Events

‘The Ampersand Sessions’ – Glasgow!

Sunday 21st February, Rally & Broad ‘The Ampersand Sessions’ – Stereo, Glasgow. Doors at 230pm, £6 on door or £5 in advance. With…EMMA POLLOCK! MALACHY TALLACK & CHRISSY BARNACLE! KATIE AILES & CATHERINE WILSON! JENNY LINDSAY & HEIR OF THE CURSED (formerly Genesee)!

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And lo, did our Odyssey of explorations into collaborative efforts continue! GO TEAM! We’re so very excited to be bringing this bill to oor Glasgow stage in February. Childhood heroes, cross artform excitements, new work, oh my it’s better than gin & tonic, vodka & Irnbru, champagne & Guinness mixed into one…*

[*Broad: do not try this at home, kids]

On the stage…

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‘The Ampersand Sessions’ – Edinburgh!

Rally & Broad ‘The Ampersand Sessions’ – Friday 19th February, Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With Miracle Glass Company (Austen George, William Douglas & Andy Duncan), Bella & The Bear, Hailey Beavis & Faith Eliott, Rachel McCrum & Jonathan Lamy, and Russell Jones & Atzi Murmatsu! Tickets £5 in advance here, or £6 on the door.

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We love a good double act here at Rally & Broad towers…Sonny & Cher, Cagney & Lacey, Buffy & Faith. Morecambe & Wise. Eddie & Patsy. Bert & Ernie. Withnail & I…

So, to celebrate all things double and duo, we’re bringing together some of Scotland (and beyond)’s finest in existing and brand new collaborations for our February shows! The Edinburgh bill is packed fuller than a glut of damson jam, from supergroups to multilingual performers. Read on, read on…!

 

 

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Coorie-In Land, Hogmanay 2016.

Rally & Broad were delighted to be curating one of the Scot:Lands venues for 1st January 2016. A wonderful – and free – series of events that run on the cold, dreich afternoon of the first day of the New Year, providing solace, shelter, and beautiful, uplifting music, poetry, dance, performance art and more to the good peoples of Edinburgh and further afield. We themed our ‘land’ as ‘Coorie-In Land’ celebrating all things cosy and warm. Hence the pyjamas…

Our artists for the afternoon included Maud the Moth, Colin McGuire, Rachel Amey, Billy Liar, Skye Reynolds, A New International (Biff Smith and Caroline Evens), Calum Rodger and Hailey Beavis.

Also performing although not pictured as they were doing sterling work out in the Cafe space were performance artists Rose Ruane and Rebecca Green.

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Jan in Glasgowtown – The Hangover Special!

Sunday 24th January, 230pm – 530pm at Stereo. Tickets £6 on the door or available in advance (and a bit cheaper) over here!

And it’s January. It’s grey, dank and frankly, we cannae be bothered getting out of our jammies. Wanna come join us in a warm basement for a few hours, full of uplifting beats, witty words, general camaraderie? Of course you do. It’s one of our Hangover Specials, after all…

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Helping us along with this is one of the most stonkingly good lineups we’ve ever put on in Glasgow…it’s heating up, pals. On the stage will be…

…MALIKA BOOKER!

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Writer, spoken word and multidisciplinary artist whose writing, collaborations and theatre shows have taken her all over the world! Malika is one of the UK’s leading spoken word artists; this is a rare and wonderful opportunity to catch her work in Scotland. This is an absolute must see.

In her own words

‘Writing is the best way to engage the imagination, to create magic, change the world. I write because my mother tells me I am the first generation of women to be able to tell our stories and because I know there are women in the world who cannot speak. I write to make sense of life, to make the ordinary extraordinary. I write to tell stories, our stories. But most importantly, I write because I cannot do anything else. If I am not writing, then I am not breathing.’

http://malikabooker.com/

 

…LOKI with BECCI WALLACE!

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Two of Scotland’s best loved artists have teamed up to create something incredibly powerful, blending the best of Loki’s social commentary meets rap with Becci’s tender, powerful and wry vocals and crafted verse. We were delighted to have them at Rally & Broad in Edinburgh last year, and even more thrilled to be bringing them to Glasgow. Come experience this!

For more: http://lokithescottishrapper.com/

and https://becciwallace.bandcamp.com/

 

…YUSUF AZAK!

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Ex Aberdonian, now Glasgow based songwriter and experimental musician whose most recent album is Peace In The Underworld. The lead single ‘Silver Rose’ has already notched up plays on BBC Introducing and 6Music and has become a live favourite. Reviews for previous work include

‘something of the epic and the ancient, and a touch of fairytale romanticism’ – musicOMH.

We’re ready for this.

https://yusufazak.bandcamp.com/

 

…STEWART SANDERSON!

