PLU Open Mic featuring Richard Earls
Join us on December 1 as we toss away crappy Christmas toons and stamp some warmth into our feet at the Paris Lit Up Open Mic with featured performer Richard Earls! Signup for everyone starts at 8pm, grab a chair and a mulled wine for an 8.30/45pm start.
Richard Earls writes and performs poetry and songs from his Older Wiser Harder collection on subjects as diverse as love, war, family, death and desperation on the dance floor. A musician and songwriter for four decades, having been involved in the mid-80s UK jazz/pop scene (CBS compilation LP, Get Wise and Virgin/Paladin release Pull Me UP). He wrote his first anti-war poems five years ago after an encounter with an ex-GI begging on Market Street in San Francisco.
This unforgettable experience opened the flood-gates and he is now a regular on the folk and spoken word circuit in the UK at venues such as Songs from Below at the Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden; Hush Hush, in Brighton; Freeway Poets, Bournemouth; Rich Mix, London; The Big Untidy at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading; The Birmingham Indiepop Festival and the Frome Festival. He also appeared in October at Spoken Word Paris, Au Chat Noir.
Holding up a mirror to this dangerous and daunting world, Richard takes to task the crooks, marketeers, broadcasters and warmongers who are running the show, and exhorts his listeners and readers to use their vote wisely and treat one another more kindly.
Press accolades include:
Alan Clayson, music journalist, biographer and musician: “At Frome, he was bordering a well-received realm inhabited by John Cooper Clarke and those rapid fire vers libre readings that were prevalent in beatnik circles in the late 1950s – early 1960s – but with an in-built element peculiar to himself.”
Andy von Pip, music journalist, the Von Pip Musical Express: “.. Richard could be a more eloquent, grown up and infinitely less annoying Mike Skinner meets a pan European John Cooper Clarke infused with the blues or perhaps The Indelicates long lost uncle armed with a harmonica. ”
You will find examples of his work here: http://olderwiserharder.blogspot.co.uk
And you can follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/richardearlslive/