Britain has always been known for it’s literature, but shy of big name authors there has been a distinct lack of noise on the word front of late. The London Word Festival aims to change all that by putting together events that reflect the move towards a more eclectic scene merging music with live literature events.
This Saturday at the historic Hoxton Hall, Ed Larrikin will showcase his one-act play, Camusflage Krokodial
, described as “A white-haired nightmare, [that] ranges through eternity whilst taking pot-shots at the temporal,” and follow it with an acoustic set as his project, The Pan I Am. Larrikin arrived on the music scene in 2005 as the frontman for Larrikin Love, which were part of the musical movement nicknamed “Thamesbeat” before splitting shortly after the release of their popular debut, The Freedom Spark,
in ’07. The Pan I Am’s first album, Desert Land
, features Fife Dangerfield (the Guillemots) and Drew McConnell (Babyshambles), and combines folk-styled violins with crunching guitars that evoke Bob Dylan, the Pogues, and the Dirty Three. Patrick Wolf is a fan, but tons more will undoubtedly turn out considering that The Pan I Am hasn’t played live since its one and only show almost a year ago.
The London Word Festival runs through March 23rd in various East London venues, featuring performers from the notorious to the sublime. Check it out.
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