It’s hard to believe that the brownbread mixtape show is over three years old. This month we are going to try to do something slightly new and we are counting on your help to make it work. We have come up with a cool way to keep the fundamental philosophy of the brownbread mixtape alive while still being able to bring in a budget that will allow us to keep the show ticking along and even pay performers. So, what we have done is team up with Havana Club as a drink sponsor and by paying a bargain 5 EURO entrance fee, you will receive a delicious rum & coke (or soft drink of your choice if you don’t like alcohol) in exchange for your admission price. In other words, the show is still basically free, it’s just that your first drink will be a perennial pirate favourite. All funds gathered on the door will then go towards making the brownbread mixtape a better, brighter and more brilliant show. Now, of course, we can’t do something like this without having a bit of fun with it, so in the spirit of the change, we have chosen the theme this month as “Selling Out” [ Facebook event can be found here]. And this show is going to be sold out without a doubt. We have lined up one of our truly best ever bill of acts and we are super excited about it (see below). We look forward to seeing you all there and please help us spread the word!
So, join us on Wed, Sept 26th upstairs in the Stag’s Head. Resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place again to pepper you with poems and host proceedings humorously. resident sound man Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and delivering the decibels. The following truly stellar performers will be on the lineup:
Colm has read and performed his poetry at various festivals, including the Flat Lakes Festival, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures. He was the All Ireland Slam Poetry Champion in 2010. He also writes short stories and screenplays and has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award for both poetry and fiction. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the International Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. In 2011 he was nominated for the Absolut Fringe’s ‘Little Gem’ Award for the play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About (co-written with Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith) which is touring 2012/2013. He is a poetry/arts reviewer and contributing poet for RTE Radio One’s nightly arts show ARENA and co-founder of ‘Nighthawks at the Cobalt’. He is co-founder and facilitator of Inklinks, a young writers club in Clondalkin and teaches creative writing in secondary schools across Ireland. He is also a total ledgebag and one of our favourite people. Get ready for greatness.
Séamus began writing rap songs in the early 90’s having been listening to very early Hip Hop from 1983 onwards. Later in his early 20’s he began reading poetry and soon he began practicing this discipline also. From about 2006 his writing stepped up a gear and he was soon writing on a more or less daily basis, this continues to the present. He writes in many different formats and does not yet feel he has reached his poetic peak. He has been involved in too many gigs and readings to mention all over Ireland but mostly more locally in Belfast. He won the North Beach All Ireland Slam in 2009 and published his first book “As Seen Through Staggered Eyes” in 2010. He does community work in Belfast with DePaul, Save The Children and The SOS Bus. He is a brilliant poet, a great soul and a born performer.
In June 2012, Ross was the winner of Ireland’s best unsigned singer-songwriter competition, as held by the Tom Dunne Show on Newstalk 106 FM. His song Monet was chosen by a judging panel as the best entry from over a thousand submissions.Ross is a graduate of the Ballyfermot Rock School and the Kildare‐born songwriter has consistently impressed on the live stage, earning countless invitations as a special guest with the likes of Bell x1, Sinead O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar‐winner Glen Hansard. As well as completing a successful east‐coast tour of the U.S. in late 2011, Ross Breen has built up a large following performing with his band at a number of Ireland’s premier festivals, including Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Vantastival, Knockanstockan, No Place Like Dome and Hard Working Class Heroes. Ross is one of our favourite performers and we are thrilled to have him on the show again.
The Blood Red Mountain Band
Playing an infectious home-brew of pop americana. Think Bob Dylan on holiday in Ireland with Arcade Fire. Consistently one of the most entertaining and energetic folks, rootsy, old-timey, raucous bands you’ll ever see. Can’t wait to have them on stage with us again at ye olde brownbread mixtape. A good time is guaranteed!
The Brownbread Players
One of the most enjoyable parts of the monthly brownbread mixtape show are the original sketches written and performed by our very own Brownbread Players sketch troupe. The troupe is made up of professional actors Gus McDonagh, Niall McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Sean McDonagh, as well as our own chancer Kalle Ryan . All of the sketches are performed in the style of a live radio comedy show (akin to the classic Goon Show), complete with bloopers, giggles and audience interaction. They are consistently hilarious and are often the most popular element of our show. They are absurd, silly, satirical and a super-rapid-deadly-buzz!
the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.
Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.
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