A brand new spoken word story about addiction, the causes of addiction, and the recovery from its destructive forces.
Written and performed by A Firm of Poets founder, Ralph Dartford, from his own true experience of addiction, falling down and getting back up again. An unflinching, sometimes funny confessional that might change your mind about everything you thought you knew about addiction.
Astonishing - Bad Language, Manchester
See this. Beautiful. A work of art! - Ironopolis Outlook
Beautiful lyricism and brutal honesty - Headingley Lit Fest
A brilliantly written piece most writers push themselves to imagine but delivered with the grinding wide eyed sincerity of genuine first hand experience. - Thick Richard Duffy
Olmo Lazarus is a classic cocktail, best enjoyed in art galleries, poetry recitals and park benches. Begin with a glass of crushed dreams, and add a double measure of socialist tendencies. Top up with a South-Essex drawl and sprinkle a combination of Hip-Hop and Punk ethos to taste. Serve chilled.
Simon Mason was described by Alan McGee, founder of seminal record label Creation, as The Rocknroll Doctor, due to his habit of being found in the late-night company of some of the biggest bands of the Britpop era, and usually being the reason some of those late nights became as late as they did! His book, Too High, Too Far, Too Soon was described as falling 'somewhere between Stephen Smith’s Addict and Danny Sugarman’s Wonderland Avenue and is perhaps the great British narco-memoir of modern times.'
Fast forward to 2018 and Mason is now at the helm of his own band, Hightown Pirates, who’s debut album Dry and High, was released in 2017, to be met with critical, if not commercial, success.
Dry and High, is a joyous, anthem-laden affair, that evokes Arcade Fires sweep; Blood Sweat and Tears’ horns and the finer moments of Primal Scream’s Screamadelica and on standout track, Just For Today, the shock and awe of still being alive.**** Q Magazine.