The 2014 Kootenay Storytelling Festival presents
Pauline Lamb and Magpie Ulysses
with James Lamb
with the Nelson premiere of
Past Presence; Pleiotropy and the impossible cycle of being
Friday, September 19, 2014 – 8 PM
The Old Church Hall, 602 Victoria St, Nelson, BC
Tickets: $15 at the door
Pauline Lamb is well-known musically throughout the Kootenays as everything from a well-kept secret, to a hoodlum, to the queen of Ymir. She has performed her own work solo and in many bands: jam bands, funk, soul, blues, rock, roots, folk. She says she has “found profound solace in the writing of songs. They have saved me, soothed me, haunted me, woken me in the middle of the night, kept me out of trouble and got me in trouble; they have an energy and drive of their own.”
Magpie Ulysses is a dynamic performance poet and storyteller known for charming and slaying her audiences with her intense stage presence and thoughtful insight about humanity. She has performed at hundreds of venues across North America, is a veteran of the Vancouver poetry slam, and was recently named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian festival Of Spoken Word In the Fall of 2012.
Exploring themes of space, fear, faith, place, and the act of storytelling, “Past Presence; Pleiotropy & the impossible cycle of being” is a collection of prose poems telling the stories of strangers and self from Magpie’s experiences of hitchhiking over 25,000km across North America in her late teens and early twenties. The performance crosses the boundaries between spoken word, performance poetry, and theatre with a reflective yet explosive eclectic electric soundtrack composed by award-winning musician James Lamb. Respected and loved by musicians in Nelson and across the country for his dynamic guitar work, tenor voice and well crafted songs, James’ commanding stage presence has been known to plunge even the noisiest bar goers into mesmerized silence.
“…the most captivating and original spoken word performance I have seen in years. Years of hitchhiking, memories and life lessons are distilled in a series of stories that are simultaneously life-affirming, terrifying and simply brilliant. Go see this show. For the sake of all things poetry, go see this show.“- Charles Hamilton, founder Tonight it’s Poetry – Saskatoon