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Saturday 12th August 2016

Issue no.19


by Ben Hansen-Hicks

So, Ventnor Fringe is now in full swing. It’s Saturday, people. Mush! We’re all going maaaaad and I’ve only been here for 18 hours. I sincerely hope you have plenty of plans for today, there is a veritable feast of programming for you all to absorb, in the lovely Ventnor sunshine no less! There’s Macbeth (6pm, Holy Trinity Church), the Illuminated Carnival Parade (9pm, in town) and, to round the evening off, the Blind Mole’s Ball with Boogie Belgique (10.15pm, The Vaults) just a tiny part of what will be going on today. What’s been your favourite bits so far? Late nights at the Observatory? Catching

Birdwatch by Matt Hitt It has reached that time in the festival where the members of the media team have quite frankly lost it. As I type I am being serenaded by our glorious editor making various bird noises – or are they raptor calls? (I’m sure you all remember what Jurassic Park 3 taught us; they communicated through a series of squawks, and I believe anything Sam Neill tells me). Anyway, speaking of birds, there’s definitely something avian going on at St Catherine’s Church this afternoon. Birdwatching in Madtown promises to be a hoot. The immersive experience may ruffle some feathers, but why not kill two birds with one stone and cater your need for both music and storytelling in one hit. The residents of Madtown cordially invite you to experience the songs, stories and rhymes that comprise the magic of a muchloved local pursuit. Regardless of whether you’re a twitcher or not, come along and bring a friend or the family – you’d be quackers to miss it. Birdwatching in Madtown: 1pm & 3pm @ St Catherine’s Church.

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some bands at the Free Fringe at Parkside in the sunshine? Or what about sloshing your beverage of choice all over yourself to a particularly hearty rendition of Toto’s Africa at the live karaoke with the late night sessions in the Crab and Lobster? Who are we kidding – everything is a highlight. You’re in a bubble here in Ventnor. A wonderful artistic, musical and beautiful bubble here at the bottom of the Isle of Wight. Let every little bit of it soak in. Let it wash over you like a fine, fine wine. But we mustn’t get complacent in our paradise...the sands of time are against us. You’ve got today and tomorrow and then it’s all over for another year! #suchdeep #manymeaningful

Overheard: “A guy tricked into a Harry Potter wedding.”

Navy Knickers and Nicked TV’s. by Laura Clare Reid Spelling tests, smear tests, mad mums, bad boyz, navy knickers and nicked TV’s? You can expect all of these things and more from these shy and retiring ladies. One is a member of the British Empire (MBE for short darlings), an award winning poet and artist - Donna Jones. The other is a Ventnor Fringe Media Team favourite, five star author and broadcaster - Joan Ellis. This will be quite the event. Having met these two furiously fabulous females, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you buy a ticket to this offering of stories, spoken word, high drama and knickers. Seriously, these are two severely interesting, talented and inspirational women. And they’re a bit of a bloody good laugh too. Go and see.

Boogie Belgique

Palo Duro by Hollie Hayes Via the means of Facebook video call, I was joined by Kiya Heartwood, Anna Harris and Jana Pochop (Tejas) for a preview of their upcoming show at this year’s Ventnor Fringe. Check out Kiya Heartwood and Tejas at St. Catherine’s Church, 7pm on Saturday. It’s great to have you back again. This is your second performance at the Ventnor Fringe and this year you’ve brought some company, what have you both got in store for us this year? We’re going to rock your socks off! I have a new CD and we’re playing songs from that for the most part. It’s called Palo Duro. Last year at the Fringe you performed solo, is it nice to be back with some friends? Yes. Last year I played by myself and did more of my kind of ‘story songs’. This year we’re playing mostly songs from the CD and a little bit more bridge rock. What is Palo Duro about? What inspired your recent album? It’s a very Texas record. The word Tejas means ‘friend’ in one of the native languages. That’s actually where the word ‘Texas’ comes from. So there’s a little Spanish influence. There’s a story about The Last Battle of the Three Comanches and some love songs and some rowdy stuff. Which song are you most looking forward to playing from the new album? I play fiddle and background vocals and I must say one of my favourite ones to play is probably the title track, Palo Duro. Just because the story itself is very haunting and I find it very easy to emote to it. It’s very tragic and sad and it’s a thoroughly well written song and record, I really love playing it.

