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Once More, With Feeling…the final pix.

In which Rally & Broad present ‘Once More, With Feeling!’, the very last Edinburgh cabaret, to a packed and hollering audience in the Bongo Club. With Paper Rifles, Lara Williams, Caroline Bird, Don Paterson and Maud the Moth. Photos, as ever, by Chris Scott.

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‘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… 

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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…

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An Announcement from Rally & Broad HQ

Dearest folks,

We hope this finds you very well. This is a very special announcement from Rally & Broad Towers!


Over the past four years, Rally & Broad has been showcasing the best of Scotland-based spoken word, new authors, new voices and more lyrical delight and musical goodness than we could possibly quantify, and we have been utterly delighted to do so.


But, ladies and gentlemen, it befalls us this fair morning to announce that this will be the last ever Season of Rally & Broad. Our June shows in Edinburgh and Glasgow will see Rally & Broad’s last cabarets – and we’re going out with a BANG!


We have seen Rally & Broad grow from humble beginnings at the Counting House in 2012 to stellar monthly shows in Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield; growing our wonderful team; delighting in seeing the audiences come back month after month; and being so thrilled to be able to provide a platform to some of the best Scottish and international artists out there. We’ve laughed, cried, swooned, and eaten a lot of biscuits along the way. It’s been wonderful.

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We wouldn’t change a single thing about the last four years (except that night we did shots of cherry bourbon after the December 2014 show. Brutal, brutal times….), but the time has come to hang up our matching kimonos and say adieu to Rally & Broad. We want to bring Rally & Broad to a glorious close, riding high. We – Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum – will both be pursuing different passions in and for the spoken word scene in Scotland, which we so thoroughly adore. Also, Broad and Rally would dearly love to go for a long walk up a beautiful hill before lying down in the long grass to eat peaches (for a few years, at least).

 

 

 

However! We ain’t going quietly, ladsour final shows are absolute firecrackers!

See the lineups below and get yer tickets bought now (click through the links…). Oh come, do come along…

  • Edinburgh! Fri 20th May, 7pm, Bongo Club! With… Black Doves! Paula Varjack! Harry Giles! Kirsty Law! Sam Small!
  • Glasgow! Sun 22nd May, 230pm, Stereo!  With…Karine Polwart! Christopher Brookmyre! Denise Mina! TV JOY! Michelle Fisher! 

And for our last shows – OUR VERY LAST SHOWS – we’ll be doing it ‘Once More, With Feeling…’

  • Edinburgh! Friday 17th June, The Bongo Club, 7pm.  With…Don Paterson! Caroline Bird! Maud the Moth! Lara Williams! Paper Rifles! 
  • Glasgow! Sunday 19th June, Stereo, 230pm. With…AL Kennedy! A New International! Jonnie Common! McGuire! Roseanne Reid! Georgia Bartlett-McNeill! 

(With an After-Party in Glasgow after the show, of course… ;))

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We will also have one last Rally & Broad Masterclass weekend, with the incredibly talented poet, performer and playwright Caroline Bird on 25th – 27th November at the beautiful Moniack Mhor – see details and booking here .  We’re also both delighted to be part of the fantastic, ambitious and wonderful Scottish Schools Poetry Slam project, brought to you by the team at Confab, which will be running September and October 2016. (More info here)

 

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Phew! Well. Aye. There you go. So. Aye.

We’d like to thank you, lovely, awesome audiences; everyone who has ever performed on the Rally & Broad stage; and our wonderful R&B team for all your support over the last four years. We couldn’t have done it without you; we wouldn’t have dreamed that we could. It’s been quite a time, lads, quite a time.

Please do come join us and toast Rally & Broad, and all who have sailed in her. We hope to see you at some of the last shows.

All our love. All  of it. Really.

Rachel & Jenny

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Spoken word Masterclasses with Rally & Broad in 2016!

Hello all!

