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Looking for Christmas gift suggestions? Why not buy some great music and poetry by these Irish artists?

christmas-gifts

With the festive season inching ever closer and the clamour to purchase dizzying amounts of gifts, why not support independent Irish artists? So many of our past brownbread mixtape performers are deserving of your support, so please spend your money like a vote and show them that their work is important to you and to our society.

There are so many talented people who have performed at the brownbread mixtape, so it would be impossible for us to list all of them and their available work. But please see below for a few suggestions of some of our favourite releases from this past year ( as well as a few gems from previous years) with links to buy directly from the artists.

Enjoy!

Kalle

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MUSIC

1. Pearse McGloughlin  – In Movement

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2. The Guilty Folk – Charm Offensive

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3. Lindsey Ryan – The Divers

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4. Marc O’Reilly – My Friend Marx

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5. Ross Breen – When I Met the Devil

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6. Justin Grounds – The Moon Pulled Us Here

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7. Fiach – So I

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8. Eric McGrath – Little Ripples

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9. Bill Coleman – You Can’t Buy Back Your Life

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10. Fia Rua – Falling Time

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POETRY

1. Colm Keegan  – Don’t Go There

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2. Smith & Reilly – Arise and Go

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3. Dave Lordan – Invitation to a Sacrifice

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4. Sarah Clancy – Thanks For Nothing, Hippies

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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.

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The Brownbread Mixtape is back in The Twisted Pepper on March 30th!


We are putting on a superduper showcase of music, slam poetry, sketch comedy and live illustration for this month’s show in The Twisted Pepper! The theme of the night  is “The Heart vs The Head” and we have hand-picked some of our favourite acts from the past few years and each of them will be performing a special extended set on the night. See below for examples of their wonderful work.

This is a rare chance to see all of these superb artists in one place for a brilliantly cheap price of 10 EURO. Every other show of the year that we put on is free, so this is your chance to pay to see these quality acts and the money goes directly to them and the art that they make for you. We look forward to seeing you all there. Please spread the word.

PICK UP YOUR TICKETS HERE NOW!


MUSIC

Bill Coleman

“majorly jazzed up and spaced out.” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

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Fia Rua

“A folking brilliant piece of work” – Hot Press

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SPOKEN WORD

Fergus Costello

“Hilarious comic monologues” – The Irish Times

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COMEDY

The Brownbread Players

“terrific Scrap Saturday style sketches” – The Irish Times

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LIVE ILLUSTRATION

Colm Mac Athlaoich

Kalle - 7 Deadly Facts (c) Colm MacAthlaoich

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OTHER COOL STUFF

We will also have some sweet, special surprise guests and wonderful oddities in store. We also intend to broadcast the show live on the web from this link. So please join us for a brilliant night of fun, foolhardiness and feeling good!

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly 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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Best of 2010 – Music

It has truly been an incredible year for the brownbread mixtape, with the show going from strength to strength every month. By the end of the year we were drawing crowds of 100+ at every gig (with people spilling in to the hall and down the stairs) and each show has been buzzing with incredible magic and energy. The source of much of that buzz and electricity has been provided by the amazing musical acts at the brownbread mixtape.

It really feels as if we are going through a new golden age in music in Ireland and all of the acts who are listed below are at the heart of that. We are spoiled by the incredible calibre of acts here right now and we are always floored by the warmth and integrity of all of the performers who come to play at our show. They have been extremely supportive of the night and we are most grateful to them all. This generation of musicians are still among the best kept secrets around in Ireland, but not for much longer.

So please click away below. Take the time to listen and enjoy the music. Then support them and spread the word, post the links, update your status; so others can hear them and share in that joy too.

So, without further ado, in no particular order, these are the very best musical acts of 2010 at the brownbread mixtape…

[See also : Overview of The Brownbread Mixtape in 2010Best of Poetry and Prose 2010 | Best of Sketch Comedy 2010 (The Brownbread Players)Best of Stand-Up Comedy 2010 ]

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1. Pearse McGloughlin

Pearse is one of the very best songwriters in Ireland right now and we were thrilled to have him perform with us on more than one occasion at the brownbread mixtape. This rendition of his song “Morning Mist” was recorded during his terrific set at the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford back in October. It is a song that defies you to not want to sing its catchy chorus of “For the birds, the brids, the birds…” (So much so that Kalle included it in his poem “The Reformartists”.) Pearse released a great EP this year entitled “Twine” (hear the title track live at BBMT here), which featured our very own Enda Roche on percussion and it is currently available on iTunes and Bandcamp. Do yourself a favour and get it. It’s a gem. 2011 promises much for the Sligo native and we hope to see him soon again on the brownbread stage. [For more info: www.walkperson.net]

