Flint and Pitch took their wonderful cabaret evening to Paisley’s very own Arts Centre, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, opening up discussion on some imperative and highly topical issues. With a wonderful line-up that included Stephen Watt, Colin McGuire, Denise Mina and Kathryn Joseph, Jenny Lindsay with her curated cabaret, aroused the crowd with a varied bill.
Flint and Pitch started up about one year ago, after Rally & Broad disbanded with the departure of Rachel McCrum (to Quebec, that lucky lass), and have wowed crowds with bills that have included Luke Wright, Christopher Brookmyre, RM Hubbert and A New International. The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival now in its seventh year challenges perceptions on mental health, whilst also engaging with artists and creative communities, and this year its theme is Reclaim.
Flint and Pitch’s night was titled Reclaim This Script, a title taken from Jenny Lindsay’s poem, and using spoken word, music and provocations, brought five eclectic artists to respond to this theme. First on the bill was Steven Watt, who performed his moving words as a poet, intimately revealing his time finding his cousin in a hospital ward for mental health reasons, and also adapted Maxi Jazz’s lyrics for Insomnia into a spoken word piece. Effectively poignant. Denise Mina, Glasgow’s acclaimed crime writer, then got up to speak a timely provocation on the news surrounding Harvey Weinstein and the confessions of many using the #metoo, advocating that we all take responsibility for this behaviour and ensure it does not happen. Heir of the Cursed bookended this first half with a couple of beautiful tracks, showcasing her delicate, poignant performance.
Next up was Laura Waddell, who opened up about a period in her life where she could not work, due to mental health issues, and touched upon this through her expressive poetry, before we had the more immersive set from Colin McGuire who used the theme of bed to navigate his way through the land of slumber, and yet also through the need to wake up in our present society in this ambitious slot. And Jenny Lindsay also reminded us of her evocative poem, This Script, as she stunningly performed, all connected with the theme of this night’s entertainment.
Last but not least was the beguiling Kathryn Joseph, who hooked the audience in, with a full erupting applause, playing tracks such as The Bird and The Blood from the award-winning Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I’ve Spilled record. Always mesmerising to watch, Kathryn was the final nail on what was a wealth of talent enabling the audience to contemplate mental health and this idea of reclaim. A fantastic night of provocation, song and poetry, hats off to Jenny Lindsay.