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Ian Whiteley

Email: whiteley.ian@btinternet.com
Web: http://www.thecrowsofalbion.com/
Updated: Tue, 22 May 2018 04:06 pm
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Born in Wakefield, now living in Wigan. First collection published in 2013 'A Step Towards Winter', with a second collection published in 2016 'Cycle Of The Scarecrow'. Performance poet who enjoys writing about anything and everything - usually with a dark twist. Member of the Black Horse Poets in Wakefield - awarded the title of 'Black Horse Poet Of The Year' in 2015 Performs & Records poetry/music under the name THE CROWS OF ALBION Recently formed BARD COMPANY - a Performance Poetry Group with fellow poets & WOL contributors Jefferama, Gordon Zola and Tony Kinsella + Spin off poetry/music/political duo BARD 2 THE BONE with Jeffarama. Regular attendee at the marvellous Write Out Loud open mic sessions at the Old Courts in Wigan GIGS: SAT JUN 02 BARD2 THE BONE Socialist Club, BOLTON (7.30pm) SAT JUN 16 BARD COMPANY People’s Chartist Festival, Flag Market, PRESTON (All Day Event) SAT JUN 23 BARD COMPANY Armistice Launch Event, Bury Parish Church Hall, BURY (1.00pm) THU JUL 05 BARD COMPANY We Shall Overcome – Manchester Fringe Festival – Flour & Flagon, MANCHESTER (7.00pm) FRI JUL 06 BARD COMPANY We Shall Overcome – Manchester Fringe Festival – Flour & Flagon, MANCHESTER (7.00pm)​ SAT JUL 28 MUSIC SET – Bolton Diggers Warm Up – Socialist Club, BOLTON from 2.00pm) SAT SEP 08 BARD COMPANY – Wigan Diggers Festival, WIGAN (from 11.00am) TUE SEP 18 MUSIC SET – Write Out Loud, Waterside Arts Centre, SALE (7.00pm) FRI OCT 05 BARD COMPANY – We Shall Overcome – Red Shed, WAKEFIELD (7.00pm) SAT OCT 06 BARD COMPANY – Chorley Music Festival, Venue TBC, CHORLEY (7.00pm) SAT OCT 13 BARD COMPANY - Punk Weekend #9, The Peer Hat, MANCHESTER (from 3.00pm All Day Event) SAT OCT 27 BARD2 THE BONE – Jackanory, Westgate Studios, WAKEFIELD (1.00pm) SUN NOV 04 BARD2 THE BONE – Still In The War Boys – Old Courts, WIGAN (1.00pm) SUN NOV 04 BARD2 THE BONE –Still In The War Boys – Socialist Club, BOLTON (7.00pm) WED NOV 07 BARD2 THE BONE – Still In The War Boys – Wilfred Owen Festival, Cricket Club, OSWESTRY (7.00pm) FRI NOV 09 BARD2THE BONE – Still In The War Boys – Red Shed, WAKEFIELD (7.00pm) SUN NOV 11 BARD COMPANY – The War Poets – Parish Church Hall, BURY (1.00pm) TBC SUN NOV 11 BARD COMPANY – The War Poets Baptist Church Hall, BURY (7.00pm) TBC SAT DEC 08 BARD COMPANY – The Defiance Sessions – Labour Club, GLOSSOP (7.00pm) SAT APR 06 MUSIC SET- Saddleworth Literary Festival, Venue/Time TBC, SADDLEWORTH ​ MORE DATES WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY ACTIVELY SEEKING POETRY BOOKINGS - SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU'RE INTERESTED. WEBSITE - featuring poetry, music, performance, gallery and gig dates: http://www.thecrowsofalbion.com/ Bard Company website: http://whiteleyian.wixsite.com/bard-company music CD's available now: THE CROWS OF ALBION - POETIC LICENSE - 18 tracks over 70 minutes for only £8 THE CROWS OF ALBION - STILL IN THE WAR BOYS - 21 tracks over 80 minutes for only £8 - the history of World War 1 from Declaration to Armistice THE CROWS OF ALBION - HERE THERE BE DEMONS - 18 tracks over 75 minutes - for just £8 BARD COMPANY - ALL SYSTEMS GO! - 15 tracks over 45 minutes - just £6 - to hear a sample of some of the tracks, please visit my SOUNDCLOUD page here: https://soundcloud.com/the-man-at-the-back-1 DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of albums (£7 or £0.50 per track) available here: http://thecrowsofalbion.bandcamp.com/releases ALSO AVAILABLE: 60 page poetry collection (book)'A STEP TOWARDS WINTER' for £5 124 page poetry collection (book) ' CYCLE OF THE SCARECROW' for £6 CD's & Books- available at all gigs or by email contact. To view some of my performances - please visit my YOUTUBE PAGE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCytAVhsFTTdxE2LAKYV2ZoA

Samples

A STEP TOWARDS WINTER. I look into the mirror’s depthless space and note the wrinkles that, somehow have grown into something I wish I didn’t own. The knife of age has cut into my face. The greys within my hair have moved apace from where the bird of youth had lightly flown to make a nest of life that it could own. I wish it hadn’t sprinted in that race. Yet – later, standing on a wind scarred rock that jutted from the fields of pristine snow. Where rivers etched like lines upon a page. I came to see the beauty, not the shock, of time’s tattoo upon a constant flow of seasons, that lack colour in their age.

