Rally & Broad ‘Ye Dancin’?’, Friday 20th May 2016, Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With Black Doves! Paula Varjack! Harry Giles! Kirsty Law! Sam Small! All photos by Chris Scott.
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.
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, lads…our final shows are absolute firecrackers!
See the lineups below and get yer tickets bought now (click through the links…). Oh come, do come along…
And for our last shows – OUR VERY LAST SHOWS – we’ll be doing it ‘Once More, With Feeling…’
(With an After-Party in Glasgow after the show, of course… ;))
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)
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
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: http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/BOOKED2016
More on the line-up!
A New International!
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 International.www.anewinternational.com
We were absolutely delighted to welcome artist Jenny Soep to join us at Rally & Broad ‘We Could Be Heroes’in Edinburgh on Friday 22nd April. Jenny is an alternative documentary artist and illustrator, creating images live during shows, spectacles and events. You can see some more of her work here: http://www.jennysoep.com/
Over the course of the show, she created original images of the artists Salena Godden, Supermoon, Tim Turnbull, Lucy Ribchester, Josephine Sillars and Rally & Broad (aka Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum). Read on for how to order…
Just a couple of kooks…hello pals. April’s shows are about celebrating – not just all things Ziggy, Aladdin, The Thin White Duke and, of course, JARETH THE GOBLIN KING – but all our heroes, inspirations, shining stars. And joining us on stage to just this end…
Jo is known as one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. She has written about 80 performed scripts in just about every dramatic medium, some of which have been performed all over the world, including LOSING VENICE, LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE and THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE.
‘We Could Be Heroes’ – Friday 22nd April, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. Tickets £6 on the door or £5 in advance here. With…Salena Godden! Supermoon! Tim Turnbull! Lucy Ribchester! Josephine Sillars!
Put on your red shoes, you pretty things, and let’s dance with the sailors. We could be heroes. We can be heroes. April’s Rally & Broad is celebrating all of our heroes – not just Bowie, although we loved him dearly. Those leggings from Labyrinth were responsible for all sorts of awakenings chez Rally and chez Broad, not to mention a lifetime’s education in eyeshadow application. But sometimes, it’s time to raise a glass and salute our heroes, inspirations and aspirations…
Joining us onstage, all heroes in their own right!
Rally & Broad ‘First Editions’ on Sunday 20th March, 230pm, Stereo, Glasgow. With Janice Galloway! Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood)! Louie (Hector Bizerk)! Toby Mottershead aka Jack of Diamonds! And Liam McCormick! Tickets £6 on the door or £5 in advance here.
It’s all about first this month, it being Spring (nearly, sortof, if you squint a little…) and all that jazz. New words, new music, new work, new messing around…and some of the very oldest and best as well. Come play with us?