25 Years In An Open Mic T-Shirt

  • Thursday | 06.10.11
  • 7.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £5 / £...

A special gathering of writers and musicians to celebrate 25 years in the life-work of Darren Poyzer

“One of the Manchester scene’s best loved music personalities” 
Manchester Evening News

Rabble rousing. Excellent. Masterclass. Heartfelt. Great. Fantastic. Brilliant. Mind-blowing. Inspirational. Amazing … just some of the words used to describe the on-stage persona of Darren Poyzer, a charming face around town, adorned with trademark blue hat and Takemine acoustic, attracting smiles and inspiring those around him to write, create, lift their heads up when times are hard and keep their passion and wits about them.

It was sometime back in 1986 when the light came on. Already a war veteran by the age of 18 he had written his first meaningful poem, an angry reflection of conflict just hours before a rousing empirical homecoming, and having taken his poetry into songwriting, he played his first gig supporting the esteemed poet Adrian Mitchell.

From anger came a twist of irony and a lively comical edge. Regular shows were played alongside the likes of Steve Coogan, Caroline Ahearne, Lemn Sissay, John Cooper Clarke, Mark Burgess and John Bramwell. In later years acclaimed outings lead to support slots for the likes of Eddi Reader, Lloyd Cole, Toots And The Maytals, Wishbone Ash, Roy Harper, Nerina Pallot, The Saw Doctors and Ozric Tentacles, plus appearances at Glastonbury, Edinbrough, Acoustic Festival of Britain, International Guitar Festival of Britain and most recently The Rhythm Festival.

“I was given the most amazing opportunity” he recalls. From that first live stage experience, Darren has set upon a life task to enlighten and entertain, and through working for and promoting community  music projects, he continues to devote his energies to inspiring others to achieve strength through creativity. These days he is also an active special needs music leader and popular music educator.

Tonight’s show brings together a cast of many musicians and writers with Darren at the helm. “There will be some order of play and plenty to enjoy” he promises, “but I may lose the script, and from there onwards anything could happen!”.

This event begins at 8pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open from 5.30pm for delicious food and drinks.

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