Edinburgh Cabarets

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* 🙂

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….

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  • 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.

xx

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Ev’ry Time We Say GoodBye (Edinburgh)…End of Season Shows!

Friday 19th June, 7pm, The Bongo Club, Cowgate, Edinburgh. With Ross Sutherland, Hannah Silva, Dan Willson (Withered Hand), Ryan Van Winkle and Caro Bridges. Tickets £5, and available in advance here

…we die a little..

And thus it ends…for this Season at least. We’ve come to the end of our third year Rally-ing & Broad-ing about the place, and we’re aff for a nap in July*. But we couldn’t go without saying goodbye… and what a goodbye it will be. Celebrating all things au revoir, a bientot, toodlepip, farewell and see ye soon with us…

[*Never fear, loves: plots are afoot for Season 4, starting from October, and we’ll be bobbing about Edinburgh in August too…come see us with our very own solo shows at SHIFT/ at Summerhall!]

ROSS SUTHERLAND!

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One of the UK’s top poets and performers. Author of four collections of poetry, member of the Aisle 16 collective, and currently touring acclaimed new show ‘Standby For Tape Back-Up’, Sutherland is an ingenious writer of stunningly unique work.

Beautifully crafted, strikingly original”★★★★ The Telegraph

Dizzyingly clever”★★★★ The Independent

http://www.rosssutherland.co.uk

HANNAH SILVA!

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Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language in performance. Her work explores a wide range of subjects: from political rhetoric (Opposition) to paranormal science (Total Man), teenage sexual identity (Orchid) to long distance running (Marathon Tales). Her current performance, Schlock!, is a meditation on pain, the body and the self, consent, complicity and ownership. She has given some of the most jaw dropping sets on a Rally & Broad stage, and we’re absolutely delighted to have her back in Edinburgh.

“One of the most ambitious and entertaining poets in the country.” (The Times)

http://hannahsilva.co.uk/

DAN WILLSON aka WITHERED HAND!

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A set of beautifully executed songs from one of Scotland’s most gifted songwriters. Described as ‘The UK’s best lyricist’ by King Creosote in The Independent, Dan’s live solo performances are fragile, beautiful and uplifting.

“Endlessly loveable stuff” (NME)

http://witheredhand.com/

RYAN VAN WINKLE!

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Ryan’s critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. A forthcoming second collection is forthcoming from Penned in the Margins. An Edinburgh-based poet and live-artist, Ryan has toured nationally and internationally including at the Erbil Literature Festival in Iraq; as part of the Auld Enemies tour, and the Wordstorm Festival in Darwin. He’s recently launched his new collection The Good Dark with Penned In The Margins, and we’re excited to hear from it. Ryan is also an endlessly generous promoter, collaborator, tour organiser, podcast maestro and overall galvanising force for the Edinburgh poetry scene (although he’d never admit it, and you probably don’t realise you’ve been galvanised until he’s left the building). The Golden Hour, which ran at The Forest in Bristo Place, was one of the inspirations behind Rally & Broad…oh look what you’ve done, Ryan! xx

“Here is a new and authentic voice with a punch in the language.” — Penelope Shuttle

http://ryanvanwinkle.com/

and CARO BRIDGES!

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Summery and sweet, varied and interesting, Caro’s words and tunes can’t fail to make you smile. Having performed extensively, both solo and with her band The River, Caro returns to the The Bongo Club after being support act for A New International’s album launch, hosted by Rally & Broad. We loves her.

https://carobridges.bandcamp.com/

And with all the usual spraffling, raffling and lyrical nonsense from your hosts Rally (Jenny Lindsay) & the Broad (Rachel McCrum). Ours is a double brandy and Red Bull, and some Nytol, aye? We’ll pour the champagne. xx

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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. 

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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.

With…

AIDAN MOFFAT!

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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.

http://www.aidanmoffat.co.uk/

KATHRYN JOSEPH!

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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)

www.kathrynjoseph.co.uk

ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH!

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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.

http://www.anneliesemackintosh.com/

MCGUIRE!

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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.

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

LIZ CRONIN!

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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!

http://www.last.fm/music/Liz+Cronin

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

‘Dance While The Sky Crashes Down’ (Edinburgh)

Rally & Broad present…’Dance While The Sky Crashes Down.’ Friday 20th March, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh. With RM Hubbert, Alan Bissett, Lynsey May, Elyssa Vulpes and the 2015 Scottish Slam Champion. Doors at 7pm. £5.

