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14-21 April – Southend Fringe Festival 2011

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Southend Fringe Festival runs from April 14th – 21st 2011. Tonight it’s Tom Conway with support from Phillious Williams and Darren Jones at the Railway Hotel.

Fri 15 April – 7.30pm, £4 Live music.

“I write songs about: People, their emotions, attitudes and episodes in their lives. I do not write songs about: My soul in torment. Over the last ten years I have recorded 3 CDs, played gigs with the likes of Clive Gregson, Jez Lowe, Jeffrey Lewis, Thomas Truax, Hank Wangford, The Arlenes, Kirsty McGee and Pete Morton, all over the South and South-East (and beyond). Probably my most treasured memento of any of them is the Certificate of Marriage and Divorce I was presented with by Hank Wangford.” – Tom Conway
“…..Richard Thompson with the lyrical sensibilities of Loudon Wainwright. “In Your Own Words” and “The One That Got Away” are classics of their genre, akin to Thompson’s “Beeswing” ” Rock’N’Reel/R2, Sept/Oct 2009.

Sat April 16, TAP Gallery, 4pm and 8pm, £4
Theatre. Outloud productions presents a comedy inspired by William Bayle Bernard’s play of 1833.
When Rachel discovers there’s more to her father’s death than meets the eye, she journeys to Egypt in search of answers. Armed with the Ancient Book of The Dead and the help of her father’s partner, no harm can come to her… or can it? A shocking discovery awaits her in the Valley of the Kings.
Tickets can be purchased on the door, by telephone: 07946 357521 or via email: info AT outloudproductions.co.uk. More information.

Sun April 17, Railway Hotel, 3pm-6.30pm, FREE ENTRY
Family friendly gig afternoon. Also in the small room there will be a swapshop – bring your old clothes, books and CDs (or dare I say it vinyl), hand them in at the desk for tickets and then cash in your tickets for someone else’s cast offs! Discover a whole new look/author/sound for free! Live music from 3pm.
Bands confirmed:

Kerry (from Carterhaugh doing a solo performance)
Eva’s Dream
Percy Furkettle Trip

Music from 3pm – 6.30pm. More information

Mon April 18
For 24 hours we invite you all to look around your local area and find ways to make the mundane and the ugly more exciting, beautiful and life enhancing. Obviously we ask that you don’t do any damage, break any laws or tamper with anyone else’s private property, but that still leaves the gate wide open for creativity. We ask that everyone photographs their efforts and emails the pictures to us at southendfringeATgooglemailDOTcom, wherein we will be making an online gallery and possibly displaying hard copies of the photos at a future event. All submissions will be handled in strictest confidence and no real artists names will be revealed, so make sure you include a pseudonym if you would still like credit! Get thinking and planning now, and we’ll meet you on the street.

Mon April 18, Railway Hotel, 7:45pm – 11:00pm
As part of the Fringe Festival, we are offering dance classes for absolute beginners in Jitterbug, Lindy Hop and Jive. No partner, special clothing or experience necessary, just turn up. Full details on jiveswing.com or call +44 (0)7946 396777.

Weds April 20, Railway Hotel, 7.30pm, entry by donation

DIY or DIE: How To Survive As An Independent Artist (2002) Documentary directed by Michael W. Dean exploring the Do It Yourself ethic through interviews with American artists, musicians and performers including Lydia Lunch, Jim Rose, J Mascis, Gwar, Ian MacKaye, Ron Asheton and many more. (55 mins, contains some nudity/swearing)

Thurs April 21, Railway Hotel, Doors open 8pm, £5
Featuring: Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer, Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel and Liberez.
Kommisar Hjuler and Mama Baer bring an eclectic mix of performance art and sound poetry to Southend on Sea, Kommissar Hjuler and Mama Baer are husband and wife German polymath artists who express themselves in an array of often weird and absurd styles; in the past they have explored adventures in the family home in bizarre and Dadaist ways or performed old hits stretching the song to the limits of its endurance. For this tour they are joined by the Italian duo Ninni Morgia and Silvia Kastel who explore a cross pollination of free-jazz, noise and psych on guitar, vocals and synth. Also in support are Southend’s Liberez, an on running collaboration between John Hannon and Peter Wilkins who will be bringing their own brand of dark and foreboding music to the proceedings.