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Hammer & Tongue Solent - feat. Elvis McGonagall and Stephen Ripper

Wednesday, 14th February 2018
The Art House Cafe

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Hammer & Tongue Solent returns for 2018. We'll start the year with a bang, bringing you the World Slam Champ, Elvis McGonagall. Supporting Elvis is none other than Stephen Ripper!

H&T Solent runs at The Art House every month, where poets battle it out for a place at the national final at the Royal Albert Hall... Who will follow in Jayne Ede's footsteps?

The rules for the slam are simple. There are 8 places for 8 poets to take part. Each poet has 3 minutes to impress a panel of 5 judges, selected at random from the evening's audience.

Judges score each performance out of 10. Highest score is deducted, lowest score is deducted, and the total of the three remaining scores is the score the poet gets.

No props allowed. Time penalties applicable if you go over 3 minutes.

Want to know more about your special guests? Well...

Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary, comedian and broadcaster, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the middle of nowhere where he scribbles verse whilst drinking Scotch, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly.

Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and performs at literary and music festivals, comedy clubs, pubs and dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad. He also performs with the kings of Caledonian skiffle Dead Plants as Elvis McGonagall & The Resurrectors “an unholy marriage of radical stand-up poetry and shoutin’ punky hillbilly blues”.

Deftly witty and subversive but not afraid to be plain daft, Elvis has been spitting his scurrilous diatribes against the powers that be since 2003. And look at the state of the world now.

A poet from a town called Ware, Ripper shambolically navigates through the heights of folly and the depths of despair, drawing from an aggressively whimsical existence as a life-nourished hedonist. This well dressed ramshackle word maker comes crashing from the debris of Dionysus, fuelled by changing seasons and expanding perception.

Drawing from his never ending collection The Girls, The Rot and The Unquantifiable Joy of Existence Ripper prepares to roar through another year of tigers, ciders and dreams…

Your hosts for the evening will be Fletcher Jenkins and Hollie Ward.

Admission £7.50, Concessions £5. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hammer-and-tongue-solent-tickets-41321010254