Our monthly series of Open Mic Nights finished on a high last Friday with a great variety of talent on show featuring Actors, Buskers, Poets, Storytellers, Musicians, Singers and a 'chancy' Limericks Laughs competition. As with all these nights they would not be as successful without our talented contributors who we thank wholeheartedly. We started the evening with sketches performed by ATG members highlighting scams that Policing &Community Safety Partnership use in their public programmes in the ABC council area. Owen McCreesh (local busker and youtube sensation) then took to the stage to entertain us with his distinctive style and take on old classic hits of the 60's and 70's. Next we had the World renowned Jimmy Rafferty, poet and Bard of Armagh multiple winner, to regale us with his humorous rhyme. Jimmy was just back from winning Tralee Bard 2017 and tried out new material on our enraptured audience. Half time came quick and we hadn't even heard from our loyal monthly contributors. Thomas Healy(original poetry)Tim Hanna (rip off poem) Felim Raffferty (Christmas poem original) Dymphna Ferran
(her light hearted poem on the serious subject of Dementia ) and acknowledgement of her ??birthday from all in Abbey Lane.
Elma and Curtis duo Mandoline players, Michael Callaghan( singalong songs) Ann Gilmartin (story, A Christmas tale) and then we had a close run LIMERICK LAUGH's competition with wonderful prizes. Tim Hanna's effort was a sure winner until Sandra Armstrong, just finished writing hers and rocked the place with a five line ditty about thighs and stockings... acted out to leave nothing to doubt. We all loved it!!! and she ran off with the 1st prize appropriately a Christmas stocking. a disappointed Tim won second prize of 6 mince pies. And insult was added to injury as 3 of the pies had been eaten by 'The Woodford Wolves' at the back. Big thanks to Bridie Heaney with our tribute to Patrick Kavanagh and Oscar Wilde anniversaries. And our faithful techy moonlighting on sound and lights Aisling Kelly. NEXT OMN JANUARY 26TH 2018. Seasons greetings and continued writings for the new year.
Where do you start. A night of Drama, Music, Humour,Poetry, Storytelling, Singing and adlibs. If we aren't promoting local talent in many aspects of the arts ....Well I'll eat a Witches hat!
To all who took part... Monique and David with scenes of the forthcoming play 'Gaslight', on in the Studio Theatre in Market Place 9th-11th Nov. A full house in Abbey Lane were enthused by their wonderful acting followed by Liam Mohan (Zac Brownband), Dymphna (sketch) ,Malachi (Spike Milligan poem), Daniel Corrigan (orginal guitar piece) ,Bridie (poetry),Pat Prunty and Eoin Kelly (trad), Michael Callaghan (song) Ann Gilmartin (storytelling)Thomas Healy (orginal poetry)Paddy Mohan (songs) Malachi (orginal story) Kathleen Duffy (singing Spinning Wheel), Melonie Banting (orginal poetry)William Andrews (Bluegrass banjo) accompanied by Daniel on guitar and Eoin on Mandolin . Thomas (Ed Sheeran song), Pat Prunty (Humour ballad), Madeleine Kelly (bandage joke)...A BIG BIG THANK YOU.
Winner of the 'Limerick Laughs' competition....1st DYMPHNA FERRAN, DUNGANNON... 2nd Bridie Heaney.... 3rd Monique Rennie. Thanks all for partaking.
1 )I want to run free 4)I want a warm home
I want to live on A family to treasure.
Like the wind and the rain My wife not denied
Like pleasure and pain My girls by my side
Like birdsong Such a wealth can't be measured-
I want to live on. A family to treasure
2) I want to feel life, 5) I want back my childhood
Like roots in the soil My growth to a man
Or the bugs and the worms My strength and my wildness
That wriggle and squirm My humour and mildness
And live just to toil- My days by the Bann
Like roots in the soil My growth to a man
3) I want to know love 6)I want to go hunting
A passion within To walk till I drop
That must be obeyed And savour the taste
That cannot be swayed With never a waste
But can block out the din- The chase never stops-
A passion within. To walk till I drop
7)I want to feel earth
I want to plant seeds
And then I could know
What will blossom and grow
To outshine the weeds-
I want to plant seeds.
I want to run free. But then -that's always been me...
Penned by famous Tyrone poet and humourist Dymphna Ferran:
There was a young teacher from Grange; Who in the classroom acted so strange.
He made the pupils all stand, with their heads in their hands
While he riffled their pockets for change.
and value for money Dymphna had another up her jumper!