You know we always love to dance. This month, we’re kicking up our heels while we watch the sky fall down, sequins and silk in hand. Whether it’s utopia, dystopia or just good old fashioned apocalypse, we’re dancing through it all. Come waltz over the rubble with us.

See you at the front? Ours is a swirl of radiation and star dust.*

It’s a particularly lush bill of delights this month. Joining us…

RM HUBBERT!

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Prolific Glasgow-born songwriter and guitarist who, in his own words, “writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone”. He is the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013 (forThirteen Lost & Found); was short-listed for the SAY Awards in 2014 (for Breaks & Bones) and his live performances “provide the rare spectacle of a noisy rabble falling instantly silent to marvel at both his technical ability and the emotional impact of his music” (The Scotsman)

http://www.rmhubbert.com/

ALAN BISSETT! 

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Speaking of prolific: Alan Bissett is a novelist, performer, activist, theatre-maker, playwright and essayist – a man of many literary talents and firm Rally & Broad favourite. His Collected Plays from 2009 – 14 are released this month by Freight Books and demonstrate why Bissett is one of Scotland’s brightest, multi-award-winning literary and theatrical talents.

http://alanbissett.com/

LYNSEY MAY!

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Lynsey lives, loves and writes in Edinburgh. She was born to be wild but she didn’t realise and got into the habit of keeping receipts paying her taxes on time. Her stories are where the wildness runs free.

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ELYSSA VULPES!

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…dreams and firelight, shadow and rock and roll. Late night tales of witchcraft, mystery and desire from battle-scarred survivors of the Love Wars…

http://www.elyssavulpes.com/

...and the 2015 Scottish Slam Champion BRAM E. GIEBEN!

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Scotland, hail your champion! Rally & Broad were both in attendance at the Scottish Slam Finals at the end of February, and such a night it was. We are without fingertips. The rightful winner, in the midst of glorious competition, was none other than Bram E. Gieben and we are delighted to have him (back) on the Rally & Broad stage.  Self described poet, performer, rapper, musician, novelist, journalist, record producer, ex-Chemikal Poet, Post-cyberpunk miserablist and crime junkie, it’s all held in one furious balance. Come and marvel.

http://www.bramegieben.co.uk/

* and with due credit given to Jason Webley, where the title of this month’s show has come from.

Rally & Broad present…On Bondage! Up Yours!

Friday 20th February, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. Doors at 7pm, £5. With Salena Godden, Kirsty Law and Band, Kevin Williamson, Graeme Hawley and Liz Cronin.

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Little girls should be seen and not heard…

This February, Rally & Broad is celebrating all things smashy smashy, throwing off the ties that bind and the chains that weigh us down. Everyone, everywhere, rise up and get down. No nonsense now, let’s boogie…

Joining us for the revolution are…

SALENA GODDEN!

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Poet, performer and author of acclaimed memoir Springfield Road, Godden is a UK spoken word powerhouse whose writing is “urgent and detailed; colourful and clamorous.” (The Times)

http://www.salenagodden.com
KIRSTY LAW & BAND!

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With songs from new album Shift, Scots singer-songwriter Kirsty Law and her band (Rona Wilkie & Marit Falt) are a captivating live act. “’Beautiful and feisty… it’s a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs… a young musician doing things her own way’ (Karine Polwart)

http://www.kirstylaw.com

KEVIN WILLIAMSON!

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Founder of Rebel Inc, and co-producer of Neu Reekie, Williamson is a poet, author, publisher and cultural activist whose previous works include Drugs and The Party Line and In A Room Darkened.

@williamsonkev


GRAEME HAWLEY!

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A former Scottish Slam Champion and writer of witty, poignant verse, Hawley is a regularly performing poet in Edinburgh and programmer of the TriColour poetry events at the National Library of Scotland.

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… and LIZ CRONIN!

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Liz Cronin’s darkly comic and kidding-on-the-square lyrical content is known for eliciting a range of emotional responses from her audience. In Rally & Broad’s case, the emotional response is sheer awe. We love her, and we’re delighted to have back to the stage.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liz-Cronin-Musical-Shambles

Phew. See you at the front? Ours is a sledgehammer, and a bag of salt and vinegar.

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The Apology Shop – Edinburgh!

Pictures! The Apology Shop @The Bongo Club, Edinburgh on Friday 23rd January. With Christopher Willatts (and special guest Toby Mottershead), Emily Dodd, special guest Ryan Van Winkle […it was a special guest kinda night… Ed.], Francesca Beard, the mighty Hector Bizerk, Rally, the Broad & hunners of audience. It was a Good Show. 

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