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The Brownbread Mixtape at LINGO spoken word festival – Fri Oct 17th – The Workman’s Club

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We are thrilled, honoured and excited to be doing this month’s brownbread mixtape show at LINGO, Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival in Workman’s Club on Friday Oct 17th. Our lineup will be hosted, as ever by Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche, and it includes an international, eclectic, electric mix of performers — Raven, Andre K’por, Fergus Costello, Seamus de Barra O’Suilleabhain and, of course, The Brownbread Players! For a mere 10 EURO you will get to enjoy the usual blast of brownbread brilliance alongside a bumper packed opening night of entertainment — including All Ireland Slam Champion John Cummins with specially commissioned band The Lingoings, political poetry from viral sensation Stephen Murphy, a headline set from Angel of the Flats Karl Parkinson. There are 10 other world class female and male poets & performers in store on the night, so do us a favour and spend your money like a vote. Support great art. Pick up this bargain of a ticket right here right now. You can view and download the wonderful programme of events for LINGO right here and you can pick up tickets for all of the events right here. LINGO is a community driven, independent festival. Show them your support!

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the brownbread mixtape is a 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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

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Episode 5 of the Brownbread Mixtape Podcast now available – Fergus Costello

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The latest episode of our brilliant podcast is now available on iTunes , as an RSS feed here on our blog (in the menu to the right of this post)  or on YouTube (see embedded link below). On this episode we speak with the wonderful and wild performance poet Fergus Costello – multiple Munster slam champion, visual artist, meditator, storyteller and messer. A fascinating conversation with a writer and performer who orbits planets you and I could only dream of. Fergus talks at length about his life in the arts and performs a piece with accompaniment from his famous Joe Foley Mandola, as well as picking out a series of selections from our live brownbread mixtape archive. A great chat filled with humour and thoughtful insights and a lovely look into a truly creative mind. Give this episode a spin and you will be beaming afterwards.

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed already and for your warm feedback on past episodes with Pearse McGloughlin, EleventyFour, Colm Keegan and Justin Grounds. Please subscribe to the podcast and we would be very grateful if you spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in contemporary Irish music and spoken word. We put this podcast together on our own steam and rely on your good selves to get the word out. Also, we’d love to know what you think of the podcasts by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page. Alternatively send us a wee tweet or an electronic mail to thebrownbreadmixtape@gmail.com. See you soon!

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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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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the brownbread mixtape — nov 28th — theme: “the man” — With music acts curated by The Delphi Label!

Join us on Wed, Nov 28th at 8.30pm upstairs in the Stag’s Head for our eclectic monthly spoken word, music and comedy show. [Facebook event type thingy here]  It is our final show of the year and our theme of the night is “The Man”. As always, the acts will tailor part of their performance to the theme of the night. Resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place to keep the spirits high and the energy up, while resident sound man and sidekick Enda Roche will deliver the deadly decibels.  And for the first time ever, the musical acts on the night will be curated by someone other than ourselves. Alexis Vokos, who runs the brilliant independent Delphi Label (home to We Cut Corners and Le Galaxie amongst others), has hand picked some truly outstanding musical acts for the show (see below). For an absolute bargain of 5 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians working in Ireland today and, in addition, we have lined up the current Munster Slam Poetry Champion to perform on the bill too! And, as if that wasn’t enough, our resident sketch comedy troupe will have some fresh, new radio style sketches on the theme of the night for your pleasure. Plus you will receive a delicious complimentary rum based beverage in return for walking in the door and parting with that fiver. Amazing!

Pay on the door. No advance sales. Guaranteed fun times. Spread the word!

The following brilliant performers will be on the lineup:

MUSIC 

Deaf Joe

Deaf Joe writes folk songs, sometimes romantic, sometimes dreamlike, always cathartic. He is constantly writing and performing and also writes scores for contemporary dance and theatre productions. He plays live with Katie Kim from time to time. To date he has released the ‘Forest Fires EP’ (Oct ’09, limited edition), the ‘Winter’s Glow EP’ (Oct ’10) and ‘The Holy Water EP’ (Mar ’11). Joe’s debut album ‘Burrowings’ was released to great critical acclaim in February of this year. We are delighted to welcome Joe back to the stage with us. Every time he plays we feel like we are allowed to share in a special secret. Get ready to hear a songwriter at the peak of his powers.

“Joe emerges pearl-like from his shell. Sublime songs and divine inspiration; a potent mix.” – Donal Dineen

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer was born in Washington DC to an Irish/American mother and a Puerto Rican father but the family moved to Ireland when Jennifer was 3 and she’s been living here since. After picking up the guitar at age 11 and composing songs from the age of 13, Jennifer played in various groups through her teenage years and early twenties and the styles of each ranged from hard rock to minimalist folk. Ardent emotional experiences and daunting but lush perceptions of being feed the debut EP, Salient Point, which was recorded and mixed by Stellarsounds’ Steven Lynch. Evans’ vocals are soulful and lyrically unique in origin. The music on this recording is alternative in genre but also finds it’s roots in Jazz, Dark Folk and Blues.  With an album’s worth of new material up her sleeve Jennifer’s latest shows can range from dark folk to a sneaky style of Dub depending on  what’s right for the occasion and how long the set is! Empirical knowledge, exoticism, a questioning of identity and home…..whether solo, accompanied or playing with the full band the music’s target is up your spine.

