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The House Guitar

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
Something slightly

Dave James Horn ©

Open Mic at Stag Coffee, Ashford 23-02-18

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.

The Lime Bar Open Stage 21-01-18

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!




Open Mic Highlights

What a fantastic night, lots of wonderful participants and a great audience! Keep an eye out for the next 😀

And So She Thinks

Thank you to everyone who came to the first open mic night at Stag Coffee, organised by Dave of Visible Thoughts and myself. Here’s some musical highlights from the night…

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Exciting Events August 2017

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!

Visible Thoughts, Dave James Horn, David James Horn, David Horn, Poet, Poetry, Folkestone, Kent, Dave Horn, poem

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 🙂