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Rally & Broad: BOOKED! @ Clydebank Town Hall!

Afternoon! A heads-up that on MONDAY 16TH MAY Rally & Broad will be taking a merry team of lyrical delightfulness to Clydebank Town Hall for the wonderful BOOKED! festival! Check out our shiny line-up below!  Tickets are only £5 and we’re thrilled to be taking our show to a new place!

We hope to see you there, with Chrissy Barnacle, A New International, Malachy Tallack and Kevin Gilday! Tickets here:

More on the line-up!

A New International!

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 Lush, poetic, bittersweet romanticism; an evocative mixture of cinematic strings, circus lights, carnival and cabaret, music hall, gypsy, chanson, a little bit of folk, a little bit of flamenco, yet with pop at its beating heart – welcome to the world of Glasgow’s finest, A New


6 Questions for…Malachy Tallack & Chrissy Barnacle!

Malachy & Chrissy will be performing together as part of our Ampersand Sessions on Sunday 21st February at Stereo, GlasgowStereo, Glasgow, as part of an amazing bill including Emma Pollock, Katie Ailes & Catherine Wilson (Loud Poets), and Jenny Lindsay & Heir of the Cursed (formerly Genesee). Tickets just £5 in advance or £6 on the door! ‘mon down!

In the meantime, our intrepid wummin on the ground in Glasgow, Josephine Sillars, asked Malachy and Chrissy a few searching questions…

  1. I’m very excited to hear what your collaborative piece is. Without giving too much away, what can we expect to hear from you both?

Malachy: We’ve written a couple of songs together before, and we’ll probably be playing at least one of those on Sunday. Hopefully we’ll have a new song or two for the occasion as well

Chrissy: Harmonies and hooks, I hope. With minimal choruses.


‘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)!

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…


Lord Knows I’ve Paid Some Dues.

Rally & Broad ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Season 4 relaunch! Friday 23rd October, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With Dog On A Swing (and Castle Chorus), Chrissy Barnacle, Harry Giles, Loki with Becci Wallace and Delighted People. And many fine audience folk. In association with the Mental Health Foundation, presented as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.


Rally & Broad…Le Grand Relaunch! It’s Here!

Comrades! Pals! Dearest! Lend us your whatsits! It’s finally here! Season 4 is GO! With not one but FOUR events coming up this very week…come see us in Edinburgh, Dundee and/or Glasgow, with some most excellent of friends….


  • Friday 23rd October: ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Rally & Broad in association with the Mental Health Foundation. With Delighted Peoples, Loki & Becci Wallace, Harry Giles, Chrissy Barnacle and Dog On A Swing. Doors 7pm, the Bongo Club, Edinburgh. £5 on the door or in advance here. Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
  • Saturday 24th October: Rally & Broad at Literary Dundee! With Toby Mottershead (Black Diamond Express) and Lucy Ribchester. 9 – 1030pm, Bonar Hall, Dundee. £3/£2 on the door or in advance here.
  • Sunday 25th October: ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ (Glasgow edition). With Blue Rose Code, Martin Figura, Helen Ivory, Cat Hepburn & The Miss’s. With special guest performer, Iranian writer Sepideh Jodeyri, in association with Scottish Pen. Doors 230pm, Stereo, Glasgow. £5 on the door or in advance here.

Not only these three tasty extravaganzas to get Season 4 well and truly underway, but we’ll also be hosting the Saltire Society 2015 Literary Award Shortlist announcements on Thursday 22nd October in Edinburgh. It’s gonna be a busy old week. We can’t wait to get cracking, and we’d love to see your faces.

Catch you at the front? Ours is a raspberry martini.


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We’re all Tangled Up In Blue…Season 4 Launch!

Rally & Broad ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Season 4 relaunch!

Friday 23rd October, Edinburgh, Bongo Club. 730 – 1030pm, in association with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Tickets £5 – available here!

Sunday 25th October, Glasgow, Stereo. 230 – 530pm. Tickets £5: available here!

Dearest pals!

We’re utterly delighted to be back for our FOURTH SEASON, which will see us continuing our core cabarets in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as various other bits and bobs that we’ll tell ye about as we go. 


