It's been a busy week, but I'm mainly going to talk about our Poetry Cafe show from this weekend. I've been busy editing - one of the films that is linked to the show, so I'll be revealing the links for that in just a minute. The other film is the first of my German duo, as part of A TALE OF 2 CITIES - 1 YETI. I'm making good headway with it and hope that it'll be available by next week - we shall see! Part 1 is set in Dusseldorf and contains the poems A NIGHT ON THE TOWN WITH A YETI and new piece, DRUNK ELK.
Anyway, before we get bogged down in the exact details from the night , I promised to give you some links to the first film that I've edited from our ROCK 'N' ROLLERCOASTER SHOW - there will be more live footage over the next month or so, but have a go with this one, first.
Shy Yeti presents... The first instalment of his ROCK 'N' ROLLERCOASTER SHOW, as performed at The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden on Saturday 5th May 2012. This was a night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Shy Yeti (otherwise known as Paul Chandler)'s 2nd collection, ROLLERCOASTER and also to raise money for charity - on this occasion MS TRUST. Poems include IF I CAN'T HAVE A BULLDOG, HE SANG, THE CAROL SINGERS, A FACE FOR RADIO and the title piece. His special guest on the night was the fantastic John Smallshaw - and three of John's poems also appear in this film: MONO-LOG and two others. There will more footage of the night released over the next couple of months and this film even includes a specially recorded yeti dance! Cameraman for the evening was Dominic McCauley, although the yeti recorded a few bits and edited it all together. Music is by Luca. This film and its contents are Copyright Paul Chandler/John Smallshaw, 2012.
Anyway... So, as far as preparations for the night were concerned, I spent a good deal of time the week before preparing the set - although I'd pretty much put it together when I originally thought that I was going to be performing it back in March. I'd even filmed some inserts and a yeti dance where the original date was mentioned, although I will find a way of using that - probably in the 2nd of the films from the night. One last minute change was to read a poem that I'd only completed the day before, a piece called EVIL IVY, but more about that later; needless to say it's always satisfying to be able to perform something so new! I expect I'll probably post it here in a week or two... On the day of the show Dominic and I came up to London mid-afternoon and recorded some of the links that you'll see in the film in one of our favourite London locations of the moment, Golden Square, just off Piccadilly Circus.
So what went on during actual show? Of course it wasn't just me - John Smallshaw was there too, but I'm afraid some of my details about his poems are a bit more sketchy as I don't know the titles of them all - although you'll see them in forthcoming videos. Apologies for this being far more heavily about what I read... So here we go!
KEEP ON GETTING IT WRONG *
CACTUS HEART *
HE SANG * (v1)
IN TWO MINDS *
MY PAST IS CATCHING UP WITH ME *
CAROL SINGERS * (v1)
FACE FOR RADIO * (v1)
ROLLERCOASTER * (v1)
EIGHTEEN HUNDREDS EASY-RIDER *
WHY AGNES… *
I’M A JELLYFISH *
YOUR NEW BOYFRIEND’S A MINGER *
CELLULOID HEROES (Ray Davies) *
MARSHMALLOW HEART *
PITY HER! *
PICCADILLY CIRCUS * (some)
SHE NEVER HAD ANY LUCK
A YETI IN A HAT *
EVIL IVY *
OTHERWISE ENGAGED *
LAST OF THE AUTUMN LEAVES *
SO MUCH LOVE – SO LITTLE TIME! *
THEM VAMPIRES – SUCH CHARMERS! *
JEALOUSY DID HIM NO GOOD *
WE DON’T DANCE TO LOVESONGS *
SOMETIMES I JUST WANNA... *
DRUNK ELK *
I’VE CLEANED OUT MY DIRTY MIND… *
PEACE TREATY... *
LONDON AND I HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING * (some)
INGRID BERGMAN’S NOSE
I WILL EAT PIES
Please Note: An asterisk by a poem indicates that they were filmed on the night. (v1) indicates that they appear in the first episode of my ROCK ‘N’ ROLLERCOASTER SHOW. At the end of the evening 29 out of 35 of the poems that I read had been recorded (including a couple halves of other ones...), not to mention the majority of John's two sets.
