Another song on another day
The house guitar rings out
To help the spontaneous
And the ill prepared
Always have their say
It’s body a tapestry of finger prints
It’s tuning off sometimes so much
The new player is known to wince
The house guitar hangs ready
For the next persons touch
Ready to help the next troubadour
Release their soul
And let their spirit soar
Never knowing who
Might walk through the door
A thousand different songs
Covers, one offs and originals
And still it’s repertoire goes on and on
This guitar shining out possibilities
like a bright star
More than this though
The guitar radiates the warmth
Of a thousand players
Detailing a history
That few will ever know
And a mystery
Who has used it before
Who will use it next
And whoever decided to tune it like that
The new addition is thoroughly vexed
But player after player
Leaves their mark
Leaves their spark
As someone might
Leave notches on a bedpost
Something special shared
By this guitar and them
And by us, the listener
All making a moment
More unique than a priceless gem
So, here’s to the house guitar
The beating heart
Of any bar
Dave James Horn ©
Thank you everyone for coming to the open mic at Stag Coffee, Ashford hosted by Francesca Baker/And So She Thinks and myself. It was great to see so many awesome artists. We had comedy, music and poetry covering everything from how to flirt with someone Instagram style to some beautiful jazz classic renditions. Here are some photos. See you again at Stag on the 30th March.
What a wonderful afternoon! New faces, old faces and all kinds of sounds! Thank you to everyone that came, see you next week 2-5.
Another day of unexpected madness and mad skills! Thank you everyone for coming, see you on Sunday 2-5!
Sunday was amazing! The level of variety in format and topic was incredible, from the serious and profound to the hilarious and comic – it was a wonderful afternoon to be part of and watch! Here are some photos, see you Sunday 2-5!
The first open stage of the year was fantastic! There a few Lime Bar debuts and some completely new performers! See you next week 2-5.
What a way to close the year, with one of the best open stages yet!! Here are a few photos and videos. See you next week 2-5, here is the event page!
It’s almost August! And that’s great for so many reasons! Here are just a few.
Every Sunday 2-5 at the Lime Bar Café in Folkestone there is the open mic! The only Sunday it’s not on is the 13th. Come read poetry, sing, play, tell stories or comedy. Surprise us!
On Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th it is Pitch Festival! This is the first and is happening The Paddlesworth Project, Paddlesworth near Folkestone. It features loads of amazing artists, theatre and workshops. I will be running a spoken word stage with help from my Poets’ Corner friends Faith Warn and Anthony White. Come and share your poems, stories or spoken word!
Then on the Monday 14th the spoken word album Our Words On Your Lips is released. This is a wonderful project put together by Lenny Bunn’s featuring ten Kent poets and was recorded at Lenny’s Studio in Westenhanger. I am very grateful to be on of those poets featured. Keep your eyes peeled for it in local shops around Folkestone and hopefully beyond! A link to the album on Amazon is here.
As part of Poets’ Corner I will be at this year’s inaugural Folkestone Pride, happening at the Quarter House, Folkestone. Between 4 and 6 inside the Quarter House come take part in community poetry at this open forum!
See you around 🙂