Spoken Word promoters Flint and Pitch present their fourth Revue show at The Bongo Club in Edinburgh. The night is a mix of spoken word, music and poetry and features a wide variety of talent. Spoken word performer Sophia Walker is joined by Ellen Renton, Ryan Van Winkle, UrbanFarmHand and Djana Gabrielle who all make up the entertainment for the evening. The show is presented by Jenny Lindsay and Cameron Foster.
Ryan Van Winkle is an American born, but Edinburgh based poet who has vast experience in reading his work on stages in Edinburgh and beyond. He has hosted his own spoken word nights and knows how to entertain the crowd. Ryan reads a short set of mostly new poems that are entertaining, touching and feel like classics in the making.
Djana Gabrielle is a French-Cameroon singer/songwriter who now lives in Glasgow. She takes the new voice slot in the programme and performs passionate and beautiful songs on an acoustic guitar. Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day doesn’t seem like an obvious song to cover, but Djana makes the song her own and leaves the stage with the audience transfixed by her music.
Sophia Walker is a regular in Edinburgh during the fringe. She has performed many shows as part of the Free Fringe and is the host of the BBC Poetry Slam. This evening she is presenting a twenty minute preview of her latest show and looks to be delighted at trying out new material on an eager audience. She performs with confidence and integrity, allowing every word to seep into the brain of the audience. The theme of the show is infidelity and it is shaping up to be an engaging and honest performance.
After the second interval spoken word artist Ellen Renton takes to the stage and delivers a succinct collection of poems. She may be the least experienced spoken word artist that is featured in the revue, but she is already a fantastic talent to watch and performs with a natural conviction.
UrbanFarmHand opened the evening with a short song and end it with a larger set made up of tracks from debut album Tell Me The Place. Their music is understated and sensitive and littered with witty lyrics and charming narratives.
Flint and Pitch are presenting other spoken word shows in Edinburgh throughout the year. There will be further review shows at The Bongo Club, the Variety Nights at the Lyceum and spoken word theatre shows at The Scottish Storytelling Centre.