Monday, 30 April 2012

The Dial Up this Bank Holiday Weekend



Hi All! We've got a packed Bank Holiday coming up! On Saturday 5th I'll be on the Vibe 107.6, Watford's local community radio station, promoting the Dial Up, so please do tune into Josh Chelm's Saturday Breakfast Show at 9am to hear all the goss! I'll be joined by Dial Up member John Gompers, who'll be talking about his past and future performances with the Rickmansworth Chartists.


Then on Sunday 6th we have our Watford Dial Up! Join us at  5pm in the Watford Palace Theatre's Green Room Bar for our usual evening of music, poetry, and open mic merriment! This month's theme is Movies and Musicals, with special guests Tina Ogorman, Kevin O'Brien and Karen Kennedy.


Then on Sunday 7th come and join us at the Watford Colosseum for the Watford Celebration, a whole host of local dance, music and cultural events celebrating Watford's Harmony in Diversity! The Dial Up are playing on the main stage at 4pm, but we'll also have a stall all day (11am to 5pm) so do come and say hi!






I'll also be reading my book Wendy the Whale in the Children's Section at 2pm. I hope to see you there, or at some point over the weekend! Till then, much love! Alex xx

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Dial Up gets a Write Up!

Check out the link to our interview with My Watford News, page 42! Hope to see you all on Friday at the Seven Dials Club Covent Garden for our Movie and Musical Special! Much love, Alex :-) 
http://www.mynewsmag.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61&Itemid=79 

Tuesday, 3 April 2012


A small selection of videos from our Easter themed Watford Dial Up! Many thanks to Dan Cozens for filming, and to all our wonderful Dial Up family for their performances and support! Many more videos on youtube, just type The Dial Up Open Mic into the search box! Much love, Alex xx
Matthew Wakefield with a beautiful piano medley
Phil Walton with a wonderful guitar and voice performance

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Photos from our Motown, Funk and Soul Dial Up! xx

 Thanks so much to everyone who came to support our March Dial Up! We were celebrating the incredible contributions made by our Music Man, Dial Up pianist Jon Medcalf! Fittingly we had a record breaking crowd! If you missed it, you missed a treat! Photos below, and I hope you can join us at our Movie and Musical Special at the Seven Dials Club, 8pm on Friday April 20th! Much love, Alex xx
 Newest recruit to the Dial Up family Aloice will be making his first half debut on April 20th!
 Dial Up regular Raymond shared his self penned anti-smoking song
 Donna brought the house down with an amazing and energetic version of I Will Survive
 First time at the Dial Up for Thomas, a brilliant, laconic version of Black Coffee
 Peter Flynn shares another chapter from his short story collect Hemingway's Chihuahua
 Kenisha made a startling Dial Up debut, we look forward to hearing more!
 Helen Green shared a fascinating story and song of the Weavers
 Liza Keast got Jon Medcalf working again with another fabulous song choice
 Our resident poet, Jim Connor, shared an Irish folksong for Saint Patrick's Day
 Leader of the Voices on the Hill Community Choir, Rachel Bennet
 Rachel shared a brilliant and original song entitled Angel
 Voices on the Hill pianist, Cole, shared another musical talent
 Voices on the Hill choir member Jo stepped forward to sing Down to Zero
 In a tribute to Rachel, fellow choir member David sang a self-penned song with Cole on piano
 Man of the moment! Our wonderful pianist Jon Medcalf- we love you!
 Me presenting Jon with his card and gifts
 Yes, I made the card! I'm a danger with glitter and a tube of Pritt Stick lol!
 Bandana Gill, Tracy Holtham, Laci on piano and Roman Marie on drums help me bid a fond farewell to Jon singing the uptempo number I wrote especially for him: The Music Man

 The Voices on the Hill Community Choir
 The Dial Up's first ever choir! 
 Singing Drift Away, Yesteryou, Yesterme, Yesterday and Love Train, they were spot on theme



 I can't wait to welcome you guys back!
 Jon and I perform Mac the Knife- ah, happy memories! :-)
Caspian Wong will be performing in the first half in our April Dial Up, so do come and join us as we celebrate Movies and Musicals at 8pm on Friday 20th! I can't wait! As always, our deepest thanks to Prashant Meswani for his photography. Hope to see you all in April and much love till then! Alex xx