“Beautifully spooked noir-folk from the Dublin singer and her band The Ripe Intent. Way To Go is a tune fans of Joanna Newsom, Evie Sands and Linda Perhacs will be raving about.”  – Jim Carroll, Irish Times

Ross Breen

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 always a knockout and it is great to have him back so soon again.

“… fresh, inventive and daring… The Irish music scene’s best kept secret? Maybe it’s time more people were told″  – Drop-d.ie

SPOKEN WORD:

Fergus Costello 

The reigning Munster Slam Poetry champion and livewire lyricist, Fergus Costello, returns to the brownbread mixtape. Fergus has a unique style that mixes the deepest thought with the highest farce, the most profound politics with the lightest touch. He is a one-man dynamo that has to be seen to be believed and no single performance is ever the same. Fergus orbits planets that you and I could only dream of. And if we are really lucky he might also grace us with a tune on his legendary Joe Foley Mandola. Prepare yourselves for a firecracker of a performance from one of our all-time favourite acts.

SKETCH COMEDY

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!

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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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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the brownbread mixtape – oct 31st – theme: “ghosts”

Join us on Wed, Oct 31st upstairs in the Stag’s Head. [Facebook event type thingy here] Resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place to hold his applause sign aloft and keep the show rumbling along. Resident sound man Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and making it all sound really good. For a mere 5 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians and spoken word artists this country has to offer. No exaggeration. Plus you will receive a delicious complementary rum based beverage in return for walking in the door and parting with a few quid. Pay on the door. No advance sales. Please spread the word!

The following brilliant performers will be on the lineup:

SPOKEN WORD:

John Cummins 

The reigning Leinster Slam Poetry champion and the man whose rhyme graces the intro of our podcast “You say Brown, I say Bread…” A rhymer, a dreamer, a hippy-hop inducing fever believer. John is as genuine as they come, with poems that tickle the funny bone, break the heart and raise the hair on the back of your neck. One of our finest wordsmiths in this fair isle. What Messi does with a ball he does with a word. Prepare to be floored by his way with words.

MUSIC 

Pearse McGloughlin

Pearse is one of our all-time favourite performers and people. He hails originally from Sligo and in 2009 he released his debut album “Busy Whisper” to huge critical acclaim. Busy Whisper made many ‘Best Albums of 2009’ lists (No. 13 on Nialler 9, No. 6 on Phantom 105.2 and No.7 on Swear I’m Not Paul Blog) while the video for ‘Ways to Kill a Werewolf’ (Dir. Kevin McGloughlin) won an IMTV Award in the Best Male Video category. Pearse has performed at the most recent Hard Working Class Heroes Festival and his year has also seen him tour Ireland in support of his outstanding second album “In Movement”. Pearse also has the honour of being our first ever guest on the brownbread mixtape podcast, which is well worth a listen. Prepare yourself for a songwriter and musician at the height of his considerable powers. Poetic lyrics, exquisitely tight musicians and magical melodies.

“…another album for the wee small hours, a place he seems comfortable (…) a set of songs that, confidently and astutely,carry McGloughlin further along an upwards trajectory” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

Justin Grounds 

Justin is a solitary purveyor of sound, who lives in a wee cottage by the sea and records songs combining violins, thumb piano, electronica and his voice. His 2010 record ‘The Dissolving’ met great acclaim after many months of touring live. Nialler9 put it on his best of 2010 list, plus lots of people said nice things about it. He is currently working on a brand new album of violin studies in his own inimitable style. the brownbread mixtape is jazzed to welcome the inimitable and eclectic musical magic of Justin Grounds to the stage.

“Definitely one of my favourite records of 2010…” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

MUSICAL COMEDY

Accident & Emergency

‘Accident & Emergency’ were formed in 2011, when after meeting at a gig Aideen asked Andréa to help her move house. Andréa had a car and although she isn’t very assertive – one thing she is is extremely sound. While moving the very heavy furniture down the stairs of the Parnell Street abode (there wasn’t a lift) it occurred to Andréa how hilarious Aideen was and although it can be quite dangerous to make somebody laugh while lifting something, she still appreciated it. They started writing comedy together from then on and have recently returned back from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

”Comedy duos usually have a schtick, and Accident and Emergency certainly have theirs down.” – The Skinny.

SKETCH COMEDY

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!

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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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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the brownbread mixtape – sept 26th – theme: “selling out”

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:

SPOKEN WORD:

Colm Keegan 

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.

Seamus Fox

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.

MUSIC 

Ross Breen

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!

SKETCH COMEDY

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!

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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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Leave a comment

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