‘Once more, with feeling!’ – Last EVER Edinburgh Show!

Rally & Broad ‘Once More With Feeling!’, Friday 17th June. The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, tix £5 in advance here or £6 on the door [a note though…they’re fair flying out, so if you’re planning to come along, book yer place in advance! xx]. With Don Paterson! Maud the Moth! Caroline Bird! Lara Williams! Paper Rifles! The most epic raffle of all time! And Rally & Broad, spraffling their last… 


Hello dear pals, comrades, wonderful folk,

Look at those fresh faces! Way back when, in the mists of 2012, that was Rally & Broad. We always do love a bench.

Ladies and gentlefolk, this is our LAST EVER EDINBURGH CABARET. We have had such a glorious, generous, shining 4 years with Rally & Broad, and we would like to thank everyone who has sailed along with it, and helped to make it so special. Come help us see it off in fine style? Ah, go on…

And helping us to say au revoir, adieu and goodbye, these shining stunners…


Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. His poetry collections include Nil Nil, God’s Gift To Women and Landing Light. His collection Rain won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and his most recent collection is the acclaimed 40 Sonnets. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2009.

“Dynamic, interrogative and unsettling; crafted yet open-ended; fiercely smart, savage and stirring – from the get-go, Paterson’s poetry has been essential reading.” (Ben Wilkinson, The Guardian)



Maud the Moth was founded in 2010 as the solo project of Amaya López-Carromero. Hailing from Madrid, Maud the Moth has always been a fluid entity, cycling through various line-ups and formations, without losing sight of its fundamental sense of purpose.
Beginning with a minimal set up of voice and piano, with the occasional use of a looper, the project has also dressed up as a trio and duo in the past.

Drawing on a wide-ranging musical background, which includes jazz, classical, avant garde, soul and even some elements of metal, Maud the Moth carefully combines these disparate elements into a final product that is always musical, coherent and heartfelt.

Second full album The Inner Wastelands is out now.




Caroline was born in 1986 and grew up in Leeds before moving to London in 2001. She studied English Literature at Oxford University. She has been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize twice in 2008 and 2010 and was the youngest writer on the list both times. She was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014. She has also won an Eric Gregory Award (2002) and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year award two years running (1999, 2000), and was a winner of the Poetry London Competition in 2007, the Peterloo Poetry Competition in 2004, 2003 and 2002.

Caroline has had four collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her fourth collection, The Hat-Stand Union, was described by Simon Armitage as ‘spring-loaded, funny, sad and deadly.’ She is currently writing the book and lyrics for Dennis the Menace the Musical for The Old Vic.


[PS! Rally & Broad will be running one final weekend Masterclass with Caroline Bird in November 2016, in the beautiful Invernesshire settings of Moniack Mhor. There are still some spaces available…find out more here!



Lara Williams is a writer based in Manchester. She has had short fiction published by McSweeney’s, Litro and various other publications and websites, and her journalism and non-fiction has appeared in the Guardian, NME and the Manchester Evening News. Lara’s debut collection of short stories Treats, was published by Freight Books in 2016 and is described by The Skinny as “a remarkable debut collection,” and was awarded a 5-star review from The List.




Paper Rifles is an Edinburgh-based musician who teaches History by day and plays acoustic punk rock by night. Having already shared stages with Billy Liar, Honeyblood, The Murderburgers, New Model Army, PJ Bond, Joe McMahon and many more, the “And Then Came The Tourists” 7″ is now out!. Conviction and choruses in 3 minute blasts.



And of course…US! Rally & Broad, spraffling, raffling and spikily waffling their way through it all. It’s been beautiful, lads. Come say bye.

Ours is a cherry bourbon Tennant shandy, and lashings of waterproof mascara.

Lots of love,




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