Presented by Trevor Carter
The Bard of Windmill Hill received a Best Show Award this year for ‘How the West Was Lost’. He was Bristol Storyteller of the Year in 2014 and is the only poet ever to have won this competition. He was poet in residence and co-organiser of the popular Bristol variety show Lansdown Cabaret for eleven years. His ‘Word Wizard Cabarets’ have featured at various venues including the Colston Hall. A previous Christmas show at the Alma Tavern was a sell-out success.
Comments from previous shows:
“Amazing performer, such a unique skill in terms of creativity and delivery. His engagement with the audience makes it exciting and alive.” Barnstaple Theatre Festival
“An entertaining and captivating performance that sparked intrigue, delight and great food for thought. A delight.” Buddhafield Festival
“Brilliant, captivating, cheering.” – “Just the tonic I needed.” Chippenham Folk Festival
“a triumph… brilliant performance… a wordsmith second to none” Bristol Storytelling Festival
“Fabulous entertainment – a real treat.” Shrewsbury Folk Festival
“Hilarious poems and stories” Warwick Folk Festival
Mark Darkside is a Bristol based singer-songwriter who ranges from the wittily comic to the poignantly tragic. He has penned fruity lines of love which he delivers with exquisite panache and has adapted Shakespearean sonnets to music, enriching them with his innovative arrangements and soaring vocals. He has also featured at various venues around the south-west as an Elton John impersonator. A born performer, in 2013 he won Bristol Dead Poets Slam with his hilariously preposterous interpretation of Chaucer’s ‘Wife of Bath’.
Spikey Tim is a rising star on the Bristol spoken word scene and has been described as ‘energetic and charismatic’. He also has the rare quality of appealing to all ages. Audiences are mesmerised by his boyish charm, and irrepressible energy and infectious good humour. He has won poetry slams and also helps to organise slam poetry in Bristol and provides workshops for children.