unheard, visit their website here. Also check out the Facebook pages of Issy Whitlocke, We Are Robot and Soul Creek.

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture

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Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.

 

Repairs are often simpler than expected

WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES?

Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.

A NON-PROFIT INITIATIVE

Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.

BOURNEMOUTH REPAIR CAFÉ – WHERE AND WHEN?

Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail transitionbournemouth@gmail.com 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival

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The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy

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Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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