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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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Six Questions for…Alan Bissett!

Alan Bissett is one of Scotland’s best known writers, novelists, playwrights, performers, and activists, with Very Good Reason. We’re absolutely delighted to have him back for Rally & Broad ‘Because The Night...’, at Stereo, Glasgow, on Sunday 31st May with Caroline Bird, The Last September, Marianne MacRae and Hailey Beavis (tickets here). Oh yes!

With Rally & Broad at Festival of Politics 2014. Photo credit: Robb Macrae

With Rally & Broad at Festival of Politics 2014. Photo credit: Robb Mcrae

Ahead of May’s show, we sat down to ask him six questions about writing, labels, politics, art, activism and all the rest. And boy, did we get some cracking answers…

1. Novelist, playwright, performer, activist – that’s a lot of strings to yer bow! Which one is twanging hardest for you at the moment?

To be honest, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between them. Obviously at one level, if you are sitting down to write a novel you are a novelist, when writing a play you are a playwright, and so on, but otherwise it all bleeds into one. I only became a ‘performer’ in the first place because I was doing so many readings from my novels in schools, libraries and festivals that after a while you just memorise it and it tips over into theatre. Some of the activism has felt ‘performed’ – not because you’re not being truthful but because you have to engage a political audience in exactly the same way that you engage a theatre audience. So for example, I just got back from Wigtown, where I was billed as ‘stand up’, which involved me improvising a comedy set that included storytelling, banter, politics, plus bits from my novels and plays – which I think might form the basis of a future tour. I can’t really see the joins anymore. Let’s just call it all ‘blethering’.

2. Cutting straight to the mustard. Post Indy ref – what is the role for artists? And, with hindsight, what role do you think artists played in the referendum?

I think artists played a huge role in the indyref, both within, say, National Collective and beyond it. I’m not going to kid myself that the opinions of artists were as important to the general public as those of politicians or economists, but we did add another dimension that was more colourful and imaginative, and we were able to frame the debate in certain ways – through poetry, theatre, songs or illustrations – that allowed people to understand differently and see themselves inside the magnitude of what was going on. The numbers people can’t do that, which is why they often had to rubbish us – ‘oh you’re just people who make up silly stories and draw pictures, what do you know?’ Well, we gave the whole thing an emotional layer that is often more powerful than talking about GERS figures.

Our ‘role’ afterwards? Well, I don’t think anyone can or should proscribe what any artist’s ‘role’ is. But clearly the whole process is ongoing. We don’t have an indyref to bind us together, which is why it’s probably the right thing that National Collective folded and also why we’re now seeing divisions emerge during the movement, some based on sound political principles, others on ego. But I think the artists will continue to try and make sense of it all in their own ways, sometimes individually, sometimes collectively. There have been very fine works created during the white-heat of the campaign, but we’ve yet to see a true masterpiece emerge. I think there could be several in the offing, but we’re still in an extraordinary state of flux so it’s hard to pin things down. Soon as your pen touches the page the material is dated.

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3. What do the words ‘Scottish culture’ mean to you?

Well, Scottish culture is different things to different people, obviously, and it should feel inclusive. I might think Allan ‘rivers of blood’ Massie has lost the plot as a political commentator, but I can see that he has written some very fine novels which deserve to be taken seriously as works of Scottish literature. However, I can certainly say that the Scottish culture which means the most to me is the kind which feels oppositional and rebellious, which is a clearing a space beneath the hegemonic Anglo-American culture (some of which is obviously very good, but hegemonic nonetheless) to articulate the language, themes and stories of working-class (or other marginalised) Scots. Unless Scottish writers themselves do this then we”ll just have this homogenous Hollywood/BBC culture, and an entire people’s consciousness will go with it. This is what Hamish Henderson called the ‘carrying stream’ of the folk tradition, and it applies as much to Eddi Reader as it does to Irvine Welsh. That’s the stuff that’s really valuable to me.

4. So, the seeming rise and rise of the spoken word/performance poetry scene in Scotland. Do you see yourself as part of it? And if so (or if not), what are your thoughts on it?