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Audio entries by Ian Whiteley

STILL IN THE WAR, BOYS! - new CD and download from THE CROWS OF ALBION (02/10/2014)

Death Of A Poet (Anthem For Doomed Youth) MUSIC VERSION (06/08/2014)

The Walkin' Man (Audio Version) (17/04/2014)

Cycle Of The Scarecrow (audio version) (22/03/2014)

Thirty Plus Years In An Open Necked Shirt (audio version) (04/01/2014)

Overdose (Of Love) (22/08/2013)

Alien Feelings (28/07/2013)

Northern Lights (54th) (27/06/2013)

The Sparkle (29/05/2013)

Drunk (Spinning Wheel Blues) (28/04/2013)

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Anya

Thu 5th Apr 2018 10:35

Hi Ian,

Thank you so much for your comment on my profile! I love your work!

Anya x

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Anya

Sat 31st Mar 2018 16:16

Hi Ian,

Just wanted to thank you, and tell you how inspiring you are!

Anya x

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Colin Hill

Sat 5th Aug 2017 08:59

you might like to catch this tonight Ian - documentary about Hedd Wyn on BBC2 at 9pm.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0916cy4

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jean lucy thompson

Tue 1st Aug 2017 09:06

Thanx Ian and well done you for all your work and accomplishments within
the poetry scene

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Harry O'Neill

Mon 21st Nov 2016 15:54

Ian,
The Everyman (down in the bar) you`d like it...plenty of young folk there....I think it`s the second Monday of the month.

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Laura Taylor

Fri 7th Oct 2016 12:15

Aye I remember that 😃

Deffo - trilogy sounds perfect! It'll come!

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Paul Point

Mon 6th Jun 2016 13:20

Hi Ian, Thanks for your poem above, some lines leapt into life there - a great read. All the best, Paul

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 10th May 2016 04:41

Hi Ian, thanks for reading commenting on Implosion explosion. Much appreciated.

Wolfgar.

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 1st May 2016 21:52

Re S#n right, correct and bloody hope so. Love in perpetuity Tommy (ahem)

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Stu Buck

Tue 19th Jan 2016 10:51

hi ian, reading it in a whole new 'light' now. very clever. a sad week indeed.

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 12th Jan 2016 05:53

Hi Ian,

Thank you for welcoming me back in my new guise.

Wolfgar.

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 27th Oct 2015 21:46

Hi Ian - thanks for the response about "We are the Dead"
on my profile page. I didn't assume it was about you...
more an "Ode to Opportunities Missed When Alive" from
my own POV.
The sweep of those is such that most of us are content/
sentenced to settle for less, relishing simpler things.
When I mentioned "response" in my opening line, it was
meant that the extent of the comprehensive content
was something of a challenge in that wider context and
might obtain comment(s) accordingly...nothing more.
By the way - I like "Bard Company" as a title. It reminds
me of "Bad Company" - a Western from some years ago
about youth falling prey to the same.
Good to note your busy future performance schedule.
Cheers

David Moore

Tue 27th Oct 2015 20:11

Hi Ian,

Thanks for getting in touch. My apologies for commenting rather too directly on your piece "We are the dead" I don't think I meant it to be directed at you the author, but reading it back it certainly seems so, and that was careless if not a little thoughtless of me. I must admit I did revisit what I wrote, and thought I had been a little harsh and possibly preachy, so thanks for giving me the opportunity for redressing that. Now you have explained how you wrote it, it is completely obvious to me, and I do enjoy the poem.

Thanks for putting me straight and taking the time to do so.

PS, I do read and enjoy your work even though I have not commented regularly.

David.

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raypool

Sun 18th Oct 2015 20:00

Hi Ian, back again for further comment . The poem you wrote certainly engendered a lot of discussion. You have pointed out a very good point about singer songwriters getting paid but not a poet. This is obviously a right liberty. I am a muso but choose not to sing - as I find the average offering full of bile and remorse and self pity and all the negatives of life. Why pay to hear that? I find also a lot of poetry hard to listen to back to back in open mike because of distractions - soda siphons, etc.
If there is money to be made, yes hand it out. Personally I don't expect to make money but that's not an opinion that's a fact. Cheers for now!!

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Laura Taylor

Thu 14th May 2015 10:06

:) It's a great poem, I just read it through again.

