Saturday, 14 May 2022

Summer with The Dial Up!


What an amazing night last night at our Friday 13th 'Unlucky for Some' Dial Up at The Kitchen Croxley! Thank you to everyone who came, including a fresh faced Simon Lordan, doesn't he look smashing on his CD! It was especially nice to have lots of new faces join us, hope to see you again next month. Jim and I had the honour of winning Brian's Dial Up Cup for correctly solving his puzzle poem; as you can see Jim was far happier to share the trophy than I was!

As the summer bounces towards us, I'm delighted to say The Dial Up and Tiger Jazz both have a host of events coming up! Please do check the Future Events tab for details, but here's a quick round up:

Tiger Jazz will perform as part of Watford Jazz Junction's Steps Around Oxhey Village, 1 - 2pm at the Villiers Arms Pub. It's a FREE EVENT so turn up, grab yourself a pint and a packet of crisps, sit yourself down and enjoy!

From June The Dial Up is now twice monthly, once at the gorgeous Kitchen Croxley, 7.30pm on the second Friday of the month (June 10th) and once at the luscious Garden Rooms on Watford's Market Street on the last Saturday of the month (June 25th). The Dial Up is all about celebrating community and creativity in all its forms so come along enjoy as audience or performer! Tickets: £5 donation.

Tiger Jazz will perform as part of the Watford Centenary and Jubilee Celebrations on Saturday June 4th. Join us from 11am on the High Street for colourful and musical parade which will end at the Cassiobury Park Bandstand at 12 noon. There I'll be co-hosting an afternoon of wonderful performances from local musicians and dancers, including 20 mins of my favourite Songbook Standards at some point around half way! Then if you've time, hang around for the big star concert, name yet to be announced but we're promised big things! This is a FREE EVENT so pack a picnic and make a day of it!

On Sunday June 12th Tiger Jazz will perform as part of the Bushey Acoustic Festival. I'll be singing from 1.25- 1.45pm at the Three Crowns Pub, and then heading across to the Mary Forsdyle Gardens to run the Poet's Corner. Again, this is a FREE EVENT but bring a fiver if you'd like to buy any of my books, which will be available.


Finally, I'll be hosting a Poetry Afternoon at Peace Garden in Cassiobury Park, 12- 2pm on Sunday 3rd July. More details to come, but I'm already crossing my fingers for sun! Wishing you all lots of love! Hope to see you soon at an event or two (or five!), Alex xx

Monday, 25 April 2022

Future Events

 


This Sunday I attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Watford's wonderful Pump House Theatre and after singing a few songs on the main stage caught top with Watford MP Dean Russell and Pump House Chairman Lee Farman. It was a brilliant day and a real joy to be part of. Here's to the next 50 years!

And if you'd like to hear me singing some of my Great American Songbook favourites, along with a generous dollop of Disney, head over to the Garden Rooms Bar and Kitchen this Thursday 28th April where I'll be swinging away from 7pm till 9.30pm. It's a free event so grab yourself a drink and a bite to eat and enjoy!

Speaking of the Garden Rooms, our April event (photo below) was a true delight and I'm thrilled to announce that from June we'll be there hosting a Watford Dial Up on the last Saturday of every month, alongside our Kitchen Croxley events on the second Friday. More details on the Future Events tab, so hopefully see you at one or both! Much love, Alex xx




Saturday, 9 April 2022

Future Events


I was delighted to meet Watford Elected Mayor Peter Taylor yesterday to discuss Watford's cultural scene and The Dial Up's contribution to our town's community and creativity. It was great to have his support for our new venture. The Dial Up has partnered with the gorgeous Garden Rooms on Market Street, Central Watford, to bring our inimitable brand of open mic back into the heart of the town.

Firstly, 3- 6pm on Saturday 23rd April we're holding a Dial Up Open Mic. Tickets are as ever a £5 donation and everyone who wants a performance spot is guaranteed one, whatever your creative interest. Then, 7- 9.30pm on Thursday 28th April I'll be taking to the stage in my jazz singer guise, sharing a couple of hours of tunes from my beloved Great American Songbook. Do come along to this FREE EVENT, get yourself a drink and a bite to eat, sit back, relax and enjoy! 