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Your performance last year consisted of storytelling and experiences from travelling the country. What is your weirdest/best experience from the road? I got to play for a bunch of high school kids in Utah and they were locked up, they were all kids that had suffered some kind of trauma. Their parents got involved in drugs -or they were involved in drugs- and I got to do a concert for them which was probably the most moving thing that has happened in the last year. You have been featured on a number of albums, including sessions with Russ Kunkel and Toto. Do you still stay in touch with either of them? What was it like working with Toto? At the time I was pretty shy, they were very big stars so I was like ‘Hello’ and they’d say ‘What do you want me to play on your record?’ and I’m like ‘uhhh....’ So I wasn’t necessarily the most communicative person at that time. But you know they were all cool and some were cooler than others. Our bass player at the time was in Roman Holiday and he now plays with Toto so that’s my connection. A couple of them are no longer with us. Can we expect to see any more collaboration in the future? Well you never know! Were there any significant artists/people in your life who inspired you to apprehend a folk music career? I really am inspired by Richard Thompson, I really like his work. I like Steve Earl’s work, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Martin Carthy. Thank you Kiya we’ll see you on Saturday!


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Boogie in the Basement by Catriona Macaulay Last year’s secret set from Boogie Belgique began much like a Stephen King horror story for our unsuspecting audience. The evening set about in the Ventnor Exchange, where groups of 15/20 people were taken on a theatrical journey to a dimmly-lit area. Having travelled along a narrow alleyway to a car park, spectators were then met by an actor dressed in black waiting ominously in the dark. A few thought something had gone horribly wrong as they were ushered into a mini-bus with tinted windows. The van took many twists and turns until it came to an abrupt stop in what seemed like the middle of nowhere. The doors were forced open by the blacked out figure with a raised hand; pointing towards a candle-lit path. Our moderately sized groups then had to manoeuvre themselves towards the sound of music within earshot. Down a narrow staircase and

underground, where colours were projected onto walls with moving cityscapes dancing against the late 1800 brick walls. Many described this journey as a scintillating experience. This year will be a similar exploration without the menacing blacked out silhouettes. This network of underground tunnels, no longer a secret will once more be illuminated by naked flames and colourful lights for the Blind Moles Ball. It’s difficult to liken Oswald Cromheecke (producer of Boogie Belgique) to any previous artists as he’s essentially created an entirely new genre, drawing elements of electro-swing, jazz, funk and hip hop. Expect to hear trumpets, sax, keys and a bombardment of euphoric electronica. The Vault can be located at the far end of the Botanic Gardens car park, can’t miss it, I don’t know if I mentioned, it will be lit up with candles. Catch Boogie Belgique tonight at 9.30pm.

I bless the rains down in Africa because today’s weather is absolutely fabulous.

Grab-a-Poet Toby Thompson

Can you introduce yourself and tell us what you’re doing at Fringe this year? My name’s Toby Thompson and I am performing three times a day for half an hour at a time in this caravan, to audiences of up to 5. So I’m doing that Tuesday to Sunday, and then on Sunday evening I’m doing a show with Dizraeli at the secret venue, who’s a good friend of mine and an inspiration really.

How long have you been performing for? About seven years now I think, doing this kind of thing. So I’m 22 now and I started when I was about 15. Yeah so quite a long time. Have you performed at Fringe before? Yeah this is my third time and so it’s a home from home almost now. I’ve been here four times actually, I did another event that wasn’t during the summer, I couldn’t come last year because I was at Edinburgh Fringe doing a show. What have you been working on between each Fringe? Various things. So I’m always just kind of writing my own poems and then last autumn I did a show, I was commissioned to write one for the Royal & Derngate in Northampton which was performed on the centenary of a particular battle during the First World War which was in Northampton. Northampton had suffered, by far, the greatest losses in this particularly tragic battle. So it was an hours’ worth of poetry and we had a little orchestra and that was probably the biggest piece of work, the biggest undertaking that I’ve taken on as far as writing and performing goes. There were lots of other festivals over the summer, I went to Zimbabwe and did a few gigs for the International festival out there, and commissions for people.

‘moollah’ but spending it on frivolous pursuits would not be sensible. Use your money wisely because times ahead will be hard, emotionally and financially. Getting in contact with someone in a hot place (even if that means the kitchen) will open new doors today. Reconnect with a friend in the south of France and if you don’t have a friend in the south of France it’s highly likely that your life will never change. You’ll realise that you’ve wasted your youth. Baffling Bubbles top tip: Wear sun cream and you’ll meet a hot encounter.

Lonely Hearts Club

“What is love? Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me no more”

Don’t leave him feeling blue (da ba dee). My good friend Mr L has a good eye for typefaces and an encyclopaedic knowledge of James Bond. Mr L is looking for a feisty little snowboarding raver to join him on the ski slopes of love. If you would like to meet Mr L for a cider, drop us an email – media@, or drop by the media room at the Ventnor Exchange and I’ll hook you up. Because I’m good to you like that.

by Hollie Hayes

What are you doing with Dizreali? I think we’ve got just an hour long show together so I imagine I’ll do half an hour and he’ll do half an hour.

Scorpio Horoscope: You have come into some

Mr Hadaway was honest and direct in this lyric, wearing his heart on his proverbial shell suited sleeve. A sleeve that probably had a glow stick bracelet around it. Gosh, I miss the 90’s. Anyway! Today’s hard core house loving singleton is Mr L and he’s no Mister Vain. He has the key, if you have the secret?