Oh I don’t know. I’ve been on the ‘scene’ for about fifteen years now and when I started out there was a lot less of what would now be called ‘spoken word’. Rebel Inc had done some great stuff creating a buzz for live events in the Nineties, and Liz Lochead was a stand-out before then, but that had died away by the time my first novel, Boyracers, came out in 2001. Back then the ‘poems and pints’ vibe in the back room of a pub was more the thing, but people weren’t really expected to be ‘performers’ and to be honest I found some of it quite boring. I always felt it was being rude to the audience to expect them to listen to you for twenty minutes and not even make an attempt to be entertaining. I mean, with the best will in the world the human brain doesn’t work that way!

I was like: we’re really missing a trick here, and I resolved to make my readings more of a theatrical experience, which is why I stood out back then. I got involved in nights like Discombobulate with the poet Magi Gibson and the comedian Ian Macpherson in Glasgow in the mid/late Noughties, which was really about consolidating that ethos across a whole bill, and which was eventually replaced by Kirstin Innes’s and Anneliese Macintosh’s Words Per Minute. I think both contributed to the current crop of very, very strong spoken word nights we now see, like Rally and Broad and Neu Reekie! which really have perfected the form.

Things have truly changed now and evolved into ‘spoken word’, where writers are expectedto be good performers and boring acts just aren’t programmed. There’s a level of professionalism about younger writers – in terms of the way they present themselves onstage – that’s much more in tune with what live audiences want. I’m certainly not a rarity anymore. As for being part of the current ‘scene’? No, I’ve probably been around for too long for that to be the case. But I definitely approve of this generation of stage-ready younger writers, who all seem really politicised too, so I don’t feel estranged from it either. If the current spoken word scene was Britpop, then Irvine Welsh would be John Lennon and I’d be Paul Weller.

5. What’s coming up next for you?

I’m touring a comedy set around Falkirk, called What the F**kirk? which is about, you guessed it, Falkirk. Having spent so long looking at the things on the national level during the indyref I want to really focus in on the local: asking what it means to have a ‘home town’ and trying to work out whether or not community still exists. It’s definitely feels like my first ‘post-referendum’ statement, which is going beyond the Yes/No binary.

After that, in Spring 2016, it’s the big one: my play about the ex-Rangers manager Graeme Souness, written in verse. We’ve tried sections out in front of test audiences and it provokes big reactions. I can’t wait.

Beyond that I’d like to try a stand-up tour. I should also get around to writing another novel, but I have to wait until my theatre slate is clear and the right idea presents itself. You need to keep doing things that no-one will see coming. There’s no point in releasing a novel just for the sake of releasing a novel. Why miss the chance to fuck with people’s expectations?

6. And finally…Because the Night…belongs to who?!

…vampires, of course! *

*Team Gary Oldman in Dracula 1992. [excellent choice…Ed]

Alan Bissett’s Collected Plays is out now with Freight

(http://www.word-power.co.uk/books/collected-plays-2009-2014-I9781908754448/)

What the F**kirk? will be touring Falkirk venues from 3rd-14th June

(https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/falkirkcommunitytrust)

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Because the Night… – Rally & Broad 50th Show! With The Mental Health Foundation.

Rally & Broad ‘Because the Night’ – Friday 15th May, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh. With Aidan Moffat, Kathryn Joseph, Anneliese Mackintosh, McGuire and Liz Cronin. Doors at 730pm, £5. 

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This month marks our 50th event since those heady, hectic begininings in October 2012 and to celebrate that, and many other things beside, Because The Night! pulls together some of our most favourite past acts alongside newcomers to the R&B stage!

In both Edinburgh and Glasgow we’ll be celebrating The Night with the help of excellent line-ups, and in Edinburgh, an extra-special partnership gig in collaboration with the Mental Health Foundation and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Because The Night! (Edinburgh) is simultaneously a sparkling line-up of utterly delicious lyrical delight to celebrate the Night (that is, the show, the show, our 50th show!) as well as being a celebration of using the arts to address the stigma of ill mental health.

With…

AIDAN MOFFAT!

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Prolific and multi-talented Scottish songwriter in a special spoken word set. You know it all…Arab Strap, Mogwai collaborations, the collaborations with everyone left, right and centre, Lucky Pierre and a children’s book with Cargo Publishers, ‘The Lavender Blue Dress. So. Much. We are excited.

http://www.aidanmoffat.co.uk/

KATHRYN JOSEPH!

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Prodigiously talented and criminally underrated; Kathryn is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. Her voice possesses the other-worldly quality comparable to Ms Newsom and Björk; but she is by no means of an ilk. With songs from new album ‘bones you have thrown me and blood I have spilled.’

Bruised and yet beautiful, down but not out, her wonderful, visceral songs knocked King Tut’s for six. She is the real thing.” **** (The Herald)

www.kathrynjoseph.co.uk

ANNELIESE MACKINTOSH!

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Author of highly acclaimed Any Other Mouth (Freight Books) and captivating live reader, Mackintosh returns to the R&B stage. We’re thrilled to see her again.

Winner of WINNER OF THE GREEN CARNATION PRIZE and listed in Books Of The Year 201 in The Herald, Favourite Books Of 2014 in The Scotsman, Top Scottish Books Of 2014 in The List,The Best Books Of 2014 in Civilian, Books Of The Year in The Cadaverine, The Best Fiction From 2014 in Scots Whay Hae! And Voted Top 10 inThe Readers’ 10 Best Books Of The Year So Far, The Guardian.

http://www.anneliesemackintosh.com/

MCGUIRE!

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McGuire’s first full collection “As I sit quietly, I begin to smell burning” is a wild mixture of poetry and short stories. In the spirit of verging on discovering catastrophe, the collection displays McGuire’s tendency toward the confessional, the social-realistic and absurd. Expect a live performance confronting Scottish cultural life, perversion, identity, masculinity and addiction.

http://a-glaswegian.blogspot.co.uk/

LIZ CRONIN!

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Edinburgh-based songwriter and lyricist whose songs about love, life and sorrow are simultaneously heart-breaking and hilarious. An R&B favourite and for very good reason!

http://www.last.fm/music/Liz+Cronin

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With extra-special Rally & Broad based antics from yer resident hosts Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum. xx

Dance While The Sky Crashes Down (Glasgow)

Rally & Broad present…Dance While The Sky Crashes Down. Sunday 29th March, Stereo, Glasgow. With Apocalypse Redux (Bram E Gieben & Sam Small), No More Tiger, Hannah Jane Walker, Calum Rodger and Josephine Sillars. Door at 230pm, £5.

We’ll always dance. Let’s waltz over the rubble, strike a tango among the debris. Even when the sky is falling and the horsemen are riding in, whether it’s utopia or dystopia we’re facing, or maybe just the end, we’ll be making our steps. Come dance with us.

Joining us for the beautiful endtimes this month…

APOCALYPSE REDUX!

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Reprising their 2014 battle of optimism and pessimism, poets Sam Small and Bram E Gieben set the stage for the struggle between hope and cynicism for the future of the human race. Bittersweet, passionate, furious. Not to be missed.

http://www.bramegieben.co.uk/

https://samsmallpoetry.wordpress.com/

NO MORE TIGER!

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No More Tiger sing songs about bus routes, doppelgängers, people lost on desert islands, siblings falling out, local rebels and, according to singer and multi-instrumentalist Flore, about nothing at all. There are echoes of The Andrews Sisters, The Ink Spots, Jonathan Richman, The B52s, The Cookies in their sound and even a touch of Moondog, though they still have a unique and strong musical identity all of their own. There’s a lovely warm very charming easy humour between the members of the group on stage that makes you feel glad to be in their company while they are on stage together. No More Tiger deliver irresistible, pop and are fast becoming one of Glasgow’s most exciting new bands.

http://nomoretiger.bandcamp.com/releases

HANNAH JANE WALKER!

HannahJaneWalkerHannah is a poet and performer from Cambridge, now (sometimes) based in Edinburgh. She has toured nationally and internationally, and has written and performed in two award winning shows with playwright Chris Thorpe ‘The Oh Fuck Moment’ and ‘I Wish I Was Lonely’. She is passionate about engaging people with poetry and using poetry to have conversations and believes that poetry is just another way of talking, that poetry is for everyone and that it is something that we need as we go forward. We love her very much.

http://www.hannahjanewalker.co.uk/

CALUM RODGER!

