Gosh, the April shows were jampacked with goodness! From Stereo on Sunday 26th April…The Creative Martyrs! Katy Hastie! A very special showing of Nae Pasaran! Luke Wright! Jonnie Common! Raffles! Spraffings! Solidarity! See ye next month…xx
Sunday 26th April, doors at 230pm. £5. Stereo, Glasgow. With Luke Wright, Jonnie Common, Kirstin Innes, Katy Hastie and The Creative Martyrs.
Eventbrite: You can book tickets in advance, didya know?!
Love love love. All you need is love. What it’s worth to you?
Joining us to suss all this out…
“Performance poetry’s key revivalist.” (Metro)
Luke Wright writes bawdy bar room ballads about small town tragedies and Westminster rogues. His fast paced, witty poems are crammed full of yummy mummies, debauched Tory grandees, maudlin commuters and leering tabloid paps. His live shows are enjoyed by thousands of people across the world every year, where he mixes the wistful with the downright comic to take audiences on an incredible emotional journey.
Glasgow-based songwriter and Rally & Broad favourite, with songs from latest EP Trapped in Amber. “With Trapped in Amber, He has taken sounds that are so bizarre that in isolation could be used by enterprising town councils to scare away feral pigeons.” (Folk Radio UK) Sounds barry tae us!
Kirstin’s debut novel Fishnet is published by Freight Books this month! Fishnet is about sex work, sisterhood and everyday economics, and is the result of three years’ worth of research.
‘Bold, sensual and unflinching, Fishnet lays bare a world too often misjudged and misunderstood. Kirstin Innes writes with courage, warmth and real insight. This is a hugely enjoyable and important book.’ – Emma Jane Unsworth
“Cosmic everymen occupying a perch roughly midway between Vladimir and Estragon and Laurel and Hardy, the Creative Martyrs specialise in satirical songs on ukulele and cello, and the explicit nudging of their audience’s political conscience.” (Time Out)
Hosted by resident comperes, poets and general players-with-words, Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. Give us your hearts. xx
Rally & Broad present…Dance While The Sky Crashes Down. Sunday 29th March, Stereo, Glasgow. With Apocalypse Redux (Bram E Gieben & Sam Small), No More Tiger, Hannah Jane Walker, Calum Rodger and Josephine Sillars. Door at 230pm, £5.
We’ll always dance. Let’s waltz over the rubble, strike a tango among the debris. Even when the sky is falling and the horsemen are riding in, whether it’s utopia or dystopia we’re facing, or maybe just the end, we’ll be making our steps. Come dance with us.
Joining us for the beautiful endtimes this month…
Reprising their 2014 battle of optimism and pessimism, poets Sam Small and Bram E Gieben set the stage for the struggle between hope and cynicism for the future of the human race. Bittersweet, passionate, furious. Not to be missed.
NO MORE TIGER!
No More Tiger sing songs about bus routes, doppelgängers, people lost on desert islands, siblings falling out, local rebels and, according to singer and multi-instrumentalist Flore, about nothing at all. There are echoes of The Andrews Sisters, The Ink Spots, Jonathan Richman, The B52s, The Cookies in their sound and even a touch of Moondog, though they still have a unique and strong musical identity all of their own. There’s a lovely warm very charming easy humour between the members of the group on stage that makes you feel glad to be in their company while they are on stage together. No More Tiger deliver irresistible, pop and are fast becoming one of Glasgow’s most exciting new bands.
HANNAH JANE WALKER!
Hannah is a poet and performer from Cambridge, now (sometimes) based in Edinburgh. She has toured nationally and internationally, and has written and performed in two award winning shows with playwright Chris Thorpe ‘The Oh Fuck Moment’ and ‘I Wish I Was Lonely’. She is passionate about engaging people with poetry and using poetry to have conversations and believes that poetry is just another way of talking, that poetry is for everyone and that it is something that we need as we go forward. We love her very much.