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Poet, academic and one of the nominees for the inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2014. Stewart has been published widely and also translates poetry into Scots and English. We are big fans of his work – Broad has his poems stuck up in her kitchen cupboards – and excited to hear it in the flesh.

http://www.edwinmorganaward.com/stewartsanderson.html

 

… IONA LEE!

IonaLeeIn our New Voices slot, the unstoppabler newcomer that is Iona Lee! Recently of Edinburgh (and missed) and now based in Glasgow, Iona is carving out a name for herself with her witty, honest performances.

https://ionalee23.wordpress.com/

 

 

Jammies are absolutely encouraged. Ours is a cocoa and brandy.

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January in Edinburgh…The Hangover Special!

Friday 22nd January 2016, 7 – 10pm at The Bongo Club. Tickets available in advance (and cheaper!) here or £6 on the door.

[this is an unusual show, with two spaces being used simultaneously, so we’re asking everyone to arrive on time. Tickets in advance may be advisable!]

And lo, January was upon us, and so were the mighty mighty hangovers of a helluva year. Think we’re getting out of our PJ’s anytime soon? Think on…

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January brings with it two more of our ever popular Hangover Specials, where we celebrate all things fizzy, grotty and comfy. Just in time to set you up for the New Year. In Edinburgh, however, as we’ve been striving to do all year, we’re shaking it up like a raccoon in a whiskey barrel…

We’ll be curating two ssimultaneous spaces in the Bongo Club on the 22nd January, Rally’s room and Broad’s room, with very special acts in each and the audience swapping halfway through the night. The story goes that Rally & Broad have managed to lose their shoes, their memories and each other over the course of the night, and are trying to piece it all together…

Come help us do it! Along with some uplifting beats, beautiful dance and soothing, witty words to cure all ills from the likes of…

…BE CHARLOTTE!

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Multi-instrumentalist and astonishing vocalist whose live performances are applauded across the Scottish music scene and beyond. She blew oor little minds with her talent – and multi coloured light up trainers – in Glasgow last year, and we’re so excited to see what she’ll bring to Edinburgh this month.

http://charlotte-music.co.uk/

 

…RYAN VAN WINKLE!

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Edinburgh-based poet Ryan Van Winkle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Award-winning poet whose most recent collection The Good Dark (Penned in the Margins) was awarded the Saltire Society Award for Poetry in 2015. Hurrah! So very much deserved for a man who has worked tirelessly to develop poetry in Scotland and across the world, with the Scottish Poetry Library, culturelaser podcast, his award winning solo shows including Viewmaster (with Dan Gorman) and red like our room used to feel, and of course, the glorious and chaotic triumph that was The Golden Hour. We salute you.

http://ryanvanwinkle.com/
…COLIN MCGUIRE!

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Poet and performer whose recent work explores bed, sleep, mortality and legacy and (in oor humble) is one of the most exciting, unabashedly individual, curious and idiosyncratic voices in the Scottish spoken word scene. He’ll be in his jammies too, by the way. Just sayin.’*

http://a-glaswegian.blogspot.co.uk/

…RUTH MILLS!

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One of Scotland’s leading dancers, choreographers and movement directors whose provocative, intelligent work has seen her work with other artists in many disciplines; we’re delighted to have Ruth back with a specially devised piece for the show.

http://ruthmillsdance.blogspot.co.uk/
…ROSEANNE REID!

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Up and coming folk musician and songwriter who was recently nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, making her Rally & Broad debut. Huzzah!

https://www.facebook.com/Roseanne-Reid
* we would love it if you wanted to come along in your nightwear too. Makes us feel right at home. 

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The Story of The Anti-Slam! (Featuring the annihilation of spoken word…)

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through Our House, poets were scurrying to complete their personas for the annihilation of our sacred verse. Like we just did there.

The Anti-Slam, brainchild of London based Varjack & Simpson, was the first of our ‘Takeover Editions’. The idea behind it is that 10 top spoken word acts take on a persona that they think epitomises the VERY WORST in spoken word, take part in a competitive slam, whereupon the VERY WORST poet wins. There is commentary from a judging panel, themselves also fictional characters; scorekeeping from Angry White Male (aka Bram E Gieben), hosting by Paula Varjack and Dan Simpson and finally, a winner….

The story in pictures follows. Warning: features cats, nappies and occasional dancing….

Our thirsty poets warm up backstage….

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The awesome Erin and Katy await the baying crowds…

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We prepare to hand over our event to Varjack & Simpson (sobbing internally)….

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And then the Anti-Slam starts with a sacrifice by Angry White Male and his Angry White Verse!

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Collating the scores for himself, Mr Male sets the standard of

unbiased recording of marks for the evening….