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2. Enda Reilly

As well as being one of the coolest dudes with the most enviable beard since ZZ Top, Enda Reilly is also a top class guitarist and songwriter. He is a guaranteed crowd pleaser every time he has played the brownbread mixtape. This performance of “Henry” from his October appearance showcases his trademark crafted lyrics, deft guitar playing and his rusty honey vocal cords. (On the same night he performed a storming cover version of The Stone Roses classic “Waterfall”). Keep an eye out for his upcoming EP of songs and poetry that he is releasing with poet Stephen James Smith. It promises to be something very special indeed. Basically what we are saying is Enda Reilly is a ledgebag. [For more info: www.endareilly.com]


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3. Elder Roche

Elder is a sparkling lyricist and marvellous performer. His debut album “Nobody Knows” is a record filled with evocative songs and when he performs them live they are given another atmospheric twist again. This recording of his song “Time Will Tell” is taken from his performance at our show in Downes Bar as part of the Imagine Arts Festival. Elder is a troubadour at the height of his considerable powers. Make it your goal to hear him live as soon as possible. [For more info: www.elderroche.com]

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4. Herm

Herm played a cracking set at our “Love Stinks” themed show back in June. Of the many fantastic songs that night (including an emotional rendition of ‘Sad Song’ by the late Clancy] their performance of the current single “Rearrange” particularly stood out. A great example of songwriter Kevin Connolly’s quirky lyrics and mighty ear for a melody [For more info: www.herm.tv]

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5. Blood Red Mountain Band

The Blood Red Mountain Band play blisteringly fun, good old timey music with a decidedly Dublin twist. At any given time there can be up to 10 people onstage, but on the night they played with us it was just three (Mark, Joeby and Liza). The band had the room absolutely stomping along from the get-go with this rowdy cover of “Ophelia” (originally by The Band) and they took it up another notch with their original tunes thereafter. We liked their 33 1/3 bar blues so much we used at as the soundtrack to this funky timelapse film of the night they performed.

Can I get a “hell yeah”? [For more info: Blood Red Mountain Band on MySpace]

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6. The Guilty Folk

The Guilty Folk write and perform ribald, raucous and rude little tunes that are eminently sing-along-able. Damn them. They have no right being this catchy and funny. Or that naughty. Aidan and Sarah actually reconnected as friends at one of the very first brownbread mixtapes, so we feel partially responsible for the ensuing magic and mirth. Not so much for the naughtiness. That’s mostly Aidan’s doing we reckon. They performed this cracking rendition of the very funny “Hate Sex” to a deliriously giddy crowd and it really shows on the recording. (They also did a brilliant collaboration with EleventyFour on the night called Happy) They are one of the most popular acts we’ve booked at the brownbread mixtape and they recently reciprocated their love for the audience at our christmas party by performing a new song called AWLF (Audience We’d Like to F*ck). We all look forward to a recording that! If you know what we mean. [For more info: The Guilty Folk on Facebook and their funny Cleverly Titled Blog]

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7. Leanne Harte

Leanne has been writing and performing songs for several years and that shines through in her gentle easygoing stage manner. Her gorgeous, delicate rendition of “Wrote Away” at our July show was a stunning moment in which you could have heard a pin drop. Breathtaking stuff. Last year she also released a gorgeous acoustic album entitled “An Irish Girl in Paris” and it can be purchased on iTunes. After a spell away from the live scene, Leanne is back and absolutely on fire. She is an act of the highest quality and not to be missed.  [For more info: www.leanneharte.com]

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8. EleventyFour

EleventyFour could be described as a quirky and engaging songstress, but that wouldn’t do her nearly enough justice. She is one of our very favourite performers at the brownbread mixtape (she performed at our very first show ever, back in the day!) and she writes songs that are filled with equal parts of humour and humanity. This recording of “The Friend Song” at our Imagine Festival slot captures her at her charming and melodic best. EleventyFour also created brownbread mixtape history this year by writing a song about a former raffle prize winner, the now legendary Jeff Nelson, and the song has become a firm favourite of ours. JEFF NELSON, JEFF NELSON, JEFF NELSON…

2011 (TwentyEleventy) promises much for EleventyFour , with an upcoming EP release amongst other things, so we look forward to seeing her back onstage with us again! Seek her out and support her live shows. She is awesomer than awesome. [For more info: EleventyFour’s Blog]

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9. James Guilmartin

Jimmy is a top drawer singer-songwriter whose songs have a sweet familiarity to them, yet also seem cut from a different cloth. This performance of ‘Gypsy Love Song’ is langorous and lush, ably assisted by our very own Enda Roche on harmonies, percussives and ‘mouth-trumpet’. He also performed a cool cover of Al Green’s classic “Lets Stay Together” on the night and the good-natured audience participation is testament to the brilliant atmosphere he generated in the room! A top performer whose recent debut album “Intor Into Exile” is well worth picking up. [For more info: James Guilmartin on MySpace]

