Geneveive Carver comes to York next month

Geneveive Carver

The Fulford Arms, York
11th April 2019
£6 advance (from Fulford Arms’ website)
£7 on the door

Genevieve Carver is a Sheffield-based poet, originally from York. She is rapidly forging a reputation as a ‘leading star of the Northern spoken word scene’ (Now Then magazine).

Since 2016 she has been working with her band The Unsung. Their first show, The Unsung, toured nationally to venues including London’s Roundhouse, won the spoken word award at Buxton Fringe in 2017, and completed a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

Say Owt are York’s leading performance poetry organisation. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, they are bringing her latest show to York.

With her latest show called A Beautiful Way To Be Crazy, Geneieve interviewed female and non-binary artists across the music industry, as well as digging out her old teenage diaries. The show is a tale of growing up and finding a voice. Weaving together spoken word and music, the band explore what it means to be a girl in the business of music – with a little help from Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone and Delia Derbyshire. Directed by Natalie Quatermass, who has previously worked for York Theatre Royal and York Shakespeare Project.

With support from local York band Saint Mike and their acoustic anthems with top class spoken word and harmonies. Featuring Say Owt Associate Artist Stu Freestone with Alex Willmott and Chris Andrade, Saint Mike have already been picked up by BBC Introducing and are quickly building a committed fan base thanks to their belting choruses.

Hannah Davies will also be performing a series of poems, underscored by some of York’s fabulously talented musicians. Hannah is a writer and play-wright, and by working with cello and guitar has added a spell-binding quality to her poetry.

Henry Raby, Say Owt’s Artistic Director, says: “We’re really excited by poets that are working with other genres and mediums. Fusing music with poetry is an exciting and unique skill and Gevenieve’s show is not to be missed if you are a fan or either, or both!”