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‘And we’ll call it a day…’ – the last ever Rally & Broad.

At which Rally & Broad say goodbye to Rally & Broad, with a little help from a lot of pals. The last ever Rally & Broad ‘Once More, With Feeling!’ in Stereo, Glasgow, Sunday 19th June 2016. With AL Kennedy, A New International, Jonnie Common, Roseanne Reid, Colin McGuire and Georgia Barlett-McNeil. All photos, as ever, from Chris Scott.

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‘Once More, With Feeling!’ – Glasgow edition. And the very last one.

Rally & Broad ‘Once More, With Feeling!’ – Sunday 19th June, Stereo, Glasgow. 230pm – 530pm. Tix in advance here or £6 on the door. [We’re selling like hotcakes though, pals, so do get them in advance!]. And seeing out Rally & Broad in the finest of style…AL Kennedy! A New International! Jonnie Common! Colin McGuire! Roseanne Reid! And Georgia Bartlett-McNeill! 

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Playing ukeles with fencing foils and reading Harry Potter upside down…how far Rally & Broad has come from those innocent halycon days of 2012… 🙂

Oh, lads, this is it. THE VERY LAST RALLY & BROAD, IN GLASGOWTOWN. Come and say hello, say goodbye? It’s been a beautiful four years, and we are thankful to each and everyone who has made it so special. We’d love to see you one last time, for spraffling, waffling and raffling galore.

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And helping us send everything off in righteously beautiful style…

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An Announcement from Rally & Broad HQ

Dearest folks,

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.

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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, ladsour final shows are absolute firecrackers!

See the lineups below and get yer tickets bought now (click through the links…). Oh come, do come along…

  • Edinburgh! Fri 20th May, 7pm, Bongo Club! With… Black Doves! Paula Varjack! Harry Giles! Kirsty Law! Sam Small!
  • Glasgow! Sun 22nd May, 230pm, Stereo!  With…Karine Polwart! Christopher Brookmyre! Denise Mina! TV JOY! Michelle Fisher! 

And for our last shows – OUR VERY LAST SHOWS – we’ll be doing it ‘Once More, With Feeling…’

  • Edinburgh! Friday 17th June, The Bongo Club, 7pm.  With…Don Paterson! Caroline Bird! Maud the Moth! Lara Williams! Paper Rifles! 
  • Glasgow! Sunday 19th June, Stereo, 230pm. With…AL Kennedy! A New International! Jonnie Common! McGuire! Roseanne Reid! Georgia Bartlett-McNeill! 

(With an After-Party in Glasgow after the show, of course… ;))

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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)

 

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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

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I’ll Get You Anything My Friend

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

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Rally & Broad: Can’t Buy Me Love – April, Glasgow.

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…

LukeWright

LUKE WRIGHT!

“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.

http://www.lukewright.co.uk/

JonnieCommon
JONNIE COMMON!

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!

https://jonniecommon.bandcamp.com/

KirstinInnes

KIRSTIN INNES!

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

http://kirstininnes.com/

KatyHastie
KATY HASTIE! Glasgow-based writer and performer, Katy Hastie’s work combines strong performance and poignant insights that make for a cracking live show. A unique and engaging new voice!

http://glasgow.academia.edu/KatyHastie

TheCreativeMartyrs
THE CREATIVE MARTYRS!

“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) 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Creative-Martyrs/128578897375

Hosted by resident comperes, poets and general players-with-words, Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. Give us your hearts. xx

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