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10. Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman put out a remarkable album this year called “You Cant Buy Back Your Life” (click here to see the astonishing artistic endeavour he went through to physically put it together ) and it was filled with his trademark songs of hope, melancholy and heart-thumping euphoria. Seeing Bill live is another beast entirely, but no less exciting. Working with loop pedals and an acoustic guitar, he builds vocal soundscapes that draw you in and grab you tightly. This recording of “I Want You To Know” closed out his set with us in April and it brought the house down. Bill is touring his album in 2011 and you will not want to miss him if he shows up in your neck of the woods. And by the way, pick up a copy of the album, it is a unique physical piece of art in a world of uniformly anonymous downloads. [For more info: www.bcoleman.com]

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11. Fiach

It is quite possible that Fiach is the hardest working man in showbusiness. It is certainly true that Fiach is a savage songwriter and has buckets of charisma on stage. This year he released his eagerly awaited debut album “So I” which won him massive plaudits. He can also number legendary Waterford songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan as a fan too. This performance from our “Things That Are Cool” themed night, showcases Fiach’s trademark impish humorous onstage charm alongside his considerable songwriting skills. Fiach tours regularly and is deserving of your support. His album is available now on iTunes. Go on. Get it. [For more info: www.fiach net]

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12. Rory Faithfield

Rory is originally from Australia but has called Ireland his home for some time now. His most recent album “Songs for Sooner” is a stunner and can be picked up from his official website and the usual online outlets. Rory arrived on the brwnbread mixtape stage armed with an acoustic guitar, a loop pedal and a healthy punk rock ethos. This video of his performance is pieced together from a series of timelapsed webcam recordings of the show and Rory’s atmospheric song “Into The World” lends a perfect soundtrack to the images. Enjoy! [For more info: www.faithfield.com]

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13. The Secret Gospel Choir

The Secret Gospel Choir are one of those cool, exciting brownbread mixtape stories. They had formed only shortly beforehand through a shared love of choral singing in a well known Dublin choir. Their performance at our “Secrets” themed show ended up being one of the true highlights of the year and it seems hard to believe that this was their first time ever onstage together. In fact, they were so brand new that their name was made up on the spot by Kalle as they had yet to christen themselves. This performance of the Billy Ocean classic “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” has bundles of joy, quirkiness and gorgeous harmonies. It’s hardly any wonder that they have already been snapped up to sing for other fantastic musicians. We love the secret choir. And that’s not a secret.

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14. Wayne Brennan

Wayne is a phenomenal guitar player and a hypnotic presence onstage. He recently released a wonderful album of songs entitled “In My Hands” which can be purchased on iTunes and the usual outlets. This performance of his instrumental piece “Peace in Your Mind” is a briliant showcase of his wizardry on the Spanish guitar and an electrified audience duly responded with roars of appreciation. (Earlier in the night he had performed a brilliant cover of Spanish Caravan by The Doors ) Wayne will be touring around Ireland in early 2011 so go out and catch him live if you can. It is an unforgettable experience. [For more info: www.waynebrennan.com]

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15. Miss Paula Flynn

Paula Flynn writes and performs gorgeous, heartfelt songs. Many of you will recognise her as the voice of the cover version of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” from the Ballygowan ad, or indeed as the other half of Jinx Lennon’s live show in recent years. But Paula is a gifted and arresting solo songwiter in her own right these days. This recording of “Little Miss Forkhill” (ably assisted by Greg McAteer on guitar) is a sweet, meditative look back at her formative years in Forkhill , Co. Antrim. She was kind enough to proclaim that the brownbread mixtape is “the best session in Ireland” and we think she is pretty damn amazing herself! [For more info: www.misspaulaflynn.com]

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Special shout-out:

Rook and the Ravens

Rook and the Ravens are from Manchester and have a solid fanbase of followers here in Ireland, which means we have the privilege of seeing one of the very best acts from the UK several times a year in Dublin. The lads are one of the most popular acts we have ever had at the brownbread mixtape. They sing gorgeous three-part harmonies, layered with trebly guitars, that would make Crosby, Stills and Nash weep. Kalle and Enda were asked to MC their single launch night at Crawdaddy and it was one of the most raucous, fun nights of the year. And the single sold pretty well too! Do not dare miss them the next time they roll into town. They are the real deal. [For more info: www.ravensmusic.com]

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And that was pretty much that as far as the music goes. We throughly enjoyed every minute of it and we hope that you did too. Check out our YouTube channel for loads of other brilliant performances from this year and last year as well.  And please share this page or the individual YouTube links with others if you dig them.

Go out there and support live music when you can. This golden age of music depends on your support!

