Friday 16th March 7pm
Venue: The MusIc Room, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH
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In a specially extended edition of this long-running Lancaster staple, Spotlight presents a highly varied line-up. Alongside saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster dePlume Spotlight will also feature prolific writer Ian Marchant with an extract from his recent book A Hero For High Times. There will also be poetry from invited guests, music from Mollie Baxter & Chris Hargreaves and an Open Mic.
Based in underground East London’s Total Refreshment Centre, saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster creates a new band each month in his development residency Peach. PRSF has funded his forthcoming 4th LP The Corner of a Sphere, following recent performances for BBC Radio 3, National Theatre and clubs festivals and theatres around UK. His ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society. Ahead of an LP release in early 2018, the show is described in the Guardian as a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be.
Born a week before Elvis joined the Army, Ian Marchant is originally from Newhaven in East Sussex, and now lives in Radnorshire. Before taking up writing books, he sang in various unimaginably obscure bands, wrote up the results of horse races in bookmakers’ shops and ran a large second-hand bookshop on the Charing Cross Road. He has published seven books, including two acclaimed memoir/travel books for Bloomsbury, ‘Parallel Lines’ and ‘The Longest Crawl’, which were each selected by Nicholas Lezard as his paperback of the week in The Guardian. ‘The Longest Crawl’ was book of the month for September 2007 in both ‘The Sunday Sport’ and ‘The Church of England Newspaper’, a hitherto undreamt of critical double. His most recent book was published by Jonathan Cape in January 2018. ‘A Hero for High Times’, is the story of the hippies for those who weren’t there. It’s for Younger Readers who want to know how to build a bender, make poppy tea, and throw the I-Ching…