Poetry from John Godfrey and Eve Pearce Music from Rattle on the Stove Pipe
It was shortly after taking voluntary redundancy from the railway industry in 1997 that John Godfrey won his first-ever poetry competition prize (a 4th in the Bridport). Since then he has won many more – most notably 1st Prizes in the Kent & Sussex (2000), the Peterloo (2005), and the City of Derby (2008) – and been published in various poetry magazines. His first full collection The Man on Crewe Station was published by Rockingham Press in July 2011. PBS Bulletin said of it, “…always we arrive back at the point of departure, the same but different; ineffably moved.”
Eve Pearce is an actress as well as a poet. She often, but not exclusively, writes about her Scottish childhood. Her pamphlet Woman in Winter was published by Hearing Eye Books in 2007. She is a member of The Company of Elders and dances at Sadlers Wells.
Rattle on the Stovepipe are Dave Arthur (5-string banjo, melodeon, guitar, vocals), Pete Cooper (fiddle and vocals) and Dan Stewart (5-string banjo, guitar and vocals). They’ve gained an enthusiastic folk club following with their mix of traditional songs, ballads and dance tunes from the British Isles and the Appalachian Mountains region of America. Their 2006 CD with Chris Moreton, ‘Eight More Miles’ (Wild Goose, WGS 333), and the 2009 ‘no use in cryin’ with Dan Stewart has spread their reputation more widely.