Rob Jones

It was a night where residents of the Amazonian rainforest would have stayed under cover. However, the hearty folk of the Rhondda are a fearless breed and a ferocious downpour did not stop a good crowd from attending the WAM (Words Art Music) event at Tonypandy Library. This was the second such show at the venue and once again it was proven that there is a call for such an occasion as extra seats were called for to meet the demand.

MC Mike Church led from the front via a multi talented display of poetry, stories, observations, interaction and juggling. Wit and wisdom is at the core of the proceedings as our genial host seamlessly links up a series of topics and effortlessly works in tangent with the other acts.

Paul Rosser delivered an acoustic set of songs with substance and the tales emanating from the tunes would stand alone as pieces of prose. A visceral vocal dovetailed with passionate playing and this proposition is then augmented with the assistance of two sidekicks and Gerard Kress would also play a solo set which displayed his skills and in particular his mastery of the violin.

A slice of modern art came via the contemporary cartoons and thought provoking images of Osian Grifford who has worked on a number of projects with Mr. Church. One has to admire anyone who can create in order to entertain whether it is via the mediums of literacy, music or visual workings – and, this valley audience were treated to a diverse package of culture.

Look out for another WAM gig at The Workers Art Gallery, Ynyshir on Thursday, October 3, 7 to 9pm and another varied bill will be on offer. The positive news for Tonypandy Library is that a further experience is set for Friday, November 29, also 7 to 9pm. Bring it on!

NB There is also the next Cultural Chapter morning at the library on Tuesday, October 8, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Artist and sculptor Barry Lewis will be the guest for another gathering without an entrance charge