Rally & Broad was a spoken word, music and live lit events-series, run by poets Jenny Lindsay and Rachel Mccrum from 2012 – 2016. Below you can read all about its journey from a self-funded start-up to an integral part of the spoken word scene in Scotland.
You can also follow Jenny Lindsay @msjlindsay and check out her new project Flint & Pitch @flintandpitch, and can follow Rachel McCrum @kickingparis.
Rally & Broad came into being in the infamous summer of 2011, when poets Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum bonded, over many Birds & Bees in Edinburgh’s Forest Cafe, over poetry, performance, politics, passion, crap relationships, Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Jenny was an Angel girl, Rachel was all about Spike.
Two months later, soberer in many ways, they took a look around the blossoming Edinburgh spoken word scene and decided that a new show in town was needed. To show there was cultural life in the city post August, to provide a platform for new, up and coming spoken word artists in Scotland, to achieve properly gender balanced programming, and more than anything else, to put on a Show.
They knew what they wanted. They wanted poetry, above all. But also music, dance, performance art, live literature, a raffle, audience interaction, and a generally spraffy, gobby, feisty evening dreaming of beauty and lyrical delight, and sometimes, often, nearly always, occasionally, managing to reach it.
In October 2012, the first Rally & Broad launched at The Counting House, Edinburgh. Since then, Rally & Broad has brought artists including Luke Wright, Liz Lochhead, Don Paterson, Kirsty Logan, Alan Bissett, Hollie McNish, Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva, Harry Giles, Jenna Watt, Martin O’Connor, Kirstin Innes, Ryan Van Winkle, Paula Varjack, Kieran Hurley, Julia Taudevin and many more.
Since then, have moved to a new Edinburgh home at The Bongo Club, and established a monthly Sunday afternoon cabaret at Stereo, Glasgow in 2014, with the support of Creative Scotland. They have worked with StAnza, the Edinburgh International Book Festival (twice providing the closing Jura Unbound Shows in the famous Spiegeltent), Literary Dundee, Festival of Politics, Scottish Book Trust, Dunbar Science Festival, the Saltire Society, Wigtown Book Festival, BIG LIT in Dumfries & Galloway, the Tron in Glasgow and more. They were delighted to be #44 in The List’s Hot 100 of Scottish Cultural Icons in 2014.
Season 4 of Rally & Broad will see yet more monthly cabarets in Edinburgh and Glasgow, more glorious one off events, and an exciting new masterclass series starting in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library and Moniack Mhor in 2016. Watch this space.
See you at the front? Ours is a gin & soda.