vicarious sex, drugs and rock & roll for everyone!

A million thanks to everyone who came out and made the brownbread mixtape #4 at the Stag’s Head such a belter! It was our biggest crowd yet and anyone who was there can attest it was a really powerful, emotional night. The atmosphere and energy in the room was really amazing. Once again, we had fantastic spoken word and musical performances from some of the best artists currently working in Dublin. After a rousing culchie singsong rendition of Prince’s classic hit Kiss by Enda and Kalle, Colm Keegan started the night off with some of his masterfully constructed poems in a lyrical and magnetic performance. Our first musical act, EleventyFour, was a veteran from mixtape#1 way back when and she duly delivered another witty and charming performance of four great songs all neatly woven into the theme of the night. A series of jokey live radio ads were performed with deftness, poise, comic timing and gusto by our resident brownbread players Kalle Ryan, Gus McDonagh and Eva Bartley.  Kalle then gave a touching tribute to his father, the late Tony Ryan who had passed away just two weeks earlier, by singing family favourite “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Following the interval, the usual audience contributions to the theme of the night were read out by MC Kalle. First act up was the delightful Sarah Williams who enchanted the audience with singalong renditions of Kylie Minogue alongside soulful renditions of her own racy songs. This was followed by a terrific batch of poems , at turns humorous and at others melancholic, all beautifully delivered by Dylan McDonough. Another round of live radio ads was unleashed to much rejoicing. Then, once again Stephen James Smith stepped in as an injury time super-sub in the poetry team for our final act and gave us another kickass performance, including a really new poem that burned our brains. The night closed with an a cappella culchie hoe-down singalong and clap version of the Aerosmith classic “Walk this Way”. A stunning night of genuine brilliance. A sampler of all of the acts can be found on our myspace jukebox right here and several performances were caught on video and are available below (thanks to Malte Will for uploading them). We are taking a christmas break, so we will see you again in January for a fresh batch of brownbread. A new dawn, a new day, a new life…

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