12 September 2010

Newport Open Stage successful debut

The Newport Fiddle and Folk Club has launched a number of initiatives over the last few years and on Friday 10th September launched its latest musical venture, the Newport Open Stage.

The idea of the Open Stage came from the success of the regular monthly club gathering. As the numbers grew, it became increasingly difficult to ensure that all needs were met. From fiddle tunes, to collective singing and individual performances, there was not enough time to do it all. We started realising there was a need for a performance space where people could share their own songs and do individual performances. After discussing the idea with the folk club committee, Greg Jenkins and Simon Kerr developed the idea of using the club's regular meeting space on the second Friday of every month. Thus, Newport Open Stage was born.

On this first night about 30 people turned up at the usual venue of 15 Mason St Newport, with about 15 people performing, showcasing original songs, poems and storytelling. Everyone had a fabulous time and enjoyed the atmosphere and chance to listen to some wonderful performers.

It is an acoustic event (so technically not an open 'Mic'), performers use the stage, which is tastefully lit with some well placed spot lights. We made it a cabaret style with everyone sitting around tables (the candles will be there next time!) and because it was a BYO affair, everyone bought drink and food of their choosing. Tea and coffee was available at the break.

So, if you want a chance to have a decent performing space, then you are welcome to come on down on the second Friday of every month. Doors open at 7.30pm and the music starts at 8pm sharp. If you wish to perform it is first in first served, so come early to get your name on the list. We aim for 12 spots of 12mins (max 3 songs) each. Oh, and we abide by the courtesy principle: if you play, please stay; we are each other's audience!

If you don't want to perform, but love live music, poetry and storytelling, then grab some friends and come on down. And get involved with the Newport Open Stage.

Here are some random shots from the evening


If you want any more info email Simon (simon@simonkerrmusic.net) or Greg (gjenkins1@hotmail.com)

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