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And we’re off! First up: Indy Sisive! (Catherine Wilson)

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Duncan McWhirter! (Max Scratchmann)

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Judgemental judgings from Broad, Rally, and the Former Godfather of Scottish Spoken Word, Mr Andrew Blair who, when he was 12 had a helluva lot of things happen to him that gave him many anecdotes to compare his experiences back then to how goddam awful the experience of hearing these poems was…..

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Eli Tism! (Rachel Rankin) Broad can never be her friend, ye know…

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Benny ‘Deadbeat’ Goodman! (Alec Beattie) “Utter filth.” (Everyone)

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Dan is told to check his privilege by Angry White Male….

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And then Kitty Muffin-top, sex-positive baker, on the wonders of yeast and, um, some other things too…… (We’ll never bake again….)

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A crowd shot, to prove that the majority of our audience did not, at this point, leave…. (Thanks for the photo-shop, Chris Scott!) 😉

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Kitty Cat took to the stage and bribed the judges with fluff and edible things for kitties. It worked, with a respectably terrible score from all 3 judges….

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And then……

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BEDWETTER….

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Oh….

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my…..

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God.

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After several shots and some truly stupendous reaction from audience and panel alike, we moved on to Cent E. Mental (Lara S Williams) and her awfully twee, heartfelt (and bokey) love poems! Hm. Maybe they weren’t that bokey. Maybe we were still minding the subject matter of BEDWETTER’s (aka Tickle’s) slam poem….. Hm…..

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Dan loses the will to ask for responses….

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And Paula laughs at him. Or it might have been at a poet. We can’t remember. We’re still recovering.

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On to penultimate poet @FredRAlexander on Twitter & Instagram! (Aka Freddie Alexander.) A hispter nightmare. Terrible marks. (That’s a good thing – are you keeping up? We almost weren’t by this point….)

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And finally! DOUG TRIHARDER (Doug Garry) He was a bit bad really.

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After some conferring, and Angry White Male continuing to attempt to address Dan’s privilege problems through the medium of scowly dance….. We had our three finalists! Kitty Muffintop, @FredRAlexander On Twitter & Instagram and Doug Triharder!

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And……

DOUG TRIHARDER WAS OUR WINNER!

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And, as if that wasn’t enough, we then had plenty of dancing and celebrations that it was AAAAAAAALLLLLLL OVER, with the absolutely stonking A New International!

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And then we all went home and had nightmares.

THANK YOU to Paula Varjack, Dan Simpson, Bram E Gieben and all the Anti-Slammers for being such tremendously good sports in all of this thrilling nonsense! Massive thanks too to the brilliant audience. It was one of the funniest things we’ve ever seen – a perfect Takeover.

Follow Paula @paulavarjack and Dan @dansimpsonpoet to keep up-to-date with all of their other events in the UK.

We’re back on Fri 22 Jan in Edina and Sun 24 Jan in Glasgow. See ye then! xx

 

 

Introducing….The Anti-Slam Slammers!

 – Rally & Broad: The Takeover Editions #1 –

Fri 18th Dec, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh 7pm.

£6 on the door, £5 in advance. Tickets  – here

(NB: Here is a picture of a mic, close-up. It is MANDATORY to accompany all articles on poetry slams with such an image. MANDATORY, WE SAY….) mic

We all know the importance of the Poetry Slam. Multiple poets, battling it out for lyrical glory and the perfect 10 marks from the judges, for everything from a book token to a place in the Scottish National Slam Championships. Maker of spoken word careers, breaker of egos and hearts, the slam is an integral and important part of any poetry ‘scene’….

And oh, how infinitely open to satire….. Which is exactly what The Anti-Slam, brain-child of London-based duo Paula Varjack & Dan Simpson do!

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Rally & Broad in December…The Takeover Editions!

Oh aye, we know it’s the weekend before Christmas, and all manner of work dos and Christmas shopping and celebrating shenanigans will be going on. Why not come down and celebrate them with a thoroughly irreverant series of takeovers for Rally & Broad? MISCHIEF WILL BE MADE. Also, dancing. Oh, this time, there will be dancin’…

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  • Rally & Broad meet Poets Against Humanity! With sets from Gav Prentice, Jim Monaghan and Teen Canteen. Sunday 20th December, 230 – 530pm, Stereo, Glasgow. £6 on doors or £5 in advance here.

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There Must Be Some Kinda Way Out of Here…Nov in pictures!

So, that was a glorious weekend of words, tunes and lyrical delight from TWELVE amazing acts! We joked, we thieved, businessmen they drank our wine, and we asked for clarification for what that joker actually said to the thief… Thanks to all involved!