The first half of the show started slightly later than expected, due to the fact that the F.A. Cup was on and a number of the audience were later arriving. That said, initially we weren’t expecting that many people anyway, as it was the bank holiday weekend and a lot of those who usually come along were out of town or busy with other things. This particular show was rescheduled twice due to double-booking by the cafe, which is how I ended up getting the venue three times within five months. At our best, on the night, we had over a dozen audience members – most of whom knew John Smallshaw, who returned to make his third guest appearance. I had two camera-men on hand who have filmed with me many times, both in front of and behind the scenes; Calum Williamson and regular co-star Dominic McCauley, although Dominic ended up doing all the filming for both halves and tried some new and cool angles to record us from! It was not possible to record everything – but we did get the majority of all that was read on the night by both John and myself. The charity on the night for this show and also for our show on Friday 8th June was MS TRUST.
DOMINIC AND THE YETI
IF I CAN’T HAVE A BULL DOG
IN TWO MINDS
I didn’t occur to me at the time, as I only had copies of the re-issued ROLLERCOASTER and recently released SHY YETI GOES WILD compilation available to sell – but these next four poems do have a link of their own. Although all but CACTUS HEART were written some time again, they were recently collected together for a collection of “lost poems for lost loves”, using this particular poem as the title of the compilation. KEEP ON GETTING IT WRONG and IN TWO MINDS were recently recorded for the SHY YETI GOES BUSHY episode of SHY YETI ON LOCATION; the first was originally included in my MUGSHOTS collection from 2005 and the second from 2004s LOVESONGS FOR THE BITTER AND TWISTED. HE SANG is originally from 2003s GO 4TH AND DIVIDE and footage of this live performance appears in the first video posted from the night on Youtube and Vimeo (See links elsewhere.)
MY PAST IS CATCHING UP WITH ME
FACE FOR RADIO
EIGHTEEN HUNDREDS EASY-RIDER
The next five pieces were all from ROLLERCOASTER. The first poem was read during an early SHY YETI ON LOCATION episode in 2010, whilst CAROL SINGERS was revived back in December for my TOO SLUSHY FOR SNOWMEN mini-compilation, getting an airing on Radio Wey the same month. ROLLERCOASTER I’ve performed quite a lot over the years – whilst FACE FOR RADIO and EIGHTEEN HUNDREDS EASY-RIDER I don’t think I’ve ever performed.
At this point it was time for John Smallshaw to come up and read; there are a number of his poems from the first half during the ROCK ‘N’ ROLLERCOASTER SHOW – 1 video.
I’M A JELLYFISH
YOUR NEW BOYFRIEND’S A MINGER
CELLULOID HEROES (Ray Davies)
SHE NEVER HAD ANY LUCK
A YETI IN A HAT
Following these two pieces I returned to ROLLERCOASTER and read another three poems from this collection…
LAST OF THE AUTUMN LEAVES
SO MUCH LOVE – SO LITTLE TIME!
THEM VAMPIRES – SUCH CHARMERS!
JEALOUSY DID HIM NO GOOD
WE DON’T DANCE TO LOVESONGS
I’VE CLEANED OUT MY DIRTY MIND…
At this stage I had hoped to have time to read another four poems from ROLLERCOASTER, but decided that it was time to wind up the evening. I had planned to read WAVES, ON
INGRID BERGMAN’S NOSE
I WILL EAT PIES
To finish off the evening I read three further poems, discarding a fourth poem – CUPCAKE, which I will save for my June 2012 show. LONDON AND I HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING I came across again whilst working on the tenth anniversary re-issues of later collections and decided that I’d like to read it; the same goes for INGRID BERGMAN’S NOSE from my MUGSHOTS collection (2005).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new film - that's about it for now... Next week, I intend to discuss the first of the two videos from Germany and will also be posting that new poem that I mentioned, EVIL IVY. Before I go one last big thank you to everyone who came along to support us and especially to John Smallshaw for performing alongside me and to Dominic McCauley for managing to film so much of the ensuing poetic insanity!
More soon - yeti hugs,
This post is Copyright Paul Chandler, 2012.