Neu! Reekie!'s February Fling @ Leith St Andrew's Church, Edinburgh [23 February]

Neu! Reekie!'s February Fling

19:30 - 23:00

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Leith St Andrew's Church
410-412 Easter Road, EH6 8HT Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Neu! Reekie! take tae a favourite venue for the fourth time only. Poetry, Music, Film, Animation, Performance & realms beyond.

STARRING: Denise Johnson (of Primal Scream & A Certain Ratio fame) *** Daljit Nagra *** Rituals *** Rob A. Mackenzie *** The Highflyers (Bonlam Machiha & Bonlat Machiha) *** Animation showcase & MARE.


***DENISE JOHNSON (& Band)***
(from The Guardian): ‘A new voice in Manchester in the late 1980s, Denise Johnson quickly became recognisable across many indie and dance tracks. This came after a brief but impressive apprenticeship: asked to sing lead for a group supporting US funk band Maze, she played Wembley only weeks after starting out. She sings gloriously on Primal Scream’s Don’t Fight It Feel It from their 1991 classic Screamadelica, and on several tracks from their 1994 follow-up, Give Up But Don’t Give Out. Also a regular performer with Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner’s Electronic, she still tours today with Manchester post-punk legends A Certain Ratio’. This show arrives as Denise releases her debut single: ‘I’m Not in Love’ – ‘an acoustic, vocal heartfelt version of a classic.’.

(From Faber) ‘was born and raised in West London, then Sheffield. He currently lives in Harrow with his wife and daughters. In 2004 his poem 'Look We Have Coming to Dover!' won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and his first collection of the same name won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and won the 2008 South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! (2011) and the Ramayana (2013) were both shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He teaches at Brunel University London and is currently Poet in Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra’.

***RITU▲LS ***
(From Music Glue): ‘Chasing the night up and down the gothic alleyways and around the stately squares of Edinburgh, four-man 'RITU▲LS' find their musical heart beating to a disconcerting pattern that isn’t altogether unfamiliar. Formed from the most talented offcuts of defunct bands earlier in 2016, the only chapter in RITU▲LS' short story begins with an almost immediate meeting The Corals James Skelly after travelling to perform in Liverpool. Rushed into Parr Street Studios to work with Skelly and co-producer, Richard Turvey (The Coral, She Drew The Gun), their conspicuously theatrical sound is preserved in their first release, with more set to follow. In their previous incarnations RITU▲LS have been invited to tour with Paul Weller and Temples and have had tracks produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and Richard Hawley.’ Their recent track ‘Redeemer’ received some solid BBC Radio1 and 6Music airplay.

The band consists of: Ryan Sandison — Piano/Lead Vocals; Craig Somerville – Drums; Craig McMullen – Guitar; Lee Brown — Bass

Rob A. Mackenzie was born in Glasgow. He studied law and then switched to theology. He spent a year in Seoul, eight years in Lanarkshire, five years in Turin, and now lives in Leith. He is reviews editor of Magma poetry magazine and co-runs the live Edinburgh poetry night 'Vespers'. His pamphlet, The Clown of Natural Sorrow, was published by HappenStance Press in 2005, followed by a collection, The Opposite of Cabbage (Salt, 2009). A pamphlet, Fleck and the Bank, was published in 2012 and a second full collection, The Good News, in 2013, both by Salt.

(Bonlam Machiha & Bonlat Machiha)

Bonlam Machiha is a child and human rights advocate carrying out poetry writing, publishing, and performances under ACPDT. His pen name is Highflyer 1. Bonlam has been published in over 15 books that address different issues affecting and concerning young people. These include What about us?; Singing to the Lions; Let the smallest speak from the tallest peak; Togetherness and Beyond the yonder — among others. He has also been involved in the constitution-making process, where he successfully lobbied for the inclusion of children and youth's views through the “What About Us” campaign. He is a former Junior Minister of Home Affairs and Junior Member of Parliament for Pumula Luveve constituency. Currently, he is a part time TV presenter for a local show called Young Gifted and Talented for young people and also a Programme Manager at Zimbabwe Down Syndrome Association. He is a qualified English and Art teacher for secondary schools and enjoys facilitating for youth and young people as a youth researcher, poet, and facilitator for ACPDT.

Bonlat Machiha has been a poet and young facilitator for ACPDT for 8 years, since he was 15 years old. His pen name is Highflyer 2. He has advocated through community publishing over the years, in over 15 publications. These include: What about Us (which was a success in advocating for the inclusion of children's voices in the new constitution); Beyond the Yonder (which was a massive opportunity for young people and the youth to air out their views unhindered, unguided — a true example of free expression); and Connecting and Protecting, Unlocking Boyhood and Manhood, among others. In 2016, he facilitated an Education for Values Programme in 8 Jesuit High Schools. He served as the Child Governor and Resident Minister for Bulawayo in the Zimbabwe Junior Parliament. He is currently a part time television presenter at a local show for young people and the Programmes Manager at Zimbabwe Down Syndrome Association. He is also a youth facilitator who works with young people between the ages of 18 – 24 years as well as children between the ages of 8 to 17 years. He loves poetry and community publishing as well as according young people the opportunity to lead as well as exercise their right to free expression, access to information, and participation which are the basis of their other rights.


'Scotland's favourite avant-garde noisemakers..Neu! Reekie! dismantle the structures and snobberies dividing high and low art — art is for everyone' (The Skinny)

‘A wonderful world of cross-cultural verve' (The List)

‘A triumph' (Sunday Times)

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