New Season / New Format

After a brief sojourn Seasonally Effected is back with three eclectic events of music, story, film, comedy, poetry and whatever else might happen. This April, May and June will see a new format Seasonally, with each event featuring a headline act and a broader mix of performances than ever before. To make this work, we will be asking our wonderful audience for voluntary donations at each event that will be used to pay that month’s headline act. Think of it as organised busking.

The next three headliners will be:

April 27th – Acoustic Broken Banjo

May 25th – A Phil Kane and Gavin Alexander Collaboration

June 29th – A Rachel Lowrie and Stuart Turner Collaboration

Before the headline act the events will have six times 10-15 minute open mic spots, but to keep things varied, there will be a limit of two of any type of performance in these spots. Priority will be given to performers that link to the season, month, week, day or time of the event in some way.
If you have an idea for a future headline act or would like to book a spot, email:

28th August



This is the seventh Seasonally Effect Podcast. This event ran from Dot Cafe, Rochester High Street on the 28th August 2013. This podcast features: Dylan Oscar Rowe, Roy Smith, Maria McCarthy, Matt Wils, Deke Dobson, Chris Page, Henry Powell and Nigel Adams.   The event also included a reading from ‘City without a head from Barry Fentiman, a short film by Mdhamiri Nkemi of Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society, interpretive dance from Sophie Wophie, music from The Flowing and a lot of technical difficulties for Roy Smith.


The next Seasonally Effected will be on the 25th September 7pm-9pm at the Dot Cafe.


If you would like to book a spot or submit a film for either event email me at:

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Seasonally Effected 1st Podcast

Seasonally Effected One Download here

This is the first Seasonally Effected Podcast, recorded on the 27th February at the Dot Cafe in Rochester.  Sadly, the sound quality isn’t great on this one, and for this reason I have decided to remove music performances (I had turned the sound desk up to high, so It sounded ok at the event, but the recordings were too distorted.)  Anyway, hopefully will get it right for next time.

This podcast includes performances from: Sean AKA Mayhem of the MLT, Barry Fentiman, Nigel Adams, Phil Kane, Roy Smith and Mark Quinn – the music performances were by by Stuart Turner and Nick Rice , Porlie Eidolon and 3D (Thomas Kelly and Dean Clarke.)  There was also a short film called ‘Upwards’ from Mdhamiri A Nkemi which is available here:

As commented at the time, the line up could benefit from a touch more estrogen  –  which will hopefully be addressed at the next event on 27th March.  If you would like to book a 10 minute spot, email me on: – for more information visit:

First event

Hi All

Thanks to everyone who came along to the first Seasonally Effected.  Think it was a great night and have had loads of positive feedback and stuff.  We will be returning on the 27th March 6:30-9pm at the Dot Cafe and plan to continue running events on the Last Wednesday of the month.  

I hope to put a podcast up in the next few days – unfortunately the sound seems a little distorted on this one,  will work on improving the recording for the next event.

If you would like to book at spot at the March event, email me on:

The Facebook event page is:

See you soon


First event – 27th February 7-9pm

photo credit: ucumari via photopin cc

photo credit: ucumari via photopin cc

Join or contribute to a new cultural open mic – The first event will be at the Dot Cafe in Rochester on 27th February 2013. Let us know your coming here:

Poetry, philosophy, music, short-stories, painting, plays, history, short-films, photography, stand-up comedy and anything else that I may have forgotten, are all welcome at Seasonally Effected.

Following the Short Encounter’s event last October, I thought it’d be fun to put together a much broader event. Seasonally Effected will give 5-10 minute slots to anyone who would like to respond to the theme. The theme being right now, February, the end of winter, early 2013 or anything related to it, however tangentially.

If you would like to book a slot, whether to sing a song, show and talk about a painting, read a poem, show a short film or make us laugh, then send me an email at:
book soon, as places are limited.

Please include a brief description of what you would like to do and how it relates to the theme, along with a short bio.

If your stuck for an idea, apparently the 27th is International Polar Bear Day.

(Please note that there will be limited technical equipment, so most performances will be unplugged – if let me know what sort of set up you need, I will try and accommodate as best I can)

photo credit: ucumari via photopin cc