Open Tales (open mic) at The Junction, Bristol
Last night I headed up to Stokes Croft in Bristol to a quirky little venue called the Junction. Still open for business through it's ongoing renovation the ex-metal bar is now under the same ownership as city centre trendy-magnet, Mr Wolfs. It's obvious the building is still in the early stages of a facelift but so far the new ownerships have brought with them box fresh air-conditioning, replacement plaster-boarding, tabletop candles, ambient down-lighting and I think the bar and furniture are new too. Work is happening daily and with plans for a pizzeria upstairs I have a feeling this will soon be a key venue for this part of Bristol. I can imagine the footfall that Invisible Circus pull down this end of the graffiti clad area of the city will do well for them too.
So on to the live performance aspect of the night. The Northern Irish folke act who host the event are Annie and Jimmy, a young duo with captivating sincerity and talent. The name of the event is open tales and every performer is made equipped with a Wolf's tale before taking to the stage. The night drew an excellent crowd of attentive listeners just perfect for a relaxed Monday evening. The acts alternated between folke music and contemporary poetry all evening with a bit of acoustic rockpop thrown in. I really enjoyed my evening and it was a pleasure to perform there. I will definitely be heading that way again on a Monday night in the future.