MaDCaff was a Great Get Together at Victoria Hall, Lampeter

On Saturday 17th June, MaDCaff was, as usual, a delightful mix of cake, poetry and song, but with a slightly more sombre feel as we paid tribute to murdered MP, Jo Cox, and our very own regular MaDCaffer, Steve Acworth, who sadly died suddenly last month.

The audience were invited to add their mark on a commemorative banner which was bought to the event by Dinah Mullholland, Ceredigion Labour candidate, mother and active member of the community. We were lucky enough to have a photograph of the banner being decorated, and a short review published in the Cambrian News the following week.

Live performances kicked off with Cameron Watson who played us some of his self-penned, and beautifully heartfelt songs, along with a cheerful little ditty.

He was followed by Mike ‘Rainbow’ Farah who sang three of his own songs along the theme of peace and freedom.

Jennifer, one of our regular lovely kitchen volunteers then entertained us with some ‘parlou’ poetry.

Martin Bramidge made the hat trick third male singer-songwriter to perform his own work; an instrumental, a spoken word song and a song, essentially beautiful love songs.

I went on next, singing two original songs, and a Suzanne Vega cover with the help of Marc Gordon on guitar and Martin on cajon.

We then had a break for people to sign the banner, get a drink and some cake, a sumptuous selection kindly donated by The Lampeter Bakehouse at Watson & Pratt’s in Lampeter.

The second half of the event featured Marc Gordon, who began by reading us a song written by Steve Acworth. He also sang us a new song of his and wowed everyone with his usual virtuoso guitar playing.

Here’s Steve performing his own song along with his Giraffe (called Eiffel)

Karen Gemma Brewer, our compere, then read from her new poetry book, a poignant yet humourous poem, Depression. She also read us a couple more.

We next heard some funky classics from Avril Yospa, and a few folk tunes from ‘the band’, who we think are called the Pig String Band.

Our penultimate performer was poet, Dr Vole with her ‘found’ headline poetry, an angry poem in response to burning of Grenfell Tower,with its flammable cladding and no sprinklers, just to appease the eyes of the richer residents of the area. Another poem references the universe, cosmos and resilience and getting together. You can’t see Dr Vole but you can hear the poem on the Facebook Live video stream.

Rather than picture of Dr Vole we are sharing the first poem.

Phil gave the closing performance, talking about how he had been affected by the death of Jo Cox. It was a very apt performance to wrap up the event.

All in all June’s MaDCaff at Victoria Hall, Lampeter was a complete success! We were only mildly disappointed that not many more people could make it, but we also realise that there were many other local events celebrating Jo Cox’s life that day.


Keep scrolling down to see the live video feeds from the event.

Join us again next time as we do MaDCaff Small World Style

Video Feed Part 1

Video Feed Part 2

Running order (times are approximate)

  1. Cameron 00:00
  2. Jennifer 13:00
  3. Rainbow Mike: 15:30
  4. Martin: 33:00
  5. Miranda: 48:00

Running order (times are approximate)

(Skip the first few minutes of this as I was changing the battery in the sound equipment)

  1. Pig String Band: 03:30
  2. Avril: 13:30
  3. Karen: 26:00
  4. Marc: 38:00
  5. Dr Vole: 50:00
  6. Phil: 58:00
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