The Fictitious Weather Forecast:


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My sweet darlings, remember, only love can set you free. Photo by Tobias Penner That’s amazing! Where do you get your inspiration from? I get my inspiration from, I don’t know, it’s a hard question. I think just from feelings, I feel. Music plays a massive part in it, I always write to music so I doubt any of the poems that I’ve got at the moment would exist if it weren’t for the songs I was listening to when I wrote them. So music is definitely completely vital to, well my whole life, but definitely to the writing process. And then just the kind of feelings and thoughts that I have dayto-day, the conversations that I have with people. This feels like a really nice way of letting that out into the world and kind of delving into it further, it feels like it’s partly to do with documenting things that I have learnt and it’s partly learning more through the process of writing. Can you improvise a short poem about Ventnor quickly? It doesn’t have to be long! Haha! I’m not sure if I can you know, I take months to write my poems. Every one takes five or six weeks. Um…

Ventnor is a beautiful place to be, I love my walk to work Along past the glittering blue sea, To the caravan, It’s nice to be me. Catch Toby Thompson at the Parkside venue Friday and Saturday, 2, 2:30 & 6pm.

Yours, Miss Reid


Let Your Emotions Flow For the last 5 years I have been involved in several monogamous relationships with inflatable animals. My family and friends are unsuspecting to my secret but I think I’m ready to reveal my most recent relationship, an alluring 6ft lobster lilo. What advice can you give, Miss H? I have a number of questions for you, but now really isn’t the time. You’re definitely reaching a state of boiling point in your life; on the one claw your dark secret could cause a serious break in your family relations, on the other claw love is illusive in this tinderorientated age. Now is the time to be shellfish, don’t flounder on temperamental homaridaes. If your family can’t accept you for the freak you truly are then they’re not worth your time, let alone your national holidays. However, be shore of yourself before you admit to any normalities. Consider the repercussions, take the time to coast out your options and avoid peer pressure from your surrounding inflatables. I hope only the best for you in your endeavours.

It’s Wight Nice by Matt Hitt If you’re in the mood for some deliciously wicked gourmet street food, head down to The Observatory and search out Wight Nice Food. Keep an eye out for their bright blue vintage horsebox (named ‘Faith’ by the way) where you will find Matthew and Nina selling their wares. Today’s selection was a variety of burgers and freshly ground, Island roasted coffee. The service was great, friendly and fast. I had a chat with Matthew while waiting for my burger to brown to perfection and found out they’re a relatively new enterprise, starting up earlier this year. They’ve already found their feet and you can now find them at various public events. They’re also available for private hire too- Find them on twitter or on their website ( for more information. I opted for the bacon cheeseburger, with extra fried onions and I was certainly not disappointed. Cooked to order, there was no hint that this was one of those burger van offerings that had been sat on the hot plate for a few hours. It was fresh and wonderful. I highly recommend heading down the hill and grabbing a something to eat – it’ll give you that extra boost of energy you need to keep the party going over the weekend.

Tensheds by Laura Clare Reid “He’s Exceptional” MOJO “A refreshing whiff of anarchy” Classic Rock “Great depth & wit” UNCUT “This guy is just super mega cool.” Laura Clare Reid Tensheds is a northern, punk, piano playing maestro. He wears steam punk. He looks a bit deranged. This pleases me. I’m in. Need more convincing? Think; The White Stripes meets Tom Waits via Nick Cave or Mike Scott sharing the same stage as Jerry Lee Lewis. He accurately calls his style 21st Century Blues. Want more? Okay. Tensheds has been awarded the Discretional Rock Award. Do you know who presented it to him? Rick. Bloody. Wakeman. And you know what else? Tensheds has supported the likes of John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Manfred Mann, Paul Kelly, Roger Chapman, Paul Young and James Burton. Hazel O’Connor is so taken with Mr Sheds that she’s asked him to support her on tour four times and counting. But let’s talk about the music, shall we? Tensheds piano playing combines his classical training (Royal Scottish Academy of Music, darling) with an effortless, sexy blues technique. His voice is both rough, sweet, soaring and intimate. And, as a pianist and singer I’m not jealous. At all. Tensheds will be performing a two set type gig at Parkside at 6.45pm today. The first half will be acoustic, then he will be joined by drummer Ed for a proper rocking second half. He is a multi-award winning musician. Rick Bloody Wakeman gave him one for goodness sake! So why are you still reading this article? Drop this paper immediately and purchase a ticket to Tensheds Live in the Park!

P.s. What happens if they deflate?

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Ventnor Fringe Review 2016 - Issue 19  

Saturday 13th August 2016

Ventnor Fringe Review 2016 - Issue 19  

Saturday 13th August 2016