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03-Jun-2016

Diatonic Player Jumps Out The Frame at Droitwich Arts Week to Perform Alongside His Portrait, West Midlands - UK

DaveReeves  by Cynthia Morrison (Droitwich Arts Week)
A portrait by the US artist Cynthia Morrison led to a performance by the diatonic accordionist, poet and performer Dave Reeves at Park’s Café, Droitwich, West Midlands, on Monday May 23rd as part of Droitwich Arts Week.

In 2015, Cynthia produced a piece of artwork for a gallery in the USA, itself based upon a photograph of Dave Reeves by Ali McK and, out of the blue sent an email to Dave informing him. But that, it turned out, was just the beginning, for later in the year she sent Dave a photograph of another work based on this photograph hanging as part of a Mail Art exhibition in Berlin, and said that there were more to come. Jokingly, Dave emailed her back saying that perhaps one day he’d be able to go and do a performance in a gallery where one of these pictures was hanging.

Well that day was Monday May 23rd. With the chain of events leading to Cynthia exhibiting a picture based upon that original photo of Dave in a Mail Art exhibition in Droitwich Spa, and Dave performing there, alongside it. The exhibition ‘Let’s Do Shakespeare’, celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and featured Dave playing accordion alongside a quote from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

And it was a performance that jumped straight Out The Frame, with Dave, a performance poet and squeezebox player who brings his writing to life with the use of props and participation, humour and music, being streamed on Periscope and Facebook by Vaughn Reeves from internet broadcaster Radio Wildfire.

Dave, who appears under the stage name ‘Dave Reeves (who bellows)’ said, “I am intrigued by the idea of this image of me taking on a life of its own, and all because of the internet.”

He added, “When a copy of the picture came to be exhibited in Droitwich I really couldn’t wait to perform alongside it as it is only an hour’s drive from where I live.”

Dave continues with his unique mix of accordion, spoken word and theatre at Cheltenham Science Festival on Saturday June 11th (as half of the accordion duo Jiggery Spokery); at the Gardeners World Live weekend at the National Exhibition Centre on Sunday June 19th; Ledbury Poetry Festival on Saturday July 2nd; and Nozstock on Friday July 22nd.
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