Music and Poetry Weekend featuring the Frank Harrison Trio and Richard Douglas Pennant
Wick, Scotland, 18–19 October 2008

Jazz and poetry have a natural affiliation as both explore abstraction, expression and improvisation.

The Frank Harrison Trio are making a return visit to Lyth following their highly successful performance last year. The Trio will be continuing their ongoing collaboration with Welsh poet Richard Douglas Pennant, who will be joined by distinguished Irish poets Anne Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat. GMF artists will lead poetry and jazz workshops, working alongside the Kevin Mackenzie Quartet, as well as perform in evening public concerts over the course of the weekend.

Many of the visiting musicians will take part in that day's workshops which start with Stephen Keogh's Pulse Class. There will be options to join improvisation sessions and instrument master classes in an exciting day open to musicians of any age/degree of musical ability. No doubt some, if not all, the workshop participants will also end up on stage that evening to round off another Lyth Jazz Exchange.

There will be masterclasses in piano, guitar, saxophone, bass and percussion as well as general sessions on jazz improvisation. The day begins with Stephen's Pulse Class which is a must for musicians of any age/ability.

The poetry workshop will be led by Anne Marie Fyfe who was born in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and now lives in London where she organises the Coffee-House Poetry readings programme at Earls Court's Troubadour. Her previous collections are Late Crossing (Rockingham, '99) and Tickets from a Blank Window (Rockingham, '02). A freelance teacher of literature and creative writing, she was Writer-in-residence at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival '03 and her poem "Curaçao Dusk" won 1st prize in the 2004 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition.

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