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Because the Night… – Rally & Broad 50th Show! With The Mental Health Foundation.

Rally & Broad ‘Because the Night’ – Friday 15th May, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With Aidan Moffat, Kathryn Joseph, Anneliese Mackintosh, McGuire and Liz Cronin. Doors at 730pm, £5. 

…belongs to us…


This month marks our 50th event since those heady, hectic begininings in October 2012 and to celebrate that, and many other things beside, Because The Night! pulls together some of our most favourite past acts alongside newcomers to the R&B stage!

In both Edinburgh and Glasgow we’ll be celebrating The Night with the help of excellent line-ups, and in Edinburgh, an extra-special partnership gig in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Because The Night! (Edinburgh) is simultaneously a sparkling line-up of utterly delicious lyrical delight to celebrate the Night (that is, the show, the show, our 50th show!) as well as being a celebration of using the arts to address the stigma of ill mental health.




Prolific and multi-talented Scottish songwriter in a special spoken word set. You know it all…Arab Strap, Mogwai collaborations, the collaborations with everyone left, right and centre, Lucky Pierre and a children’s book with Cargo Publishers, ‘The Lavender Blue Dress. So. Much. We are excited.



Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated; Kathryn is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. With songs from new album ‘bones you have thrown me and blood I have spilled.’

Bruised and yet beautiful, down but not out, her wonderful, visceral songs knocked King Tut’s for six. She is the real thing.” **** (The Herald)



Author of highly acclaimed Any Other Mouth (Freight Books) and captivating live reader, Mackintosh returns to the R&B stage. We’re thrilled to see her again.

Winner of WINNER OF THE GREEN CARNATION PRIZE and listed in Books Of The Year 201 in The Herald, Favourite Books Of 2014 in The Scotsman, Top Scottish Books Of 2014 in The List,The Best Books Of 2014 in Civilian, Books Of The Year in The Cadaverine, The Best Fiction From 2014 in Scots Whay Hae! And Voted Top 10 inThe Readers’ 10 Best Books Of The Year So Far, The Guardian.



McGuire’s first full collection “As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning” is a wild mixture of poetry and short stories. In the spirit of verging on discovering catastrophe, the collection displays McGuire’s tendency toward the confessional, the social-realistic and absurd. Expect a live performance confronting Scottish cultural life, perversion, identity, masculinity and addiction.



Edinburgh-based songwriter and lyricist whose songs about love, life and sorrow are simultaneously heart-breaking and hilarious. An R&B favourite and for very good reason!


With extra-special Rally & Broad based antics from yer resident hosts Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. xx

Lightbulbs & Bathtubs…The Eureka Moment, Glasgow!

Photographs from Rally & Broad: The Eureka Moment! at Stereo, Glasgow on Sunday 30 November 2014. All photos credited to Chris Scott – see his Flickr for the full set!

So. This month was all themed around Eureka moments, revelations, epiphanies and…er…lightbulbs. This meant the audience activity for this month (‘Come Learn With Rally & Broad!…’) asked folk to fill in a crossword about electricity, energy and so so […seriously? you guys are so very rock n’ roll…Ed.] and then…er…come up with a limerick. What we forgot to say was that you could then hand the poems in to get a shiny prize. So, no one handed them in. So, we thought we really had just bored the brains out of folk, and no could be arsed. We were so wrong. We found them all at the end. Yous really, REALLY put some work into this. You’re all damn fine people, and we are eejits. We will make amends. In the meantime…they’re printed below in all their glory (as accurate as we could make them..) Thank you! Thank you all!

love, R&B xx

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There was a young man with a taste

For cooking with nuclear waste

For two years or three

He indulged, dearie me

Till the flesh fell from his face.


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 Archy’s lady, in his bath, she lay

Giggling at her image’s golden ray

A voice called ‘Eureka!;

She couldn’t see the speaker

till he fell, translucent, where she lay.

(Siofra, Erfan, Elina, Laura)

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 There once was a girl called Lola

Who extolled the virtues of solar [panels]

Every cunt was like ‘oil!’

She’s like ‘naw, this joint’s gonna boil

think of the bears, polar!’

(Calum R)

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 There once was a man with a power station

Who won a contract to frack the nation

He was the owner of INEOS

The cunt didn’t give a toss

Now Scotland will feel that sinking sensation.


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There was a young woman whose goal

Was to burn up a shitload of coal

On the day she was paid

She bought a big spade

And dug a huge fucking hole.


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There once was a rod of plutonium

Who they thought they were renewable like a harmonium

But tidal and solar called

And said ‘You’re not renewable at all’

………………………………………………….. pandemonium.



And while not strictly a limerick, definitely worth an honourable mention…


Two girls on an adventure train to Glasgow

To watch + listen to the Rally & Broad Show

They said it’s about electricity

And its connectivity

And with a feeling that resonates in its simplicity

Eureka! To the measure of their get up & go

I say bravo!



Thank ye all, and see you on December 28th for ‘The Hangover Special!’


‘The Eureka Moment!’ – Glasgow, Sunday 30th November

Rally & Broad present…’The Eureka Moment!’, Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. Doors at 230pm, show starts at 3pm sharp! £5.


This month we’re celebrating the times when it all just falls into place. And a Greek guy in a bath. Definitely him. Helping us with these moments of joy and revelation, light and epiphany are…






Multi-talented writer, author, spoken word performer, musician, producer… we could go on. Our headline act for this month is the fabulous Aidan Moffat!




A spooky musical backdrop of gospel, early rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, rockabilly and country…in other words: Strange Blue Dreams indeed. **** (Glasgow Herald)



Rosie Garland -credit Jonathan  Bean


Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and sings in post-punk band The March Violets. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been widely published, including Mslexia, The Rialto, The Bangalore Review and The East Coast Literary Review. She has five solo collections of poetry, the most recent being ‘Everything Must Go’ (Holland Park Press, 2012). She has performed internationally, from the Cheltenham Festival of Literature to the Bowery Poetry Club, New York. Her debut novel ‘The Palace of Curiosities’ (HarperCollins 2013) won the 2011 Mslexia novel competition and was Co-operative Bank Book of the Year 2013. Her second novel, ‘Vixen’ came out in July 2014.





Chrissy Barnacle is a singer-songwriter hailing from the grimy shores of the Clyde whose yearning and often fantastical lyrics are brimming with turmoil and optimism.

We’re all made up for this one, pals, we really are. See you at the front. Ours is a plate of nachos.