Jenny Lindsay

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* 🙂

And glowed like burning coal.

Rally & Broad ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Season 4 relaunch in Glasgow! With Blue Rose Code, Martin Figura, Helen Ivory, Cat Hepburn and The Miss’s, at Stereo, Sunday 25th October 2015. It were glorious. Even if the stage lights were a little wonky, making for an atmospheric kinda afternoon… 😉

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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.

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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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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. 

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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!

IN EDINBURGH!

We’ve teamed up with the Mental Health Foundation for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. And whit a line-up we have….
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Rally & Broad: Season 4!

Good day, comrades!

We hope this finds you brutally well and in full fine fettle.

Rally & Broad have had a gorgeous summer of words, including some small naps and a glorious August.

We looked out to all things across the world at the Festival of Politics with pals A New International and Sophia Walker in the veh fancy surroundings of Holyrood; and then finished August in the glorious Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh International Book Festival with a roof-raising, tongue twisting medley of words and music exploring all things (mis)communication  for ‘The Interpretation Edition’ at Jura Unbound, in the damn fine company of R M Hubbert, Rebecca Green, Harry Giles, Bram E Gieben, Chrissy Barnacle and Jonathan Lamy.

And now, dearhearts, we have some exciting news….

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Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (The Glasgow Edition)…End of Season Shows!

Sunday 28th June, 230pm, Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. With AL Kennedy, Findlay Napier, Kirsty Logan, Michael Pedersen and Maud the Moth! Tickets £5 on the door or available in advance here.

So, this is it, chaps. So long and thanks for all the fish. It’s been a blast. We’ve loved seeing you. It’s not you, it’s us. Toodlepip, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir. Kisses. See ye around…

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We’ll be back in October for Season 4, by hook or by crook, and there is plenty to be getting on with in the meantime. But yes, this is the very final show of Season 3 for us, and we’d love it if you could come out to play. Helping us kiss off the year, in very very fine form and fettle, are…

AL KENNEDY!

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A.L.Kennedy was born in Dundee in 1965. She is the author of 15 books: 6 novels, 6 short story collections and 3 works of non-fiction. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Her new book All The Rage – a collection of short stories – was published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2014 and she will be reading from this collection at Rally & Broad.

An intense vulnerability, shot through with fragments of Kennedy’s dark humour… A sure-footed and intelligently organised collection.” (The Guardian)

http://www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk/

FINDLAY NAPIER!

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Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. Findlay is also well known as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.

His new album, VIP: Very Interesting Persons, contains ten songs about real life characters that have led very interesting lives.

“A collection of cracking songs that all add up to a cracking album… his voice has a mesmerising addictive quality to it…” (Maverick Magazine)

http://www.findlaynapier.com/

KIRSTY LOGAN!

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Kirsty Logan is an exciting, young, Scottish literary talent, rapidly gaining notice for her short stories and fiction. She is the author of acclaimed short-story collection The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, and her debut novel The Gracekeepers was published in 2015. Kirsty is also a Rally & Broad favourite, with a gorgeous, sharp reading style, and The Gracekeepers has been required bedside table reading at Rally & Broad Towers for quite some time…

“The Gracekeepers is a seemingly impossible combination of the lyrical and the gritty, the magical and the brutal. In haunting prose Kirsty Logan has woven a compelling, emotionally dense fairytale that kept me enthralled ‘til the last page.” –Tamar Cohen

http://www.kirstylogan.com/

MICHAEL PEDERSEN!

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Michael Pedersen is a poet, playwright and performer with a broad track-record of collaborations with musicians, film-makers and artists across the UK. Pedersen’s first, partly-illustrated, full-length collection, Play With Me, was published in 2013 by Polygon Books (Guest editor Gerry Cambridge).

He is co-founder of the literary night and record label Neu! Reekie!, the lyricist for the band Jesus, Baby! and has written short plays for troupes such as the National Theatre of Scotland/Five Minute Theatre.

‘If you like poetry that is cool, smart, hilarious and quirky and can just suddenly rip your heart out, Michael Pedersen is your man’ – Irvine Welsh

https://twitter.com/scribepedersen

and MAUD THE MOTH!

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Classically-trained but thoroughly unique artist, Amaya Lopez (Maud The Moth) presents songs from album The Inner Wasteland. Deriving influences as varied as jazz, modern composition and heavy metal, Maud The Moth makes her Glasgow debut at our extra-special end-of-season show! We’re utterly delighted about it!

https://maudthemoth.bandcamp.com/

See ye there? Ours is a shandy. We’ll bring the cake. Love ye, 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…(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?

https://twitter.com/mariannemacrae

…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.

xx

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