We’re launching in the weekend of Fri 23 – Sun 25th October! Have a wee squizz at our terrifically eclectic line-ups! Spread the word, diaries oot, click attending on that Facebook (Edina, Glasgow) pen us in, and come on down!


We’ve teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. And whit a line-up we have….

‘Ire & Salt’/’Do Not Alight Here Again’ – new pamphlets from Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum

This is definitely not a Rally & Broad event. No, no. It’s the new pamphlets from Stewed Rhubarb Press. An event in Edinburgh, an event in Glasgow. But it’s definitely not a Rally & Broad. It just happens to contain some of the same supporting cast. jennyandrachel The events…

  • Thursday 16th April, The Old Hairdresser’s. With support from Chrissy Barnacle.
  • 7 – 9pm, suggested donation of £3. Doors at 630pm.

The pamphlets… Ire & Salt Set to the backdrop of the referendum on Scottish independence, the pieces represented in Jenny Lindsay’s second pamphlet reflect a personal journey grappling with the contradictions in Scottish culture, in calls for independence, and in the way we view and try to attain personal and political power. Empowerment, individualism, autonomy, alienation – this pamphlet flips the lid on a life where depression and anxiety meets hopeful and inspiring political engagement meets frustration, ire and salt. “Defiant, eloquent and inspiring.” (Andrew Eaton-Lewis, The Scotsman) Do Not Alight Here Again Crossings, sailing, borders, salt, fathers, women, appetite, colonialism, home, grief. Rachel McCrum’s second pamphlet has been two and a half years in the cooking. It explores coming with to terms with life in a country that is in the middle of deciding its own future when you only – sortof – come from there. ‘The sense that this is the perfect way to say something is never far off…’ (Poetry Scotland) The poets… Jenny Lindsay Jenny Lindsay was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Maybole, South Ayrshire. She began her performing career as a singer-songwriter, whose lyrics were always better than her singing. In 2002 she discovered the live poetry world and thus began over a decade of writing, performing and promoting Scottish spoken word. Jenny’s poetry has featured on BBC Radio Scotland, the Rob Da Bank Show (BBC Radio 1), STV’s Nightlines, Channel 4 News and the BBC World Service. She has also appeared on Newsnight and Newsnight Scotland, and featured in the documentaries Homage To Scotland (dir. Justin Webster) and Scotland Yet (dir. Jack Foster, Christopher Silver). Her debut collection, The Things You Leave Behind was published by Red Squirrel Press in March 2011. Her first pamphlet The Eejit Pit (2012) is published by Stewed Rhubarb Press. She also features in Be The First To Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Press: 2014) and Inspired By Independence (Word Power, 2014). Jenny writes about people, love, loss, politics, alienation, Scotland, and Edinburgh, where she continues to live and breathe. When she is not teaching, writing or promoting Jenny enjoys an occasional nap, frothy ales, and holding the world to rights in some Edinburgh bar-shack. Rachel McCrum Rachel McCrum arrived in Edinburgh in 2010, via Manchester, Belfast, New Zealand, Oxford and a small seaside town in Northern Ireland. She works as a poet and performer, has worked to develop the spoken word scene in Edinburgh with Inky Fingers, Blind Poetics and now co- produces Rally & Broad, Scotland’s cabaret of music, words and lyrical delight. Her first pamphlet ‘The Glassblower Dances’ was awarded the 2013 Callum MacDonald Award, as a result of which, she was the 2013 Michael Marks Poet In Residence at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies in Nafplion, Greece. In Spring 2014, she toured performances and workshops in Johannesberg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa as one of the six Scotland based Commonwealth Poets United, supported by the Scottish Poetry Library and the British Council/Connect ZA. Her work has been included in the anthologies ‘Be The First To Like This’ (Vagabond Voices), ‘A Bird Is Not A Stone'(Freight Books) and ‘Double Bill’ (Red Squirrel Books). She has performed alongside Liz Lochhead, Phill Jupitus, William Letford and Don Paterson, at the Latitude and Wickerman Festivals and many other places. . Rachel’s work explores national and personal identity, loss, love, frustration and things questioned and unsaid. She believes passionately in setting up DIY platforms, likes red wine, dark chocolate and strong pickles, and once upon a time, she went sailing.

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.