Where to start with the unending fire of inventiveness that is Calum Rodger? Poet, performer, PhDist undertaking research on the poetics of Scottish revolutionary Ian Hamilton Finlay, co wrangler of The Verse Hearse, member of the CENTRE FOR LULZ RESEARCH, TED talker, author of ‘Glasgow Flourishes.’ Aye, well, there’s a start. ‘In my leisure time hedonistic impulses compel me to chase poetic reverie and probe at the outer fringes of poetic possibility by all technological and psychological means available.’ There’s an end, for now. Come marvel.
…and JOSEPHINE SILLARS! (with the Glasgow launch of her debut EP!)
Josephine is a singer songwriter, originally from the Highlands, now living and studying in Glasgow. Her voice is a think of ethereal beauty, and we’re thrilled to be hosting her debut EP launch.
See yous at the front. Ours is a visionary sours, with a maraschino Cherry float.
Rally & Broad had one of its spraffiest, gobbiest weekends yet, with Oh Bondage! Up Yours! Celebrating all things unchained, liberated, unrestrained and flying free in Stereo, Glasgow on Feb 22nd with Harry Giles, The Jellyman’s Daughter, Rose Ruane, Jim Monaghan and Genesee. There was an Ode To A Buttplug. We’re just saying. xx
Sunday 22nd February, Stereo, Glasgow. Doors open at 230pm. £5. With Harry Giles, Jellyman’s Daughter, Rose Ruane, Jim Monaghan and Genesee. And with a special DJ set from the TYCI crew upstairs afterwards!
Continuing our celebration of all things untied and free in Glasgow, we are extremely proud to be presenting the following wonders of words, art, music and everything in between…
Harry Giles is a truly innovative writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker. He is the author of Visa Weddings and Oam (both from Stewed Rhubarb Press) and he was also shortlisted for the inaugural Edwin Morgan Award in 2014. Giles’s work is inherently political, and he states “To me, feelings are not a soft form of politics: they are hard, edgy, scary and potent. I am trying to use disruptive action, satire and discussion to drive a wedge into political moments, opening a space for audiences to think, feel and act.” A must-see act.
“The Jellyman’s Daughter sound like they’ve come down from the same cold mountain as The Civil Wars or Grammy-winning duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss… [Graham] can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle… when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart.” (The Herald)
Glasgow-based theatre-maker whose work explores the divide between our private and our public identities.
Poet, performer and winner of the inaugural Festival of Politics poetry slam (2013).
Kenyan-born troubadour rapidly gaining notice for her haunting and lyrical performances.
See ye at the front? Our is a vodka and liberation. 😉
Proof of the pudding, the cake and the runaway coo…photos from Rally & Broad: The Apology Shop, Stereo, Glasgow on Sunday 25th January. With stupendous performances from Shambles Miller, Carly Brown, Kevin Gilday, Texture (aka Bram E Gieben) and the makar hersel, Liz Lochhead. With due nods made to Rabbie Burns (there was a haggis in the raffle). Sorry for NOTHING! xx
Roll up & own up…to open the Glasgow Apology Shop, we asked the audience to consider some possible sins…*
Who here has something to apologise for?
Who here wants an apology from someone?
Who here has eaten a whole onion?
Who here has swum in the sea in winter?
Who here took a gap year?
Who here has watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended version, Director’s Cut) in one sitting?
Who here wants to go home?
Who here knows where home is?
Who here has wanted to run away from home, even though they’re an adult and live alone?
Who here really likes Miley Cyrus?
Who here likes wrecking balls?
Who here has made their own soap?
Who here has lucky pants?
Who here has stalked someone on Facebook?
Who here has had a stalker?
Who here wants a hug?
Who here wants to be left the fuck alone?
Who here has made love with someone as if they wanted these two things at the same time?
Who here has urinated in the ocean?
Who here has eaten their flatmate’s lunch?
Who here forgot their very good friend’s 32nd birthday?
[stop it, you two… Ed.]
Who here has had sex with the wrong person?
Who here has been so love in someone that they can’t be in the same room as them without needing to physically touch them?
Who here thinks that is love?
Who here has vomited spaghetti?
Who here likes cats?
Who here has apologised to God even though they are an aetheist?
Who here has been consciously cruel?
Who here has harmed an animal?
Who here has tried to be vegan?
Who here thinks the internet should come with a breathaliser?