CalumRodgerWhere to start with the unending fire of inventiveness that is Calum Rodger? Poet, performer, PhDist undertaking research on the poetics of Scottish revolutionary Ian Hamilton Finlay, co wrangler of The Verse Hearse, member of the CENTRE FOR LULZ RESEARCH, TED talker, author of ‘Glasgow Flourishes.’ Aye, well, there’s a start. ‘In my leisure time hedonistic impulses compel me to chase poetic reverie and probe at the outer fringes of poetic possibility by all technological and psychological means available.’ There’s an end, for now. Come marvel.

https://allrealcultureisfree.wordpress.com

…and JOSEPHINE SILLARS! (with the Glasgow launch of her debut EP!)

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Josephine is a singer songwriter, originally from the Highlands, now living and studying in Glasgow. Her voice is a think of ethereal beauty, and we’re thrilled to be hosting her debut EP launch.

http://www.josephinesillars.com/

See yous at the front. Ours is a visionary sours, with a maraschino Cherry float.

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‘Dance While The Sky Crashes Down’ (Edinburgh)

Rally & Broad present…’Dance While The Sky Crashes Down.’ Friday 20th March, The Bongo Club, 66 Cowgate, Edinburgh. With RM Hubbert, Alan Bissett, Lynsey May, Elyssa Vulpes and the 2015 Scottish Slam Champion. Doors at 7pm. £5.

You know we always love to dance. This month, we’re kicking up our heels while we watch the sky fall down, sequins and silk in hand. Whether it’s utopia, dystopia or just good old fashioned apocalypse, we’re dancing through it all. Come waltz over the rubble with us.

See you at the front? Ours is a swirl of radiation and star dust.*

It’s a particularly lush bill of delights this month. Joining us…

RM HUBBERT!

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Prolific Glasgow-born songwriter and guitarist who, in his own words, “writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone”. He is the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013 (forThirteen Lost & Found); was short-listed for the SAY Awards in 2014 (for Breaks & Bones) and his live performances “provide the rare spectacle of a noisy rabble falling instantly silent to marvel at both his technical ability and the emotional impact of his music” (The Scotsman)

http://www.rmhubbert.com/

ALAN BISSETT! 

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Speaking of prolific: Alan Bissett is a novelist, performer, activist, theatre-maker, playwright and essayist – a man of many literary talents and firm Rally & Broad favourite. His Collected Plays from 2009 – 14 are released this month by Freight Books and demonstrate why Bissett is one of Scotland’s brightest, multi-award-winning literary and theatrical talents.

http://alanbissett.com/

LYNSEY MAY!

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Lynsey lives, loves and writes in Edinburgh. She was born to be wild but she didn’t realise and got into the habit of keeping receipts paying her taxes on time. Her stories are where the wildness runs free.

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ELYSSA VULPES!

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…dreams and firelight, shadow and rock and roll. Late night tales of witchcraft, mystery and desire from battle-scarred survivors of the Love Wars…

http://www.elyssavulpes.com/

...and the 2015 Scottish Slam Champion BRAM E. GIEBEN!

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Scotland, hail your champion! Rally & Broad were both in attendance at the Scottish Slam Finals at the end of February, and such a night it was. We are without fingertips. The rightful winner, in the midst of glorious competition, was none other than Bram E. Gieben and we are delighted to have him (back) on the Rally & Broad stage.  Self described poet, performer, rapper, musician, novelist, journalist, record producer, ex-Chemikal Poet, Post-cyberpunk miserablist and crime junkie, it’s all held in one furious balance. Come and marvel.

http://www.bramegieben.co.uk/

* and with due credit given to Jason Webley, where the title of this month’s show has come from.

Rally & Broad Masterclass Series: #3 Harry Giles & #4 Elspeth Murray!

We are delighted to present the next two masterclasses from Rally & Broad, from Harry Giles and Elspeth Murray! See below for more details, and book a place.
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We’ve found that they are filling up quickly, so advance booking is essential. As before, book a single workshop for £8, or both for the special price of £15! 
 
 
#3 HARRY GILES – MASTERCLASS – Poetry On The Streets
(Saturday March 28th, 12 – 4pm)
 
What happens when we take poems off the stage and out into the streets? This is a workshop on performing out in the public, looking at the skills and ideas behind street and political performance. We’ll practice street performance skills, explore writing in powerful and impactful ways about the issues that matter, and talk about what it might mean to be a political poet.
 
 
# 4 ELSPETH MURRAY- MASTERCLASS – Performing Poetry With Presence
(Saturday April 25th, 12 – 4pm)
You and your poems have life and energy. How can you bring your work off the page and deliver it to its full potential? Performance nerves are natural, however much experience in front of an audience you have. Learning about the energy of presence will enhance your experience of your (and other people’s!) poetry both on the stage and off. In this workshop you will build performance presence through awareness of your body, voice, eyes, ears, head and heart. Through short writing exercises and voice practice in pairs and small groups, you will develop a sense of confidence that will serve you as a performer and have relevance to other areas of your life. No need to bring poems with you. Come prepared to breathe, focus and let go!
 
About Harry Giles

Harry is from Orkney and lives in Edinburgh, where he does poetry and performance and stuff in the cracks in between. His pamphlets Visa Wedding and Oam are published by Stewed Rhubarb, his debut poetry collection was shortlisted for inaugural Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and he was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion. He founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word, co-directs the live art platform ANATOMY, and his participatory theatre has toured across Europe and Leith.

http://harrygiles.org/

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About Elspeth Murray

As a poet and wordsmith Elspeth Murray enjoys multi-disciplinary collaborations, cross-platform and educational projects and writing to commission. She has been a poet in residence at national and international health conferences, a hospice, Glasgow Fort shopping mall, Scottish Widows, Great Circle PR agency and Glendronach distillery. Her workplace residencies were featured in BBC Radio 4’s documentary Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry. She is a member of the Authentic Artist Collective and a trained facilitator in Critical Response Process. She also tours internationally with the multi-award winning Puppet State Theatre Company.

http://www.elspethmurray.com/

Rally & Broad present…Oh Bondage! Up Yours! (the Glasgow edition)

Sunday 22nd February, Stereo, Glasgow. Doors open at 230pm. £5. With Harry Giles, Jellyman’s Daughter, Rose Ruane, Jim Monaghan and Genesee. And with a special DJ set from the TYCI crew upstairs afterwards! 

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Continuing our celebration of all things untied and free in Glasgow, we are extremely proud to be presenting the following wonders of words, art, music and everything in between…

HARRY GILES!

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Harry Giles is a truly innovative writer, performer, poet and theatre-maker. He is the author of Visa Weddings and Oam (both from Stewed Rhubarb Press) and he was also shortlisted for the inaugural Edwin Morgan Award in 2014. Giles’s work is inherently political, and he states “To me, feelings are not a soft form of politics: they are hard, edgy, scary and potent. I am trying to use disruptive action, satire and discussion to drive a wedge into political moments, opening a space for audiences to think, feel and act.” A must-see act.

http://www.harrygiles.org

JELLYMAN’S DAUGHTER!

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“The Jellyman’s Daughter sound like they’ve come down from the same cold mountain as The Civil Wars or Grammy-winning duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss… [Graham] can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle… when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart.” (The Herald)

http://thejellymansdaughter.com/

ROSE RUANE!

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Glasgow-based theatre-maker whose work explores the divide between our private and our public identities.

http://www.roseruane.co.uk/

JIM MONAGHAN!

JimMonaghan

Poet, performer and winner of the inaugural Festival of Politics poetry slam (2013).

@jimmonaghan63

GENESEE!

Genesee

Kenyan-born troubadour rapidly gaining notice for her haunting and lyrical performances.

See ye at the front? Our is a vodka and liberation. 😉

xx

TheSlits

Rally & Broad present…On Bondage! Up Yours!

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.

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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…

SALENA GODDEN!

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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)

http://www.salenagodden.com
KIRSTY LAW & BAND!

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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)

http://www.kirstylaw.com

KEVIN WILLIAMSON!

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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.

@williamsonkev


GRAEME HAWLEY!

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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.

@colonpress

… and LIZ CRONIN!

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liz-Cronin-Musical-Shambles

Phew. See you at the front? Ours is a sledgehammer, and a bag of salt and vinegar.

PolyStyrene