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And so…we are DELIGHTED to announce that we will be running three sets of weekend masterclasses in the spring of 2016 with three incredible spoken word performers: Francesca Beard, Ross Sutherland and Caroline Bird! The first two masterclasses will take place at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and the final one with Caroline Bird as a residential weekend up in Moniack Mhor in Invernesshire.

These masterclasses grew out of our pilot series last spring. They are suitable for more experienced performers  of spoken word, over 18 years old, who have already undertaken at least one feature set and are looking to develop their practice. In addition, participants from the first two Masterclasses will be invited to showcase their work at a special event at the Scottish Poetry Library on Thursday 14th April 2016.

Booking for Francesca’s masterclass in February is open NOW! For full details on the content of the workshops including how to apply for a place, please read on… 🙂

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  • Friday 5th (evening), Sat 6th & Sun 7th February 2016 (1030 – 4pm): Francesca Beard. Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. £90, 12 places.

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Because The Night…(Glasgow edit)

Rally & Broad ‘Because the Night…’ at Stereo, Glasgow, on Sunday 31st May. With Caroline Bird, The Last September, Alan Bissett (and friends), Hailey Beavis and Marianne Macrae. And all ye who came. All photos by Chris Scott.

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Because The Night…Rally & Broad in Glasgow in May (& it’s our 50th Show!*)

Rally & Broad: Because the Night…Sunday 31st May, Stereo, Glasgow. With Caroline Bird, The Last September, Marianne MacRae and Hailey Beavis. Tickets £5 on the door on in advance here

…belongs to us…

Hola, comrades.

George Orwell reckoned you get the face you deserve at 50…

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From oor very first show in Edinburgh in October 2012. Look at those fresh wee mugs…

In May 2015, we’re celebrating our FIFTIETH SHOW!

Well, sortof – in all honesty, we’re not entirely sure if the 50th show is in Edinburgh or Glasgow and actually, it might well be our 57th, but pedantry bedamned, frankly. We’re going to have a party. There might be cake. Because The Night…belongs to us. In all its forms and dreams and terrors. Come raise a glass with us…

With some of our favourite old faces (they’re not old. It’s just…aye, ye ken…) and some utterly delightful new ones

CAROLINE BIRD!

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Caroline Bird is one of the most dynamic, incisive, astounding performance poets in the UK, while also being a playwright, performer and much more. The Hat-Stand Union (Carcanet) is her fourth published collection of poetry, and she’ll be reading from that, and new work besides. Also, she is an excellent drinking companion. We can testify.

‘Bird is irrepressible; she simply explodes with poetry. The work erupts, spring-loaded, funny, sad, deadly – you don’t know if a bullet will come out of the barrel or a flag with the word BANG on it.’
Simon Armitage

http://www.carolinebird.co.uk/

ALAN BISSETT!

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Author, playwright, theatre-maker, performer, activist. We never know what Alan is going to bring to the R&B stage, and we love him for that. We don’t know what he’s planning this time either. Come and see….

Bissett is a terrific performer, capable of terrifying, high-speed transitions…[has] wit, sharp political intelligence, and an ability to entertain his growing army of fans.’ (Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman)

http://alanbissett.com/

THE LAST SEPTEMBER!

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The Last September are on an exciting detour into fresh musical territory, inspired by indie, folk, rock and the odd spaghetti-western thrown in for good measure. Come hear tunes from new album Volcano!

‘…tight, driven and energetic’

http://www.thelastseptember.co.uk/

MARIANNE MACRAE!

858720_10152637770660235_2108050673_oSurreal tales and poetic meanderings through the off-kilter of the everyday. Marianne is one of our new favourite voices on the spoken word scene in Scotland. Did you hear the one about the squirrel?

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…and HAILEY BEAVIS!

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Exciting and innovative artist, singer-songwriter and performer, Hailey Beavis is not only lyrically delightful but utterly captivating on stage. An R&B favourite and a must-see act!

http://www.last.fm/music/Hailey+Beavis

And all the usual spraffing and raffling with your resident comperes, poets, players-with-words, Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. Come celebrate with us. Ours is a slab of Victoria Sponge and a glass of warm beer.

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