There was a vegetarian called Joe; Who went out to the garden to hoe.
He tripped on a carrot, Now he's sick as a parrot,
And the hoe, it when right up his .............nose.
Dymphna said she really enjoyed her bottle for wine first prize. Well done Dymp's
Reemeber June's Limerick Laughs subject is Politicians!!
Carrots and Peppers and Cabbage; Are things a Veggie savage;
All day and all night; The Roughage = S... (A healthy glow);
And breakfast is a bowl of porridge!
There once was a man called Reggie; Who converted from Carnivore to Veggie;
He stuck it a year; But went on the beer;
Now he's Reggie the Poggie Veggie.
I remember my first day at school; The teachers kept order with a rule;
The Boys were so rough; And the girls just as tough
I ran home and was put on a stool.
The one thing about being a teacher; is they all have a common feature;
Of superior knowledge; after years of college;
To instruct their 'Horrible wee creatures'
Teachers are people that matter; They deserve to be praised high and flattered;
But they often find out; They get called ''git'' and ''lout''
And SO pupils are people they batter!
There was a young teacher, a local; Whose views about meat were quite vocal;
She'd holler and rant; '' You can't , you just can't''
But she secretly scoffed down road kill.!
Bridie Heaney, 'The lapsed Vegetarian' ( The only Limerick with its own title....pretentious)
A lady called Ash from Armagh
From her kitchen heard such a sweet baa
She said " what the heck, I'll just ring its neck,
And make a nice dinner for me Da''
Josh Trotter (in an 'up the country' accent)
There was a wee woman from Moy
Who with money was rather coy
Her purse had a lock
But a much bigger shock
Was she hid the key in Dunloy!
MK (copy right)
There was a wee woman from Armagh
Who forgot to fasten her bra
Her boobs fell out
And were ate by a trout????
And now our Ma's me Da.
MORE TO FOLLOW BY POPULAR DEMAND.
April's OMN on 28th will have a new feature section 'LIMERICK LAUGHS', written and performed by YOU the audience. Each month will have a new subject for these witty 5 liner poems and to start you of this month the first line begins ''There was a wee woman/man from (town name)''. To get you into the spirit we will have wonderful prizes which the winner will proudly cherish. Suggested weekends away, new car models, writing equipment, publishing offers, your name under lights, etc etc. The winner will be selected by AUDIENCE VOTE and their decision will be final. This competition is open to all ages, sexes ,religions and colours (so you have no excuse)! Presented as a Quick Fire round from your seat, wit and humour essential. No animals will be harmed in the 'LIMERICK LAUGHs' feature.
APRIL'S OMG THIS FRIDAY 28TH STARTS 8.30PM TILL LATE.
Featured poem, OMN March 2017 Itch.
This palm itch, that no amount of scratching will subdue. Is it a sign of something you have forgotten; neglecting; subconsciously blocking?
Yet here it is. Beating a subconscious into submission. Its dominance greatest while in deep slumber.
Disturbing idyllic dream channels with a repeating news flash.....Scratch, scratch, scratch.
Wide awake now, its job done. Distracted by this physical metaphor, I contemplate its meaning and come up with none.
Cept an itchy hand means money!
Malachi Kelly 2016
With Armagh Men Shed's Choir kicking off our Open Mic for March with some wonderful renditions of old favourites we were assured of a great night's entertainment. The packed audience sang along from the start and on the last notes of 'Built on seven Hills' gave a well deserved applause. Big thank you to all the Choir and Eoin Kelly who accompanied on guitar. Contributions this month were from, Dymphna Ferran (poetic yarn), Paddy Mohan (guitar/songs), Jimmy Rafferty(Bard of Armagh), Gerry Woods (song) , Malachi (original poetry), JoeMcCool (poetry and Happy B;day) Margaerite Kelly(song) Bridie Heaney (original poetry ) Liz (Country songs) Jimmy Rafferty (by popular demand) , Ellen McGrath (traditional ballads) and the night ended with Dymphna (and her hot hot lover!) Many thanks to all, our next date is April 28th. Spread the word!
With many wonderful stories and poetry gaining an outlet through our Open Mic Night's we would like to share some of these with you.
'Cycle of Life.'
Without a sound
A sorrel leaf falls to the ground.
In the mud
An apple from a Bramley tree falls with a thud.
In the wee small hours
Cherry Blossoms give up their flowers.
A Beech tree majestic & high slips to earth
In falling expels its last breath.
The Cycle of Life and change grinds on
Unnoticed by some,
But some are gone.