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Open Mic Event


Those 'Bard from the Baum' meet for a folk'n'poetry night upstairs at The Baum, Toad Lane, off Hunters Lane, Rochdale, OL 12 0NU, on the second Sunday in the month, 7.30 to 9.30. Now hosted by Robin Parker and Eileen Earnshaw. It is totally free, though some patronage of the bar (alcoholic or soft and hot drinks) is appreciated by the landlord. All are welcome to either read, play, sing or simply make up the audience. Your own or others' works both acceptable. Short walk from bus or metro, free parking in Hunters Lane.

Time: 7:30pm

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The Baum

Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL12 ONU, GB

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Monthly Event (Usually held every 2nd Sunday of each month)

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Reviews for Bards of the Baum Folk 'n' Poetry Night

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joe kozarzewski

Sun 13th Apr 2014 22:42

Lots of warm tributes to Lorraine Charlesworth, deceased, at the Baum tonight. It would be a good gesture in honour of her memory, to feature some of her poems with her image!?!

Review is about Bards of the Baum Folk 'n' Poetry Night on 13 Apr 2014 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 18th Jan 2013 14:25

Another fabulous Open Mic night was held at The Baum, Toad Lane,Rochdale on Sunday 13 January. This was our second anniversary of this free event and, once again it contained anarchic stuff to bring the laughs and serious stuff to bring you almost to tears.

In fact the most poignant part of the evening was when Joe, ‘The Rochdale Ranter’, dropped his usual persona and produced a beautiful poetic tribute to the late poet and artist Danny Milne, who has sadly succumbed to cancer after a long illness.

Thirty people attended, of whom twenty six read, and from a 7.30 start, including a half time break, we were finished by 10.00, in time for a pint or two before Last Orders.

Hard to say why this is always such a good night. It could be the excellent front of house work by Just Poets, but then I would say that, wouldn’t I? There is no doubt that Norm and I do bat off each other well, but also bat off the other poets. It is a cracking atmosphere and there is a regular core of people. There is no cliquishness, as newcomers are always welcome and seem to feel at home, but there is also, and probably most important, no competitive element as everyone appreciates each other’s work.

No pressure is exerted on anyone to read, if you just want to be audience for a week then that’s fine. On the other hand, the atmosphere is such that regulars like Catherine, who has Down’s Syndrome and a speech impediment, feels happy to participate and this week Adam, a new reader who has autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, felt able to stand and read twice.

Don’t just take our word for it; it is on the second Sunday of each month and your only outlay will be to patronise the bar. So please come and be made welcome.

Robin Parker
Just Poets

Review is about Bards of the Baum Folk 'n' Poetry Night on 13 Jan 2013 (event)

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Katie Haigh

Fri 30th Mar 2012 23:21

Hi all, just to let you know Another folk n' poetry night will be on the 15th April instead of the 8th of April to avoid a clash with Easter Sunday. Hope to see you all there. Katie

Review is about Bards of the Baum Folk 'n' Poetry Night on 11 Mar 2012 (event)

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