Who here has broken a law?
Who here has committed a crime?
Who here desperately tries not to give a fuck?
Who here has caused hurt?
Who here has nothing to apologise for?
Kevin Gilday is the featured spoken word act at Rally & Broad: The Apology Shop! (Glasgow) at Stereo, 2.30pm, Sunday 25th Jan. He is also one of the Loud Poets team who launch in Glasgow at The Old Hairdresser’s on Thurs 5th Feb. Tickets for The Apology Shop available here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rally-broad-the-apology-shop-glasgow-tickets-15141804545
1: You’re a Man Who Loves Beer. Tell us more.
Well I love beer, maybe a wee bit too much sometimes, so I decided to write a show about it. It’s part spoken word, part drunken monologue about nights out, sexual misadventures, casual addiction, crippling hangovers – all the good stuff really. It ran for three weeks at the fringe and is now touring all over the place, including a week of shows at the Toronto fringe in July. (Cheap plug!) The next performance will be at The Old Hairdressers on 19th Jan (with the lovely Agnes Török).
2: Slams, 10 – 20 minute sets, one man shows. What do you get out of each of these types of performance?
I’ve taken to thinking about this in terms of music/bands… Doing a full solo show is definitely the most gratifying format – like doing a full album with all the singles, album tracks and weird stuff that all comes together as a cohesive whole – you get to tell a story without skipping the interesting bits in between. Doing a guest slot is like doing a festival set – you’ve only got a limited amount of time so batter out the greatest hits and hope someone enjoys it enough to look you up afterwards. And slams are like being on (dated cultural reference alert!) Top of the Pops, or whatever the modern equivalent is, you might only get to perform one piece so you better make it a good one.
3: You’ve been gigging pretty steadily for quite some time. What drew you into the spoken word scene?
I think there’s an independence of spirit to the spoken word scene that’s really attractive to me. Everything is pretty much DIY – folk just deciding to run a night, or put on a slam, or start printing pamphlets – there are no established rules yet so we’re all just making it up as we go along. The other aspect is being self-reliant. For ages I was in bands – writing, rehearsing, playing gigs – and as anyone who has ever been in a band will tell you, it’s a massive hassle trying to co-ordinate four or five people. But with spoken word it’s easy, I don’t need to rely on anyone else, I don’t need to lug about any heavy equipment – I can basically perform anywhere at anytime – and that kind of freedom is incredibly liberating.
4: The life of a performing poet can be a mixed bag. Best gig/ worst gig: spill!
In terms of the size of the crowd and the emotions involved, I think performing at the Yes rally the day before the referendum was probably the best gig I’ve ever experienced. I only performed one piece (and had to take out the swearing!) but it was an incredible experience – a feedback loop of pure optimism. I’ll never forget the feeling I had afterwards.
I’ve done a few rotten gigs in my time but I think the worst(/funniest) was during my fringe run a couple of years ago. I had a late night slot in a venue without a door (bad start), had to chuck some guy out for signing Partick Thistle songs, engage another audience member in a debate about the merits of Ikea, started a fight with some loud gentlemen outside and half the audience left in despair. Ended the night crying into my pint.
5: The Scottish spoken word scene was recently described by The List as being “in rude health.” Do you agree? (and feel free to elaborate!!)
I do. I’ve only been involved in spoken word for a few years and even in that short time I’ve seen things develop. I think the main pillar of progression has been variety. There’s an incredible strength in depth to the scene right now, you can go along to any open mic and see people perform slam style, hip hop influenced, comedic, traditional, scots and any other kind of poetry you can think of. We now have genres within our niche little movement and that’s something that’ll allow the scene to expand into different strands as we become more recognised.
6: Finally, the theme of this month’s Rally & Broad is ‘The Apology Shop.’ How will you be interpreting that, if at all, in your set?
I’m still working on a way to tenuously link my set but I’ll certainly be apologising in advance for my language!
More about Kevin: Kevin is the winner of the StAnza Digital Slam, the Creative Stirling Slam and a two time Scottish National Slam finalist. He is the presenter of Rhyming Optional, Subcity Radio’s dedicated Spoken Word show, and has performed all over the country including the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury Festival. He will be taking his critically acclaimed show The Man Who Loved Beer for a run of shows at the Toronto Fringe in 2015.
