Open Collab with Charlie + Jake

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call for submissions

We want to create a sonic world around your poem.

We're hosting a regular Open Collab show live in Bristol, and streamed on our YouTube Channel and we want to collaborate with YOU!

what do we need from you?

We want you to record yourself performing your poetry or prose and send it in to us. We'll then improvise and respond to your spoken word live on stream, adding musical accompaniment, vocal loops, found sounds and recordings, and whatever else we are inspired to add!

Our next Open Collab show will be announced soon!

who are we?

Charlie + Jake having loads of fun at an Open Collab livestream

We are Iris Lyre a multi-instrumental live-looping duo from Bristol, UK. Through a combination of musical improvisation, atmospheric field recordings and soulful vocals, we transform the poetry into sonic pictures of memories and moments.

As a duo, we have been creating and performing electro-indie // alt-pop original music at places like St. George's, BristolRonnie Scott's, and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. We were also the house band of the week on BBC Radio Bristol.

We love exploring and experimenting with new ways to combine spoken word and improvised music. Find out more about what we do here:

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watch some previous collabs

Get a flavour of the show by watching our collaborations with some brilliant poets at previous Open Collab events below:

come to the show!

The next show is taking place in the gorgeous Glass Studio of St. George's, Bristol. We'll be inviting poets onto the stage with us both in person and on-screen. Tickets are available now from the St. George's website

watch on catchup!

You can watch the previous Open Collab right here! Catch up on the show and see all the worlds of music and poetry we created.

what does everyone else think?

“Amazing collaboration project” - Adam Crowther (BBC Radio Bristol)

“I really felt like you properly got the whole vibe of my poem and the combination of your music and the words was somethings much greater than the sum of the parts” - Barry Hollow (poet and contributor)

“I was blown away by the incredible performance yesterday… really brilliant project… Such a great project. You are fine musicians and it was a pleasure to be a part of it” - Philip John (poet and contributor)

“So beautiful! I couldn't have imagined better music for my poem. Such beautiful, magical music and singing guys, and wonderful pieces of work. Enjoying so much.” - Bronwen Evans (poet and contributor)

“You’re so clever, beautiful holding and weaving of everyone’s gifts… an enlightened and glorious evening in lockdown - clearly unleashing creativity in abundance” - Ceri Baker (poet and contributor)

“Your live stream last night was fantastic. What a wonderful thing you’ve created. Poets are always looking for interesting ways to share their work and you guys have created such a unique platform. I really think that this is the beginning of something very special for the creative community so thank you.” - Mark de Lisser (poet and contributor)

“You are both the absolute loveliest people, and I’m so happy I was part of your creation. It also helped cure a lot of the quarantine induced loneliness I’ve had lately and I’m feelin’ extra gooood” - Laci Harmon (poet, songwriter and contributor)


We've tried to answer any questions you may have, if you have anymore please email us at

There are a few ways you can help us out and support the things we do to make the monthly Open Collab shows a reality!

We encourage people to buy their online ticket for the next show over on our Ko-fi page:

This lets you donate in multiples of a coffee (or £3), and our suggested contribution for an online ticket is 2 coffees.

If you love what we're doing, you can also consider supporting us on Patreon using this handy little button below!

Become a Patron!

Pledging a contribution each months also gives you access to some Patreon Pal perks, including an exclusive post-show behind the scenes live stream, as well as other Patreon-only content.

We're so grateful to all the support we have received so far: 100% of the money kindly given to us goes directly back into making the Open Collab project bigger and better than ever before. We've been able to connect with poets and performers all around the world and we are always working to find new ways of being creative and collaborative!


In connection with our upcoming EP, this show's theme is our ‘Internal Weather System’ - this can cover all things health: physical health, mental health, invisible illness, chronic illness, long covid, body image, disability, caring for loved ones who live with any of the above - anything and everything.

Submissions for each Open Collab show close a couple weeks before the event to give us time to listen to each wonderful piece given to us and select the programme for the show.

Submissions are now closed for October's show, but don't worry! There will always be another Open Collab livestream and we will open submissions for that one soon!

In the meantime, set your reminder for our upcoming show on Sunday 8th October at 3:00 pm (UK) and be inspired by all the wonderful poetry submissions we'll be making music to then!

Set your reminder andTune in to the live show!