Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Monday, 7:00 PM Thursday, 4:30 AM Thursday, 12:00 PM Friday. 5:00 PM


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HCAM News Re: Wake Up!

This series is for the merging of minds and souls of poets, musicians and other performing artists... as well as those simply coming to listen. We provide a forum for a variety of talented writers and performing artists to share their words and get people awakened and excited about the diversity of voices, perspectives and insights expressed through the art form of poetry, song and spoken word.

This program is offered jointly by myself a host/ producer and by HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens. Admission is free but there is a passing of the hat for the features. There are very talented poets and musicians on board for this coming season. You can sign up for reserved seating and open mic below. Limited open mic slots are available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault


Announcing New Program Format for 2018
with Guest Features Lauren Passarelli and Kate Chadbourne
Saturday Morning, January 20th 10:30 a.m.-1:00

On Saturday, January 20th, Wake up and Smell the Poetry will be changing it's format after 12 seasons! The new program will consist of two guest features who will offer 30 minutes each of both performing/reading their art and also sharing some stories and conversation about creativity and how their art was created and inspired.

This is intended to provide a more informal and intimate way of showcasing the art of poetry, story and song as well as providing some communication of background and stories about sources of inspiration, creativity and sharing art with others.

Our first guest features include poet/singer-songwriter and author Kate Chadbourne and singer-songwriter/guitarist Lauren Passarelli. In addition to being professional performers, both women work as highly respected educators/college professors in the Boston area and are impressively experienced and comfortable in helping to launch this new format involving more dialogue at HCAM TV Studios.

Each program is filmed before a live audience and the footage is later edited into weekly half hour programs that air locally and are available on Youtube and at www.hcam.tv/wakeup.

Come out and see what the excitement is all about of our new program, of our guest features, of our open mic and enthusiasts of the arts audience!
Taking place at the warm and welcoming HCAM TV Studios at 77 Main St., Hopkinton, Ma.

If you are interested in joining as audience and/or at the open mic, please sign up below.

Your host, Cheryl Perreault
host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry

Lauren Passarelli
Lauren Passarelli is one of those ultra rare artists that writes, sings, and plays many instruments, arranges, produces, engineers and also mixes and masters her music. She has released 9 CDs 2 EPs and 11 singles for the Feather Records label. She was the first woman to graduate as a performance major from Berklee College of Music in 1982 and the first woman to be hired on the Berklee guitar faculty in 1984. She has written two ebooks for guitarists: Guitar Insights, Minor Tweaks Major Results; and, Guitar Insights, Myths and What Matters. Lauren was just named one of the top ten most inspiring music professors in the US for 2017 by College Magazine sponsored by NAMM. The creative process is one of Lauren’s favorite subjects.

Kate Chadbourne
Kate Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. She has been honored as a “tradition bearer” in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College, and her music has been featured on NPR’s programs, “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered.” She has released four solo CD’s, three collections of poetry, and has collaborated on recordings and live performances with Tim Janis, Lauren Passarelli, The Chanticleers, The Celtic Kates, and many others. Named as one of “The Most Fascinating People” in Central Massachusetts by the Sentinel and Enterprise Newspaper, Kate is also the founder of The Bardic Academy, a school for writers, musicians, singers, and young scholars. She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as “the voice of an angel.”

More Information on our program:
This venue welcomes participating artists from near and far as well as the general public who are interested in seeing this unique, monthly event honoring the art of poetry, song and spoken word. Admission is free and all are welcome. Most of our programs are available for viewing here.

Features Information:
Guest features for this program are selected based on their talent as both a writer and in their ability to deliver poetry, stories and songs as well as thematic content, diversity of style, audience appeal and genuine interest and ability to connect with the audience (both in studio and on air). We receive many inquiries regarding eligibility of feature spots and although most features are selected based on advance program topics and themes, interested applicants are welcome to email feature press kit and inquiries or to HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton Ma 01748. (directions)

Open Mic Information:
HCAM Studios offers a supportive and professional setting for open mic where contributing writers and artists can share their words of poetry, song or story while being filmed before a live audience. There is a limited sign-up and a limit of four minutes per open mic contribution. Please bring material suitable for sharing on public television and sign a release form if you would like to be considered for inclusion on the televised program. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance as open mic spots can be limited with attending audience ranging from 20-50 each month.

People come from near and far sharing poetry, spoken word and songs, some for the first time and some who are seasoned writers/performers. Regardless of experience, those who have performed at the open mic in the last three seasons have traditionally offered their best for this friendly and professional setting. This has resulted in a showcasing of a very special blend of impressive talents within each month's program so that most performances are included in either the monthly "Wake up..." series or the "All Open Mic" program.

If you are interested in reserving an open mic spot or simply in reserving a seat to watch as audience, please sign up above.