Richard Douglas Pennant/Frank Harrison Trio
with guests Anne Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat
Workshop: 11am – 3pm
Concert: 8 pm
Jazz and poetry have a natural affiliation as both explore abstraction, expression and improvisation. Welsh poet Richard Douglas Pennant has read work in various countries and has collaborated with many musicians using a variety of musical styles, most recently with the Frank Harrison Trio. His guests are two distinguished Irish poets Anne Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat. Anne Marie, who currently chairs The Poetry Society, will give a poetry workshop earlier that day.
Richard Douglas Pennant
Richard Douglas Pennant was born in North Wales. He has published two books of poems, Old Stones New Tales and Alabaster Jar. Much of the inspiration for his poetry comes from his native Wales with its tales and legends of the Celtic deities. Some of his poems also make reference to Hellenic history. Essentially, he writes about human relationships and the way in which love, friendship and personal growth all play a part. He has worked with musicians who use a variety of musical styles and has made two CD recornings Old Stones New Tales and Letting Go. These feature selected poems and music by Qaanun player Abdullah Chhadeh, violinist Darragh Morgan, cellist Matthew Barley and the Frank Harrison Trio who return to Lyth for this concert.
Richard's guest readers are Irish poets Anne Marie Fyfe and Cahal Dallat.
Frank Harrison Trio
Frank Harrison has been winning prizes since he started playing piano aged eleven. He studied at Berklee School Of Music, Boston before returning to England where he joined Gilad Atzmon's band, the Orient House Ensemble with whom he has recorded four CDs. Since his last outstanding appearance at Lyth last year he has released a fine new album, "You've Changed" with guitarist Louis Stewart.
This workshop will be lead by Anne Marie Fyfe who was born in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim and now lives in London where she organises the Coffee-House Poetry readings programme at Earls Court's Troubadour. Her previous collections are Late Crossing (Rockingham, '99) and Tickets from a Blank Window (Rockingham, '02). A freelance teacher of literature and creative writing, she was Writer-in-residence at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival '03 and her poem "Curaçao Dusk" won 1st prize in the 2004 Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition.