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
Oh, because we are most certainly askin’, comrades.
These are our penultimate shows of Season 4, and they are cracking. Time to get your feet, bodies, hearts and souls to tapping. We’ll see you on the floor. Ours is a rhumba and coke. 😉
Joining us to make merry, this band of beautiful rogues! We’ll be welcoming to the stage…
Rally & Broad are delighted to be coming to Dunbar Science Festival on Friday 13 March (830 – 1030pm, Dunmuir Hotel, Dunbar)! We’ll be celebrating ‘Women in Science’ alongside Scots singer songwriter Kirsty Law; science writer and performer Emily Dodd, poet Russell Jones and the surreal musical stylings of Zara Gladman. Come with open ears…
With thanks to CoastWord.
Tickets may be bought in advance here.
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
Zara is a “zoo-lol-ogist” with a PhD in crayfish. By day, she works for Glasgow Science Festival, persuading the public to like science as much as she does. By night, she tries to write funny songs about animals, politics (via her alter-ego ‘Lady Alba’) and White Russian-fuelled nights out.
Russell Jones is an Edinburgh-based writer. He has published three collections of poetry, with a fourth due out in Summer 2015. Russell has also published his travel writing and is currently working on two sci-fi novels. He is the editor of Where Rockets Burn Through: Contemporary Science Fiction Poems from the UK and was guest editor for The Interdisciplinary Science Review (“Sciences and Poetries in the 21st Century”). He has a PhD in Creative Writing from The University of Edinburgh and enjoys cheese.
Scots singer-songwriter Kirsty Law s a Rally & Broad favourite and an utterly captivating live act. “‘Beautiful and feisty… it’s a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs… a young musician doing things her own way’ (Karine Polwart)
And of course, your hosts, Rally & Broad…!
See ye there! Ours is a 99 ice cream cone with a sprinkling of subatomic particles.
Friday 20th February, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. Doors at 7pm, £5. With Salena Godden, Kirsty Law and Band, Kevin Williamson, Graeme Hawley and Liz Cronin.
Little girls should be seen and not heard…
This February, Rally & Broad is celebrating all things smashy smashy, throwing off the ties that bind and the chains that weigh us down. Everyone, everywhere, rise up and get down. No nonsense now, let’s boogie…
Joining us for the revolution are…
Poet, performer and author of acclaimed memoir Springfield Road, Godden is a UK spoken word powerhouse whose writing is “urgent and detailed; colourful and clamorous.” (The Times)
KIRSTY LAW & BAND!
With songs from new album Shift, Scots singer-songwriter Kirsty Law and her band (Rona Wilkie & Marit Falt) are a captivating live act. “’Beautiful and feisty… it’s a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs… a young musician doing things her own way’ (Karine Polwart)
Founder of Rebel Inc, and co-producer of Neu Reekie, Williamson is a poet, author, publisher and cultural activist whose previous works include Drugs and The Party Line and In A Room Darkened.
A former Scottish Slam Champion and writer of witty, poignant verse, Hawley is a regularly performing poet in Edinburgh and programmer of the TriColour poetry events at the National Library of Scotland.
… and LIZ CRONIN!
Liz Cronin’s darkly comic and kidding-on-the-square lyrical content is known for eliciting a range of emotional responses from her audience. In Rally & Broad’s case, the emotional response is sheer awe. We love her, and we’re delighted to have back to the stage.
Phew. See you at the front? Ours is a sledgehammer, and a bag of salt and vinegar.