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Rally & Broad: BOOKED! @ Clydebank Town Hall!

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!

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 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

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The Apology Shop – Glasgow!

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

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Six Questions For… Kevin Gilday!

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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!

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 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.

Welcome to…The Apology Shop! Sunday 25th Jan, Glasgow

Rally & Broad: The Apology Shop! Sunday 25th January, 230pm. Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. £5

Apologise?

Us?

Never.

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.

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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…

…LIZ LOCHHEAD!

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‘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 Scotsman)

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.

http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poets/liz-lochhead

 

…LOKI and the KARTEL (feat BECCI WALLACE)!

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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

https://www.facebook.com/MistaLoki

 

…KIRSTY LOGAN!

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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.

http://www.kirstylogan.com/

 

…KEVIN GILDAY!

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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.

http://kevinpgilday.tumblr.com/

 

and SHAMBLES MILLER!

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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.

http://shamblesmiller.bandcamp.com/

 

See ye at the front? Ours is a thimbleful of regret and a large helping of humble pie (and sushi).

xx