Dear Splendid People!
Here at R & B Towers, we’ve been wondering what to do with ourselves creatively post-indyref madness. We’ve decided that As Much As Humanly Possible is a good place to start.
With that in mind, our Season 3 relaunch sees us taking to new Edinburgh home, The Bongo Club, AND starting up a late afternoon burst of lyrical delight at Stereo in Glasgow. Each month, we will be exploring (though not slavishly adhering to) a different ‘theme’ across both cities. And in October we are delighted to announce that….
Bigmouth Strikes Again!
Interpret it how ye will, but we’re thinking October might a time for speaking out, shouting out, keeping oor oars in, being heard and generally being as much of a nuisance as possible. Or, you can take the lyrics of The Smiths song entirely literally, which actually…. are a little disturbing… Anyway!
At the time of announcing, oor relaunch feels so very far away, but tis not. Come join us in October! Listings info, diary dates and spraffing follows…
October Dates (there’s 3 of em: diaries oot, comrades!)
- Rally & Broad presents: Bigmouth Strikes Again (Edinburgh): Fri 17th October, The Bongo Club, Cowgate, doors 7pm, show 7.30 – 10pm. With Inua Ellams, Anneliese Mackintosh, Hailey Beavis, Toby Campion and other special guests. £5.
- Rally & Broad/ The Scottish Poetry Library present: Kate Tempest With an introduction by Don Paterson and support from Sam Small. The Bongo Club, Sat 25th October, 7.30pm. £7/5
- Rally & Broad presents: Bigmouth Strikes Again (Glasgow) Sunday 26th October, Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. Doors 2.30pm, Show 3 – 5.30pm. With Rachel Amey, A New International, Kieran Hurley, Leyla Josephine and Declan Welsh.
Still reading? Good! Here’s some more info on our acts!
(Photo credit: Franklyn Rodgers)
Edinburgh, if ye dinnae know who this is, let’s be having ye. Here’s a tiny taster biog:
Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria ’1984, Inua Ellams is a Word and Graphic Artist, a writer with a style as influenced by classic literature as it is by hip hop, by Keats as it is by MosDef. Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism & traditional story telling with contemporary diction and musicality.
In other words – he’s not to be missed!
In her own words (for we could not say it better): “My first book, Any Other Mouth, was published by Freight Books in June 2014. I write literary fiction for adults. My favourite form is the short story, but I am working on a novel at the moment too. I’ve had my work broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, and published in UK publications like The Scotsman, The Best British Short Stories 2013, Edinburgh Review, Litro Magazine, Gutter, The Year of Open Doors, From Glasgow to Saturn, and in US lit mags like Zygote in my Coffee, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and Citizens For Decent Literature. My favourite subjects are: sexuality, grief, women, relationships, mental health, addiction, recovery, and me me me.”
[These are, coincidentally, some of our favourite subjects here at R&B Towers…]
Massively talented and skilled singer-songwriter, Beavis has been captivating audiences in Scotland and beyond with increasingly awesome performances!
For a taster of Hailey, check this oot… http://vimeo.com/45650288
BBC Slam Finalist, and definitely one-to-watch! Toby’s poetry and performances make him a stand-out new voice on the scene.
And for a taste of Toby, try here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1bJ_611ZJ4
With our final music act still to be announced (oh, but they will be wonderful) we hope this whets yer appetite for Season 3 in the meantime.
And in Glasgow….
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves doing our small-scale shin-digs in this fine city for the last 6 months, but come October, we’re going to be bringing the full she-bang to new venue, Stereo! In a wee twist, it’s an afternoon affair (which doth not mean less raucous, ken?) and we’ll be planning to feature the best up and coming Glasgow acts alongside some well-kent faces (and some not well-kent-but-should-be acts!)
Helping us launch are….
A NEW INTERNATIONAL!!
Formed in 2013 from the ashes of The Starlets, creators of “Some of the finest pop songs you’ve never heard” – (Sunday Herald), stage-sharers and contemporaries of fellow Scots Belle and Sebastian and Camera Obscura , The Starlets, “One of Scotland’s finest, most underrated bands” (The Scotsman) walked the path of most resistance despite playing sold-out shows in Japan and wowing mainland Europe with their “staggeringly beautiful” (The List) live shows. The band’s foreign adventures provided the context and inspiration for a musical transformation and their rebirth as A New International.
Lush, poetic, bittersweet romanticism; an evocative mixture of cinematic strings, circus lights, carnival and cabaret, music hall, gypsy, chanson, a little bit of folk, a little bit of flamenco too, yet with pop at its beating heart – welcome to the world of Glasgow’s finest, A New International. Reference points for the uninitiated include Scott Walker, Calexico, Beirut, Morricone…
Glasgow’s finest new spoken word act, with powerful, searing performance poems. Winner of the Commonwealth Cultural Programme Slam, she is widely recognised as being one of the most exciting new voices on the spoken word scene.
Playwright, performer, theatre-maker, awesome human.
‘Over the last two years, young Scottish playwright and actor Kieran Hurley has emerged as a superb theatrical storyteller… with a subtlety and humanity that sometimes takes the breath away… sheer theatrical skill.’
(Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)
Plus!! In her first headline slot for Rally & Broad, we’re delighted to announce… RACHEL AMEY!!
(Photo credit: Robb McCrae]
…… poet, performer, theatre-maker and all-round stunning artist will be finishing up oor bill!
Nae bad for a Sunday afternoon, eh?
And just to cap everything off, in-between all that we’re co-hosting the launch of Kate Tempest’s new collection (details above.)
See you in October!