by Redmond O. Colonies
The 2017 Rogue Festival is almost here. KRL will be featuring several Rogue Performer Preview articles over the next few weeks, and a preview article on this year’s Rogue Festival as well. You can find all of the Preview articles so far in our Arts & Entertainment section.
We will also be reviewing many of the shows once the Festival begins the beginning of March, and we may even do some more video interviews. Check out our Rogue Performer event page for more information as it becomes available, and you can also check out the Rogue 2017 website.
Bending reality has been a recurring theme in my life. As an extrovert in the British school system, I used it to overcome the lack of understanding and to self validate. Later in life combining my love of sophisticated pranks, I created events that curved the everyday into questionable circumstances and folks perusing the possibility of parallel dimensions. Thus as a performer, I may step out of the bounds of time—have yet to do the same to space—but always very present. Very!
“A most dynamic performer.” —Vancouver Island Folk Festival
This comes from my Irish side where I witnessed life before television, where folks made music, sang songs, told jokes and stories as a part of everyday life, and radio was sacred. Some of them possessed great presence, drawing one in with nuance, pathos, and comedy, and I wanted some of that! Garrison Keillor is our latter day, most masterful presence.
Once in the Bay in the late seventies, I shared great jokes as a bartender evolving into bigger, better, thence monologues, and my career as an actor augmented my ability to deliver the spoken word. I honed my craft over many years at festivals, clubs, cruise ships and casinos. As mentioned earlier, I developed, planned, and executed some great practical jokes, and another sideline where I became the first official Town Crier west of the Mississippi for my home town of Martinez in 1991, and first American Town Crier Champion in 1997, successfully defending in 2001.
Musically my tastes range from hysterical to poignant, Gershwin to The Goons, but here at Rogue I have a selection within my theme of examining our culture. Guaranteed to amuse.
Songs from circumspection to circumcision. Stories that flex even the most jaded, a wit that never ends, plus a charm that elevates the dowdiest spirit. “Redmond is a Hidden Treasure.”
The Rockin’ Horse Droppings Tour performances at Fulton Street Art Cafe
Friday, March 3 at 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 at 8.30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 5.30 p.m.