Brixton-based spoken-word artist Catherine Martindale introduces her band, Poeticat, and their new event at The Windmill. And reassures us that it’s ok to be weird.
Hello Brixton! I’m Catherine Martindale and I’m the poet in Brixton-based band Poeticat. Poeticat is made up of vocalist Ziggi Jadovski, guitarist Baj, cajon player Victor Meadowcroft, bassist Goat and me. Our music has reggae, rock, and world music influences. Ziggi’s scat vocals support my poetry, which ranges from thoughts on capitalism and growing up on a council estate to imagining I’m a male sailor.
This year our focus has been on running bi-monthly events at The Windmill, Brixton. You can see us perform here next on Saturday 27th April, at an event we’re calling ‘A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall…Let’s Dance In It’. You can see the event details and full line-up on our website.
We’re excited to have Any O’Neill joining us with their full line-up. I enjoy their music because they use a fiddle which results in everyone beginning to awkwardly jig without noticing until suddenly they’re arm in arm swinging each other round. We also have artist Elisavet Kalpaxi who is transforming The Windmill’s garden shed into a human brain with hair and big ears. Using invisible UV paint made from washing powder, you’ll be able to write on the shed walls and tables.
Our Windmill events aim to build a community of like-minded people, who want interesting music and art which reflects Brixton. It won’t be the hippest event in Brixton on Saturday, but that’s kind of the point. We want to create a space which feels inclusive, so you can be however you are, dance however you like and wear whatever you like.
Poeticat is about encouraging people to celebrate themselves, and not conform to an idea of who they think they should be. We are all weird and that’s a good thing. I’ve never met anyone who is ‘normal’.
The title of this event is a play on a Bob Dylan lyric, which I think is fitting because of the current political climate. It’s a hard time to live in the UK and a particularly hard time for people to achieve their dreams. Equally, this creates openings for risks to be taken, hence my suggestion: ‘Let’s Dance In It’.
Times are hard but that doesn’t mean we should give up. We should use our frustrationsto make the world more how we want it. Dancing in the rain is actually quite fun so if it rains on the Saturday I think we should all go outside The Windmill and continue to have a boogie in the street.
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