Thanks for your note on Majority too - aye, had thought of a couple of the lines when I found out about the majority, and it bloody lashed it down all day. Then that 'blue collar' shit's all over the radio and they're banging on about job numbers being up when in reality it's just one job divvied up into 4 zero hours contract jobs. Spitting mad. Looking forward to the one that I can hear forming in your head ha :)

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Laura Taylor

Fri 13th Mar 2015 12:40

Ha - cross posting :)

Thanks for y'note on me tree pome :) I was having a bit of a go at Wordsworth's idea that we lose our 'visionary gleam' when we get older. Remember I mentioned it in The Raven that time? Anyway, fuck Wordsworth :D

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Laura Taylor

Fri 6th Mar 2015 09:22

Well, I have to say that the 'sitting on it' and the work you've put into it clearly show. It is really well crafted. More of this sort of thing! ;)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 15th Dec 2014 19:24

Masks have a hard time getting past the eyes, or the knuckles: they speak clearly. I'm trying to find an old Christmas one of my own. I know it's tucked away somewhere. Pity I can't quote it from memory; I'm just plain terrible like that.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 21st Nov 2014 12:20

Ah! you got me there Ian. I'm not as in the know about all these forms as yourself. It's a good tribute to somewhere I never knew but read a lot about.

I hope your new home does you all justice!

regards,

Graham

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Noetic-fret!

Sat 25th Oct 2014 00:35

Thank you Ian for commenting on all things green, my recent post.

My guess is you have been there yourself. Anyways, if you have not, then you have most certainly inspired me to keep writing.

Thank you

mike

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 24th Aug 2014 04:23

Good to hear you are so active with your war
poem project/recordings. You are in good
company. My brother recently gave me a double
CD by "Show of Hands" with music and poems of
"The Great War", the latter read by Jim Carter
and his wife Imelda Staunton. The Sunday Express gave it a big thumbs up!

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alan barlow

Tue 19th Aug 2014 23:15

good stuff mate appreciated my music taste is very diverse and wide ranging (dance to dvorak or dependent on the day blues to buffalo) and currently listening on soundcloud ;-)given that im not too prolific in my offerings im not on here as often as i might be but i shall continue to frequent from time to time and have a read (and a listen) keep on keeping on :-)

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 30th Jul 2014 10:10

You most definitely do 'get your meaning across' without a 'dig'. Trust yourself.

Thank you for responding, because I know I have more crust than burnt toast and it can really get me into trouble.

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Tommy Carroll

Fri 25th Jul 2014 15:59

Hiya Ian I forgot to thank you earlier for ''I leant against the wall'' cheers mate. Tommy

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 25th Jul 2014 13:17

A peaceful world is the best aim - but it seems
that ever since Cain and Abel were at odds, Man
has been following their example. The strangest thing about war is that much progress
seems to follow its horrors - a sort of awful
"leaps and bounds" scenario. Maybe it is our
fate to be aware yet be captive of our tendency
towards taking advantage or taking a position and not budging. Is this some form of cosmic
joke at Mankind's expense? I sometimes wonder.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 18th Jul 2014 17:32

Ian, I enjoyed seeing you again too. That evening I suddenly felt very weird, and decided to leave without ceremony. Walking home seemed to clear my head, so I'm not sure what happened. That first hour I was not able to hear very well, and was blaming a fuzzy microphone; but maybe not. Who knows.

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M.C. Newberry

Fri 27th Jun 2014 15:27

Hello Ian - following up on your post on my
profile page. I went to the audio link you
provided and enjoyed the tune...shades of Bob
Dyland meets Pete Seeger! However-and this is
a general complaint in today's music age:
the instrumental overwhelmed the lyric. I may
be a bit muttn'jeff these days but your words
seemed somewhere in another room, so to speak.
This is a common failing today when recordings
are done by those who are less receptive or
sympathetic to the vocal than to the instruments and tend to give the latter more
prominence than they should. This was not met
in recordings made when I was younger and
vocalists were the stars, and lyrics told a story where you could hear every word..."up
front".

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Daniel Dwyran

Fri 27th Jun 2014 14:30

Ian. Thanks for taking the time to have a rummage at my work. I am made up with your kind encouragement.

I took the opportunity to check out your link to soundcloud earlier today. Superb stuff. I'm looking forward to getting a copy of your Great War (WW1) album when you finish recording and it comes out.

I have tried, and struggle, with haiku poetry but I must take my hat off to you with Passchendaele (Autumn 1917). Difficult and emotive subject yet captured magnificently.

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Richard

Thu 12th Jun 2014 15:05

Hi m8 are you going to Cadence Friday night

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Laura Taylor

Thu 22nd May 2014 16:36

Hola! Cheers chuck - yeh, it is a bit innit, like Fire in that momentum thingydoodah :D

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