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 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…
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.
NO MORE TIGER!
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.
HANNAH JANE WALKER!
Hannah 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.
Where 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.
…and JOSEPHINE SILLARS! (with the Glasgow launch of her debut EP!)
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.
See yous at the front. Ours is a visionary sours, with a maraschino Cherry float.
Photographs (courtesy of Chris Scott) of the exclusive launch of ‘Hold Your Own’, the new collection from Kate Tempest, published by Picador-Macmillan, on Saturday 25th October 2014. Presented by Rally & Broad and the Scottish Poetry Library, with an introduction from Don Paterson and support from Sam Small. At The Bongo Club, Edinburgh, and one fantastic audience. Phew.