And of course The Kitchen Croxley Dial Up is still going monthly! Join us for our next event 7.30pm on Friday 13th May where the theme will be Unlucky for Some! Hope to see you there :-) xx

Saturday, 26 March 2022

The Dial Up @ The Garden Rooms, Watford

 



The Dial Up has partnered with the gorgeous Garden Rooms on Market Street, Central Watford! We've arranged two events for next month. 

Firstly, 3- 6pm on Saturday 23rd April we're holding a Dial Up Open Mic. Do come along and enjoy our inimitable celebration of community and creativity. Some of our regulars will have a sense of deja vu at this venue as they may remember it as The Fresh Shop Cafe. I have such fond memories of our time there, and can't wait to start making new ones. (I have it on good authority that the toilets are now in full working order lol!) Tickets are as ever a £5 donation and everyone who wants a performance spot is guaranteed one, whatever your creative interest.


Secondly, 7- 9.30pm on Thursday 28th April I'll be taking to the stage in my jazz singer guise, sharing a couple of hours of tunes from my beloved Great American Songbook. Do come along to this FREE EVENT, get yourself a drink and a bite to eat, sit back, relax and enjoy! Hope to see you there :-) xx

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Kitchen Croxley: Great American Songbook!

 

What a wonderful night we had at March's Kitchen Croxley Dial Up! Thanks everyone for coming and sharing your creativity. Our next event is on Friday 8th April and the theme is Great American Songbook! (As ever, the themes are just for fun, feel free to play with them or indeed completely ignore them!)

Everyone welcome: Come and share you music, your poetry, your passion, your stories. Or just watch, we love audience too! The stage is yours...

Where: 
The Kitchen Croxley
198 Watford Road, 
WD3 3DB (2 minutes from Croxley tube station)

When:
7.30pm Friday 8th April 2022: Great American Songbook
 7.30pm Friday 13th May 2022: Unlucky for Some
7.30pm Friday 10th June: Promise of Summer

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

The Dial Up is Finalist at Watford Audentior Awards!

 


The Dial Up was a finalist at this year's Watford Audentior Awards! Our category was the Chairman's Prize for Culture and we were up against two wonderful competitors, Dan Tien Drama and Dance School and Amma Gyan with the Anamartis Studio, a venue in which we have actually hosted a couple of Dial Ups! So it was a pleasure to see Amma win the overall award, and it was truly a marvellous evening from start to finish. Thank you to everyone who nominated The Dial Up and made this moment of recognition with Deputy Mayor Aga Dychton, Watford Elected Mayor Peter Taylor, my husband, and Chair of Watford Council Bilqees Mauthoor possible. Here's to a glittering 2022!

Sunday, 6 March 2022

Secular Verses out and about!

Hi Everyone,

I'm delighted to say that my poetry collection Secular Verses is going to be about and about over the next couple of months, so if you fancy coming along to any of these events please do feel free! It would be lovely to have you with us!

Brighton 5th April:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/humanist-poetry-night-tickets-306527149957

Windsor 12th April: 

Meet up - https://www.meetup.com/Windsor-Humanists/events/

Web page - https://www.windsorhumanists.com

Central London 13th April: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secular-verses-an-evening-of-humanist-and-open-mic-poetry-tickets-291515038327

Poet Alexander Williams reads from his collection Secular Verses, then opens the floor for you to share your own or your favourite poems.

About this event

Central London Humanists (CLH) are pleased to welcome Alexander Williams, poet, writer, teacher and singer, as he guides us through a delightful evening of poetry from his collection Secular Verses, and then opens the floor for us to share our own or our favourite poems. The event will take place online on Zoom on April 13, 2022, from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Bring your favourite poems to share with the rest, write your own, or just sit down and enjoy an evening of poetry reading and open-mic. In the first half of the event, Alexander will share poems from his recent collection Secular Verses, many of which have been published in Humanistically Speaking Magazine's Poet's Corner.

Then in the second half, he will open the floor for everyone to share poems of their choice, be they favourite poems, original work, or rapid responses to his interval writing activity.