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Rally & Broad: Said The Joker To The Thief! (NOVEMBER LINE UPS!!)

Greetings! We hope this finds you well and grand and aw that! Thanks to all of you who came to our relaunch weekend shows in Edina, Dundee and Glasgow. Quite a perty was had! And now – to November!

We’ve lined up two top-notch bills of new voices and emerging artists for both Edina and Glasgow! Committed as we are to showcasing the best up-and-coming performers alongside more established acts, in Edina we’ve got headliner Findlay Napier alongside six new authors, performers and poets we’ve been itching to get on our stages for a while (3 from Edinburgh, 3 from Glasgow); and in Glasgow we’ve headliners Sophia Walker and Be Charlotte with new work from Hannah McGill, music from Billy Liar, and introducing South African poet and performer Toni Stuart.

Tickets for Edina: £6 on the door, £5.50 (inc booking fee) in advance here – http://www.thebongoclub.co.uk/event/rally-broad-said-the-joker-to-the-thief

Tickets for Glasgow: £6 on the door, £4.50 (plus booking fee) in advance here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rally-broad-said-the-joker-to-the-thief-glasgow-tickets-19255200824

FINDLAY NAPIER!  

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Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter. “An original, engaging treat.” (The Telegraph) “Songs full of earthy humour, hopeless love and biting satire.” (Folk Radio UK)  ★★★★  “Album of the Week: Napier is a warm, witty and engaging singer with a real gift for melody.” (The Sunday Express) More at: www.findlaynapier.com

SAM RIVIERE!

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Sam Riviere is an Eric Gregory award-winning poet who also won the Felix Dennis Award for Best First Collection in 2010 for his collection 81 Austeritieshttp://samriviere.com/

AGNES TOROK!

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A performer and poet rapidly gaining notice for her political and social commentary including hit performance poem ‘Worthless’ and solo shows ‘If You’re Happy & You Know It Take This Survey’ (2015) and ‘Sorry, I Don’t Speak Culture.’ (2014) More at: www.agnestorok.org

VICKI JARRETT!

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Novelist and short story writer, whose first collection of short stories, The Way Out, was published by Freight in 2015 and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, 2015. www.vickijarrett.com

MARTIN O’CONNOR!

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Performer, writer and theatre-maker whose work includes Theology (The Arches), Reality (The Tron), Inner Circle (Glasgow Subway Festival), Zugzwang and Manifesto (The Arches). http://www.martinoconnor.info/about.html

IONA LEE!

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Poet, artist and prose writer; an exciting new voice in the Scottish spoken word scene. Read her beautiful poems here – https://ionalee23.wordpress.com/

GENESEE!

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Kenyan/ Scottish singer of poems and songs, with beautifully crafted tales and astonishing performances. Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/genesee

Trust us! These six artists PLUS our stellar musical headliner will make for a show that will knock yer socks off, should ye be wearing any.

Meanwhile, in Glasgow…

SOPHIA WALKER!

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BBC Slam Champion (2013) Sophia Walker is an internationally renowned poet and teaching artist. Her spoken word shows have toured through theatres in the UK and internationally to critical acclaim, winning Best UK Spoken Word Show 2014,  and the awards for Best Spoken Word Show on the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2013 and 2014. Her debut collection Opposite the Tourbus was published by Burning Eye Press in 2014. www.poetwalker.com

BE CHARLOTTE!

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The pitch perfect Dundee songwriter has already taken massive strides in the UK and US wowing audiences with her impeccable vocals during an absolutely captivating live show. Her performance involves live instrumentation and digital production techniques which encapsulates the spirit of an artist always willing to break the rules and pave her own way in the music industry. Listen here – http://charlotte-music.co.uk/ 

BILLY LIAR!

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  Billy Liar’s take on acoustic punk has been widely appreciated throughout the scene in recent years. With little more than his distinctive voice and trusty acoustic guitar, he writes and performs songs that are ferociously captivating. https://officialbillyliar.bandcamp.com/

HANNAH MCGILL!

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An author, writer, critic and former Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hannah is also a skilled and imaginative writer of short stories, one of which she will share with us at this event!

TONI STUART!

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Toni Stuart is a South African poet, performer and spoken word educator, who works both locally and internationally. In 2013, she was named in the Mail and Guardian’s list of 200 inspiring Young South Africans for her work in co-founding I Am Somebody! – an NGO that uses storytelling and youth development to build integrated communities, and in 2014, was part of the Scottish Poetry Library’s Commonwealth Poets United exchange.

LINE-UPS, PALS, WHAT LINE-UPS!

(And dare we say it, for those programmers who say it’s really hard to find female performers to book…? Um. *Swipes ye with one of oor flyers* 🙂