SproutSpoken SuperSonic: feat. Dizraeli
SproutSpoken ventures over to the beautiful surroundings of St Michael The Archangel for what promises to be one of the highlights of the Sprout & About 2021 season. Don’t miss this SuperSonic - featuring a headline set from the inimitable Dizraeli.
With support from Gecko as well as MCMC Spoken (with Steve), this night promises to be a special one!
Doors open: 6.45pm
Show Start: 7.30pm
Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including interval)
Licensed bar available.
Age guide: 14+
Don't miss out on Dizraeli’s WordWorks workshop earlier in the day!
Poet, producer, firestarter. Songwriter-MC, multi-instrumentalist-raconteur… Dizraeli is a genre of his own. From building a frenzied underground following with his first band Bad Science (1999-2008), through to his debut solo album Engurland (City Shanties) dropping in 2009 and then on to tour the world and record the acclaimed Moving In The Dark with Dizraeli and The Small Gods, on the way collaborating with artists as diverse as Kae Tempest, Jam Baxter and Eliza Carthy in his explorations of the crossover between hiphop, folk, bass music and all between…and most recently releasing his solo masterpiece The Unmaster, nominated for Album of the Year by Gilles Peterson in the 2020 Worldwide Awards… Diz has always forged his own way.
His unswerving devotion to pushing the boundaries of lyricism and musical form has earned him a bona fide cult status among those who know, and the raw honesty and humour he brings to his writings on his own mental health, sexuality and the liberation of the human spirit has drawn people together of all shades and ages around his work.
Singer storyteller Gecko tours the UK in support of his second album ‘Climbing Frame’. Pronounced ‘Album of the year’ in the Morning Star newspaper Gecko’s playful songs cover the big things in life with wit and warmth.
Gecko has previously appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC Scotland, BBC London & the Edinburgh Fringe. He has shared stages with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Loyle Carner, Tim Minchin & Billy Bragg.
In November 2020 he appeared on the Bafta nominated TV show ‘Life & Rhymes’ on Sky Arts. In March 2021 his song ‘Rapunzel’ went viral on Tik Tok gaining over 200k views in under 48 hours.
‘Whimsical rhyming stories’ - Radio Times
‘He’s a work of art’ - Benjamin Zephaniah
‘Made me instantly happy’ - Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1)
‘Gecko’s songwriting sparkles’ - American Songwriter
Megan Chapman AKA MCMC Spoken is a Cornish-grown poet and performance artist. Currently London’s Word4Word slam winner and last year’s winner of Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival’s Poetry Slam, she has opened up festival stages including Glastonbury and Womad. With a background in Youth and Community work, Meg is known for regular performances at Cornish gigs and literary events and delivers workshops across a range of settings, empowering individuals to find their voice and bring it forth onto the stage. Her recent gigs include a set at Proud Eden, with upcoming tour dates continuing with Waterstones in Truro. She was featured in ‘A Space to Write’ published in 2015, a book exploring the writing spaces of Cornwall’s best-loved wordsmiths.
She writes about social injustices, class, gender, and societal pressures, such as the expectation of providing a grandchild and has chosen not to thus far. Her writing hopes to open up conversations resonate with the audience, with the hope of offering human connections, and voicing shared thoughts. Capturing the voices of the unheard. This year's performance will capture an extensive performance focusing on showcasing work across a decade in her local county.
At SproutSpoken, MCMC Spoken will be performing with Steve. Poetry, and hip hop vibes, with strings, beats and some beautiful melodies.
SproutSpoken is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
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