• International WENCH Day - Music, Art, Comedy & Spoken Word

  • Sun, 08-03-2020 at 19:30
  • The Waverley
    3-5 St Mary's Street
    EH1 1TA Edinburgh
International WENCH Day - Music, Art, Comedy & Spoken Word - The Waverley - Edinburgh

We all know it's International WENCH Day coming up on Sunday 8th March - wenches and friends celebrating and marching for equality all over the shop. But did you know this global hoot is climaxing upstairs, in the wee room at The Waverley in Edinburgh? Prepare for a fun and all-welcoming night of comedy, spoken word, music and painting.WENCH are bringing together their next bewitching lineup, with some of the brawest, finest award-winning WENCHES in Scotland.LINEUP: Amelia Bayler - comedyIona Lee poetry - spoken wordJanette Ayachi - spoken wordJo D'arc - solo set of The Twistettes & new electro/trip-hop gritLeyla Josephine - spoken wordLou Mclean Music - acoustic musicSarah Irvine - acoustic musicPlus selection of visual art by The Glasgow School of Art artistsHosted/supported by Amy Hill, Henriette Kesten, Mira KnocheCurated by Mira KnocheAll ticket income goes towards a great cause - the artists. Tickets £5 (cost of a pint): www.internationalwenchday.bpt.me.LINEUP INCLUDES:Amelia Bayler - Comedy'Amelia Bayler's cool blend of of stand-up and music has been making waves on the Scottish scene including at cult comedy night 'CHUNKS' and at Monkey Barrel's alt night 'Project X.'‘Amelia’s been smashing it on the Scottish comedy scene.’ - The Skinny‘Up-and-comer.’ - The List‘Amelia’s star is truly on the rise.’ - ScotsGayAs featured / seen / heard on BBC Scotland's The Comedy Underground, BBC The Social, BBC Sounds, Channel 4 Sparks and Vice.’ameliabayler.comIona Lee poetry - Spoken WordIona Lee is a poet, spoken word performer and visual artist from Scotland. Highlights of her career so far include being crowned the Scottish Slam Champion in 2016 and going on to represent Scotland at the World Slam Championships, supporting Phil Jupitus for a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and publishing a poetry pamphlet in 2018 with Polygon which went on to be shortlisted for the Best Poetry Pamphlet category at the Saboteur awards, and the Saltire Awards. Iona has performed all over the UK and Europe, appearing at the likes of Glastonbury, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, StAnza and Port Eliot festival, and on BBC Scotland, the Verb, BBC The Social and one of those Nationwide adverts that no one likes. Iona recently completed an illustration degree at the Glasgow School of Art, and fronts a beat poetry band called Acolyte.JANETTE AYACHI - PoetrySaltire Poetry Book of the Year 2019 winner, Janette Ayachi is a Scottish-Algerian poet who has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, including presses such as Polygon; Seren, and Salt’s The Best British Poetry of 2015. She collaborates with artists; her film poems have been screened at festivals, and in 2015 she was Digital Poet in Residence with The Poetry School. In 2016 she performed her poem about Amy Winehouse on BBC Radio Scotland, and was invited to return as an arts & culture critic for a year on the The Afternoon Show with Janice Forsyth & Grant Stott. Late 2017 she was commissioned to write a poem for Conversations on a Bench, a BBC Radio 4 documentary. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets and a children's chapter book The Mermaid, The Girl and The Gondola, illustrated by Fabio Perla. She is currently working on Lonerlust, a nonfiction narrative memoir about travelling alone.janetteayachi.comJO D'ARC from The Twistettes - MusicAs well as bringing you some stripped back acoustic versions of The Twistettes stomping punk tunes, Jo D'arc will be performing tracks from The Twistettes brand new side project for the very first time! Imagine gritty electro sleazy with a good chunk of trip-hop and you're getting close to the edge...Leyla Josephine - Spoken WordLeyla Josephine is a performance poet, screenwriter and theatre maker originally from Glasgow now based in Prestwick. Leyla mostly uses autobiographical material in her work which gives it a rawness that is not easily imitated. She came first in Hammer and Tongue’s UK Spoken Word Slam Championships 2014 at The Royal Albert Hall. Her solo show ‘Daddy Drag’ was winner of Autopsy Award 2019 and her first show ‘Hopeless’ was runner up for Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Show 2018. She is currently School’s Writer in Residence 2020 for Edinburgh International Book Festival. She loves dogs, dancing to ABBA, red wine and chatting to her houseplants.'Her performance is moving, heart-wrenching and thoroughly enjoyable.' ★★★★★ The Skinny, for 'Daddy Drag''Riotous and moving drag tribute to dads of all kinds' ★★★★ The List, for 'Daddy Drag''‘This show has a real poignancy and it is obvious when it hits the audience, who, rightfully so, gave it a standing ovation at the end.’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby, for 'Hopeless'leylajosephine.co.ukLou Mclean Music - Acoustic MusicLou Mclean is a singer-songwriter from Edinburgh who writes acoustic dream-pop with razor-sharp lyrics. Performing live, she has no trouble endearing and charming the rapt audience with her quirky, self-penned songs. (Musos Guide, 2016).'Good Morning Easter Road' ★★★★ The Skinny, 2017'Her unique brand of wistful, riot grrl pop is unmissable' - The List, 2017'A gem of the Scottish underground scene' - Tenement TV, 2017 'Good Morning Easter Road is... a comical masterstroke of intelligent storytelling' - Glasgow West End guide, 2017 "She has the way of telling a narrative with her songs that is surprisingly rare for an artist, some songs connect with you emotionally and others have complex and smart lyrics. You can do either of them and still avoid telling a story with your song but Mclean manages to do all of it." - New Hellfire Club blog.- Winner of The Famous Grouse house Fringe Headliner, 2016loumcleanmusic.bandcamp.comMclean was recently featured in BBC Scotland’s ‘riot grrl Rock’ documentary.Sarah Irvine - Acoustic MusicBorn under the southern star side of the milky way with a passion for climbing trees and weaving long-winded stories, Sarah’s delicate and tender vocals will breeze their way straight through the open window and into your heart. This one-time circus acrobat now wandering musician has a sensitive song writing style that invites you to share in musings on friendship and folktales set against the backdrop of more than half a decade consumed by northern wanderlust. Sarah has spent the last 2 years playing in folk duo “Weird Cousins” with Nici Hosking. In August 2019 they released a self-titled EP of beloved songs born out of a time book-ended by Edinburgh friendships and married together by tender dreaming’s and enchanting harmonies. Sarah has since toured these songs independently to audiences around Scotland and to great praise. She is a natural born storyteller with a whimsical wit that, combined with her collection of songs, tales and traditional balladry will bring you, wistfully back to a place called home.weirdcousins.bandcamp.com