Rally & Broad: The Apology Shop! Sunday 25th January, 230pm. Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. £5
Well…sometimes. Sometimes, it’s late, and you’ve come crashing in at 3am after a most excellent Tuesday night out on the tiles, with plenty of dancing shoes and perhaps a few more gins than one ought to have quaffed, and there, in the glowing refrigerator light, is a packet of pristine sushi. And maybe, just maybe, your darling flatmate who-has-to-get-up-for-work-in-4-hours-time wouldn’t miss just one, just ONE piece, although it really would be better with a sliver of pickled ginger and just the faintest dab of wasabi, and whoopsydaisy, now there isn’t any left but she loves you, really, doesn’t she, and she can always get more from the shop as she runs to the bus, and isn’t it raining and…
….and it is 4pm the following day, and you have finally woken up, and this time, friends, comrades. This time, is when you will need to go to the Apology Shop.
For instance. As an example. Ahem.
Come join us for an afternoon celebrating apologies, chagrin, regret, shame and all permutations thereof…or not. This lot have nothing to apologise for.
Rally & Broad present…
‘Her pulse [is] the racing, faltering pulse of a nation obsessed with identity and self-analysis. For 25 years, Lochhead has been the distinctive female voice of Scotland. Gallus, inquisitive, accusing and playful. Angry and tender by turns’
The Scottish Makar nigh needs no introduction, does she? Liz has performed a few times on the Rally & Broad stage, and has provoked, outraged and delighted us every time. Poet and dramatist, as Anne Varty wrote, ‘her work is that of one woman speaking to many, and one person speaking for many’. The Scotsman, Read more about her and her work below – and better still, come and see her in person, on the day celebrating the Scottish Bard.
…LOKI and the KARTEL (feat BECCI WALLACE)!
Words about rapper, activist and writer Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey:
“A powerful grassroots political orator of resonant lyrical ability… [a] strongly expressed work rich in soulful, old school beats.”
**** – The Scotsman
“Scottish hip-hop’s Chairman of the Board.”
– The Skinny
And for G.I.M.P (Government Issue Music Protest), his entirely crowdfunded album released in 2014.
“A piece of work that demands and deserves multiple listens… all wrapped up in a coherent time-travel dystopian audio-novel… Now there, as they say, is yir dinner.”
– Dave Hook, Stanley Odd
“An Orwellian dystopia where Dr. Peter Capaldi drives a Bitcoin-operated time machine between Gotham City and Govan with a smacked-up Marty McFly in the boot singing The Wall by Pink Floyd as the Doc cranks up Spotify… A masterpiece… layered with storylines and sub-plots, metaphors and philosophy, characters and narrative, sex and drugs, war and poverty, lies and integrity, love and hate, imagination and reality, genetically modified wasps and eh cats …. lyrically this is a work of art… They may even just be bumping it in the New Glasgow slums in the year 2034.”
– Mark McG, The Girobabies
Kirsty Logan is an award winning writer of short fiction and journalism. Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled ‘The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales’ arrived in 2014, twenty tales of lust and loss featuring clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world. And as a geekish aside, we love the fact that she moonlights writing about The X-Files (in really, REALLY brilliant detail) for the The Female Gaze.
Kevin P. Gilday is a writer and spoken word artist (amongst other things) living and working in Glasgow, Scotland He’s the winner of the StAnza Digital Slam, the Creative Stirling Slam and a two time Scottish National Slam finalist; the presenter of Rhyming Optional, Subcity Radio’s dedicated Spoken Word show, and has performed all over the country including the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury Festival. And he’s just lovely to boot.
and SHAMBLES MILLER!
Shambles first performed with Rally & Broad at the Tron in the spring of 2014, and we vowed to have him back. And here he is, just for you. Yes, you. The one at the back. Stop picking your nose. He’s for you. He writes and sings songs. He hopes you like them.
See ye at the front? Ours is a thimbleful of regret and a large helping of humble pie (and sushi).