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.
Friday 23rd January, 7pm. The Bongo Club, Cowgate, Edinburgh. £5.
‘The Apology Shop’: defn (verb). The activity undertaken when one has caused offence and/or upset in order to demonstrate due shame, and apologise to one’s partner/spouse/friend/flatmate/neighbour/hamster. Most often includes the purchase of chocolate/cake/wine/flowers/jigsaws/AA batteries/engine oil/replacement lunch items. Ahem.
‘The Apology Shop’: defn (noun). The shop to which one goes to purchase said items. Most often the nearest possible, earliest opening shop – hence the preponderance of items which may be found at early opening newsagents and/or late night garages.
‘The Apology Shop’: examples of usage. ‘I’m so sorry that I ate all the sushi that you were going to have for your lunch tomorrow, that small plastic box that was to be the one shining light in your otherwise stressful day. I’m so sorry. I have been to the Apology Shop. Please accept these 47 Twixes as a demonstration of my extreme contrition.’
Apologise? Us? Really?
Oh January, thou are sodden and freezing. But we’re warming things up at R&B towers, starting as we mean to go on, with our tongues firmly in our cheeks. Come join us for a celebration of the apology in all its glories with this incredible lineup. They’re sorry for nothing.
Francesca Beard was born in Malaysia and spent the 70’s growing up in Penang, an idyllic island paradise. Since then, quite frankly, life has been down-hill all the way, but with occasional slow climbs… a bit like mowing a sloping lawn. After a spell in real jobs, she gave it all up to become a fictional character and now exists as a London-based poet, performing spoken word to lucky audiences all over Britain and the World.
She’s been called ‘spine-tingling, witty and narcotic’ (Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry’ (London Metro) She has been writer in residence at the Tower of London, Natural History Museum and Metropolitan Police, has written plays for radio and has been on attachment to the Royal Court Theatre and the BBC as one of the UK’s most promising writers. She is currently working on ’storyverse’, an interactive format for live and on-line participants with B3 Media, supported by Arts Council, England, developed through residencies with Banff Centre, Canada and the Mixed Reality Lab, Nottingham University.
The experimental hip-hop duo comprises of drummer Audrey and rapper Louie. They have been building a solid reputation for their illustrious live shows, inking a new page in an exciting new chapter for Scottish music. With a growing fan base the dynamic duo have drawn comparisons from music journalists as a being like a hybrid of The White Stripes and The Roots “coming down the M8 motorway”. They approach song writing in quite a unique way. Audrey has explained before that she feels all good songs should be able to stand alone with acoustic guitar and vocal. There is no hiding place at acoustic shows. Hector feel that way about hiphop. A good hip-hop song should be able to grab the attention of an audience through drums and lyricism. They have built a strong following who seem to agree with those principles. We are EXTREMELY excited – and unapologetic – to have them on the R&B stage.
“ The Glaswegian duo don’t miss a line – or beat, There songs contain a sly humour that’s often missing in Scottish hip-hop. “
“ I’m staggered by their cleverly intricate word play, touching on local issues in a profound way.”
“positive, observant and socially smart rhymes are backed up by on the money rhythms that change pace, volume and texture, creating grooves that have the crowd participating with enthusiasm. Audrey puts down a beat on the bass drum that would revive the dead.”
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Emily Dodd is an award winning author, working as artist, scientist and screenwriter (BBC’s Nina & The Neurons) to bring magic to readers and audiences alike. Her first picture book, Can’t Dance Cameron: A Scottish Capercaille Story was published in September 2014 with Floris Books. She can make balloon animals, and once made a ‘Guess The Poo’ interactive exhibit for an ‘Animal Imagine’ exhibit in Cardiff. She probably won’t be doing that at Rally & Broad. We think.
Christopher is an Edinburgh based singer songwriter, providing folk and ramshackle blues to the masses.
and JESS SMITH!
Jess is a rising new voice on the Edinburgh spoken word scene. Part of the 2014 winning team from Edinburgh University at the UK University Slam Championships, and a regular performer with the Loud Poets massive, her words will stir and delight you.
Ours is a cup of chagrin, with a touch of bitters. See ye at the front!