September 10, 2009
ZoÃ«Â Barron, The Bedroom Philosopher, Tom Joyce, The Tongue
This was another corker. Put on as part of Overload Poetry Festival, we had their help to whip us up another bumper crowd, and to bring Elefant Traks MC The Tongue down from Sydney for the gig. The crowd were amped and the talent lived up to their expectations.Â ZoÃ«Â Barron impressed in what would have been a rather daunting Wordplay debut, then The Bedroom Philosopher had a slew of material from his award-winning Songs From the 86 Tram show. (It’s since been released as a CD, so you should chase that up.) After the break, Tom Joyce gave us one of those really special moments: a series of poems all run together into a kind of whispered monologue; all delivered from memory; the man wandering from punter to punter like he was searching for someone; sometimes abandoning the microphone and later reclaiming it; his voice so hushed that it demanded the attention of everyone in the room. The sound of 120 people in complete silence is loud indeed, and he had every person locked onto him throughout. You can hear the exhalation of breath when he’s done. And to round it off, The Tongue delivered a blistering acapella set with complete confidence, making us extra glad we’d gone to the effort of getting him to Melbourne. “Got more Os than Wooloomooloo.” Gold.
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