Burns night: not just a poem…also a song

My boozy poem is now a song, appearing on a stage in Sydney. Now that calls for a drink.

A couple of years ago Lords of the Drinks ran a poetry competition. Given that I like a poem, and that my specialist subject is drinking too much, I thought I’d enter.

The poem was penned on Burns night. Here it is

A few months ago, I got an email from the other side of the world. Andrew Beban from Off the Avenue Productions was involved in writing the music for a production called “A Man Walks Into a Bar”.

Could he, he asked, use my poem and turn it into a song to be featured in the production?

He wrote the music. He sang the song. He sent me the link. Here it is.

It’s made my year.

The production itself takes place in Sydney Australia ,21 April to 7 May 2016,
at the Blood Moon Theatre.

Given I live in Southampton, England, I probably won’t get to see the production. Still, I can now say I am a lyricist so I’m all good with that.

If you do live in the vicinity of the Blood Moon Theatre go and support some local thespians and check out the play. You can book here.

Let me know what you think.

For me, to have something I wrote to be associated with a play, a play on the other side of the world, a play on the other side of the world with lots of songs about drinking – it’s already a winner!


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