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
Rally & Broad: The Apology Shop! Sunday 25th January, 230pm. Stereo, Renfield Lane, Glasgow. £5
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.
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…
‘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 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.
…LOKI and the KARTEL (feat BECCI WALLACE)!
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
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.
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.
and SHAMBLES MILLER!
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.
See ye at the front? Ours is a thimbleful of regret and a large helping of humble pie (and sushi).