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the brownbread mixtape #8 in review – now I’m a believer!

We are fast running out of superlatives to describe the epic brownbread mixtape nights we all get to share every month. Our April show was themed “This I Believe” and it was in a word : unbelievable. Thanks to all of our incredible performers and to our fantastic audience who made the event so great.

Following some unforeseen technical glitches, resulting in a failed Internet broadcast set-up, the evening began triumphantly nevertheless. Kalle and Enda kicked off the proceedings, as ever, with a song constructed using a loop pedal, some human beatboxing, flight related volcanic ash references and a discussion about beliefs, resulting in an enchanting rendition of the R Kelly classic “I believe I can fly”. Mmmm.

Our first act of the night were a late addition to the lineup but what a band! Recommended to us by the mighty Elder Roche, along came a harmonising, folksy trio you would walk straight past Crosby, Stills & Nash to hear. Rook and The Ravens, hailing from Manchester but drenched in Americana, simply blew everyone away with their powerful, poetic songs. It was another one of those rare brownbread mixtape treats that makes you feel glad to be in the room.

Next up was the well-versed poet and performer CAH-44 who delivered his trademark soundscapes and provocative poetry. The room was in its usual silent respectful, attentive state for spoken word and CAH-44 duly delivered a show that took in elements of fairytales all the way through to Jimmy Stewart movies. Awesome stuff.

Our resident brownbread players (Eva Bartley, Sean McDonagh, Gus McDonagh and Kalle Ryan) then took to the stage and entertained the crowd brilliantly with two brand new bespoke sketches for the evening that was in it. First up was the episode 2 in a now recurring series of sketches written by Kalle entitled “The State of Our Relationship”. This month’s offering of the comedy soap opera about national identity was as hilarious as it was stereotypical.

The next sketch, written by Sean, introduced us to the unusual sermon style of Father Shivers and his Polish trainee/translator Marek. A very funny glimpse into the world of catholicism and the immigrant Irish workforce. Possibly the most popular sketch of the night going by the laughter from the audience.

Closing out Side A of the mixtape was the infectiously sweet, cool and funny Jasmine Lyhagen of The Bottom Floor Band. As she regaled the audience with stories of pregnancy and inspirational indie cinema, everyone was also irresistibly drawn in by her powerful songs and captivating voice. Ably backed by our very own Enda Roche (session musician and sound man extraordinaire) she closed out her set with a bounding Swedish singalong about her son Joar.

Side B began as always with the now legendary brownbread raffle which featured the coveted limited edition “Best of the Batch” brownbread mixtape CD, as well as the ultra rare brownbread mixtape t-shirt (1 of only 2 in the world!). Prizes were won, insults were hurled, smiles were broadened and life was good.

Moving swiftly along, Kalle launched into reading a series of the audience musings and contributions on the theme of the night. The audience had scrawled down their thoughts on the copybooks provided and did not disappoint with a series of odd, funny and interesting takes on belief and faith.

Side B then picked up real pace with our first act of the second half – stand-up comedian Ronan Grace. Ronan had a really easygoing stage manner backed up with some really razor-sharp jokes which went over really well. Mixing highbrow postmodernist conceptual material with old fashioned puns and gags, he had the audience laughing blissfully along with his take on the world around him. A funny man who you should do your utmost to catch live next time he is performing.

Next up was the musical force of nature known as Bill Coleman. Bill began wistfully by reminiscing that he had launched his first EP in this very location, upstairs in The Stag’s Head, 7 years ago. History was on his side. He then launched into an energetic, passionate performance replete with loop pedals and self-harmonising that proved to be a real high tide of the night. His monster songs with euphoric choruses struck a real chord with the audience, willing him back to perform an encore. If he is performing live near you, don’t miss him. He is the real deal.

And so, closing out the night, were another set of sketches from our very own brownbread players. The first was a poem-sketch hybrid featuring a series of Kalle’s unusual childhood beliefs alongside a full Greek chorus echo type arrangement to reiterate those beliefs. Just listen for yourselves…

The final sketch (or rather, series of sketches) written by Gus and Eva were set in the tradional Irish setting of church confessional booths. Really funny and really strange. The unorthodox priestly advice is not recommended under any circumstances.

And so we had reached the conclusion of yet another ecstatic evening of humour and sadness, music and sporadic silence. It was an incredible night once again. Different to previous shows yet retaining that magical distinctive brownbread mixtape energy. Is it really possible that each month is better than the last? Yes it is. Just come along to the next show and see.

Our next show is “Things That Are Cool” on May 26th. Doors at 8.30pm. FREE admission. See you there y’all!

More audio from “This I Believe” will be up presently in the jukebox on our Myspace page

Lots of cool videos of sketches & performers from previous shows can be found at our YouTube channel

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