The Flint & Pitch Revue is a delicious mash-up of spoken word and music featuring a line-up of top Scotland-based artists alongside acts and guest comperes from across the UK. For this Revue, Flint & Pitch has teamed up with the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival to showcase 5 excellent acts exploring the festival's themes. They are: Jo Mango! Finn LeMarinel! Chitra Ramaswamy! Hannah Lavery! And, with a special 20 minute excerpt of his acclaimed show 'Drone', the award-winning poet and performer, Harry Giles!
More on the acts below:
Jo Mango is a singer/songwriter based in Glasgow. Playing kalimba, harmonium, omnichord, bowed glock and piano singing whispery, Mango writes twilight songs about nature and philosophy and people. Described by The Times as ‘immensely charming’, Mango has drawn comparisons with artists such as Bjork.
Her music can be found at: https://jomango.bandcamp.com/
DRONE by HARRY GILES (excerpt)
Harry Giles is a poet and performer from Orkney who is based in Edinburgh. Harry’s latest publication is the collection Tonguit from Freight Books was shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and he has twice been shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Award. His solo show ‘Drone’ is a spoken word and sound art performance about remote technology and anxiety which gained a four star review from the Scotsman in its original run at Summerhall 2015. Telling the fragmented story of a military drone’s lives and fears, Drone imagines her as part weapons system, part office worker, part tense background hum. Collaborating with sound artist Neil Simpson, the bleak humour and tender fury of Drone asks how anxious bodies can live as part of systems of astonishing destruction.
Chitra Ramaswamy is an award winning journalist and author. She cut her teeth at The Big Issue before moving to The Scotsman, where she became one of the newspaper’s leading columnists, book reviewers, interviewers and feature writers. Now a freelancer, Chitra writes regularly for a number of publications, including The Guardian, and her novel, ‘Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy’ published by Saraband, contains elements of narrative non-fiction, travel and nature, biology and literary analysis.
Finn is a Glasgow based musician who writes intricate songs using unique guitar techniques intertwined with, dark nuanced lyrics. His debut album, ‘Violence’ was released under SAY Award Winner RM Hubbert’s label, and was received with glowing reviews. His most recent EP, ‘Love is Waves’ was released under Electric Honey.
You can listen to Finn’s music here: https://finnlemarinelmusic.bandcamp.com/
Hannah Lavery is a writer and performer from Edinburgh, who has made her home in Dunbar. Hannah runs CoastWord Festival in Dunbar and was Scottish Book Trust Reader In Residence for East Lothian in 2015. She is also the founding member of the writing collective,The Writing Mums. Her recent pamphlet and accompanying show, The Drift, weaves a story about her personal bereavement following the death of her father, but with a universal story about family, love, loss and identity.