Carly Thomas and guitarist/vocalist Pat Dryburgh will be performing from 6:30 to 7:00, preceeding the readings by featured poets Susan McCaslin and Lee Johnson. She will also sing during the intermission and again after the open mic poetry section, at about 9:15.
“ Thomas's strong, clear voice is always thick with emotion, which adds to both the sincerity and beauty of her soft indie folk songs. Her tunes drip with truthfulness, as she isn't afraid to expose her heart in order to help her listeners mend theirs. Thomas takes what she learned from her classical guitar lessons in Central America and adds her own poetic spin to it. With her earthy voice and raw lyrics, Thomas's sound is comparable to female folk singer-songwriters such as Ani DiFranco. ”
— Coutis, Lori Mastronardi, Brian Wong, The London Free Press
Carly Thomas has lived a truly cosmopolitan life: She was born in Bangkok, Thailand, was raised in Ottawa, and since then has lived in Argentina, France, the U.S., Vancouver and London, Ontario.
Thomas studied classical guitar in Buenos Aires in 1995, moved to Indiana, then, in 1999, to romantic Paris where she was married. Thomas' musical career began in earnest in New York City. There she worked on her songwriting and performing ability by playing open mics and coffee shops around the lower east side of Manhattan. Later, in Vancouver, BC, Thomas played with her full band, The Gentle Ladies. For 8 years she played around the city and the interior of BC, connecting with her audiences through intelligent songs and beautiful acoustic guitar lines. She moved to London, Ontario in 2012.
Thomas released her second album, Up This High, in 2010, a long awaited follow-up to her debut album, Distance, which was released in 2003. She is anticipating the release of her 3rd recording this summer.
Thomas will take part in this year's Home County Folk Festival in London's Victoria Park, July 18th to 20th, 2014.
Thomas' 2013 video, I'll Find an Ocean
An earlier video: Fishface
WHERE: The Mykonos Restaurant at 572 Adelaide St. North, London, Ontario. The restaurant has a large, covered terrace just behind the main restaurant, which comfortably holds 60 poetry lovers. Mediterranean food and drinks are available. Except for the coldest months, the terrace is open to the parking lot behind. Overflow parking is available across the side street and in the large lot one block north, in front of Trad’s Furniture.
WHEN: May 7th, the first Wednesday of the month.
LIVE MUSIC: Singer/songwriter Carly Thomas will open the event, at least by 6:30. She will also perform during the intermission and at the end of the event.
THE FEATURED POETS, first Lee Johnson, followed by Susan McCaslin, open the poetry portion of the event at 7:00, followed by a Q&A.
OPEN MIC: Following the featured poet, there is about 1.5 hours of open mic, ending about 9:00 pm. Each poet has five minutes (which is about two good pages of poetry, but it should be timed at home). Sign up on the reader`s list, which is on the book table at the back. It's first come, first served.
RAFFLE PRIZES: Anyone who donates to London Open Mic Poetry Night receives a ticket for a raffle prize, three of which will be picked after the intermission. The prizes consist of poetry books donated by Brick Books and The Ontario Poetry Society. Donations are our only source of income. We still haven't paid off our initial debt!