Joseph Horgan & Antony Owen are two Irish poets. They will be accompanied by traditional Irish musician Adrian Boyle. More music will be provided by American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills of folk rock fame. London Irish poet Racker Donnelly will be presenting the Irish part of the programme.
Joseph Horgan was born in Birmingham of Irish parents. He is a poet, author, journalist and reviewer – with a weekly column in the Irish Post. He has 4 collections of poetry, the last, The Year I Loved England, in collaboration with Antony Owen who reads with him tonight. His third, An Unscheduled Life, includes delightful illustrations by artist, Brian Whelan.
Antony Owen’s first collection, My Father’s Eyes Were Blue, was published by Heaventree Pres in 2011. Poems from his pamphlet, The Dreaded Boy, Pighog Press, were featured in an updated musical adaptation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. ‘Owen is one of a handful of poets unafraid to write for these violent times.’ Bill Ramsell
American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70’s and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival and more. His music has been described as “the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing.” He couples his powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. He has recently moved to London and has begun performing in folk clubs throughout the UK.
March 27th fourth friday features the incredible LiTTLe MaCHiNe poetry band + poets Hilaire, Joolz Sparkes & Jill Abram – more details soon.