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The Brownbread Mixtape – May 28th – Theme: “Words, words, words…” – Fundraiser for LINGO spoken word festival

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Join us on Wed, Mary 28th in the Stag’s Head for our eclectic monthly spoken word, music and comedy show. The theme of the night is “Words, words, words…” Resident MC Kalle Ryan and super sidekick Enda Roche will be in place to keep the show ticking and kicking as always.

We are delighted to be doing the show as a fundraiser for the upcoming LINGO spoken word festival – a grassroots spoken word weekend event in Dublin, this October 17/18/19 and the first of its kind in this country! We’ve asked our good friends at Urchin Collective to curate the show and they’ve put together a staggeringly good line up for the show (see below). For an absolute bargain of 10 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians and writers working in Ireland today. We will also have our legendary raffle on the night with some supreme top drawer prizes. You won’t want to miss it.

No advance ticket sales. Guaranteed fun. Please spread the word! We want a huge crowd for this one.

MUSIC 

Pearse McGloughlin

Spook of the Thirteenth Lock

 

SPOKEN WORD

James Waller

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Special spoken word guest appearances by:
John Cummins

Colm Keegan

Erin Fornoff

 

 

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players 

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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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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About on UK & IRL tour – Oct 2013 – London, Kildare, Waterford, Dublin

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Hello spoken word fans in Dublin! The award nominated show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith is back this October for a final whistle-stop tour that will hit London, Kildare, Waterford and Dublin. Don’t miss your last ever chance to see the award nominated show. Please spread the word to any fans of theatre & poetry you know and please pick up tickets as soon as possible to show your support. It promises to be a spellbinding night from three of Ireland’s leading performance poets under the assured direction of Sarah Brennan. Come along, spread the word, share in the experience. Support great art. We can’t wait to see you there!

TICKETS FOR WATERFORD SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS FOR DUBLIN SHOW AVAILABLE HERE
(INCLUDES POST-SHOW Q & A)

TICKETS FOR LONDON SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS FOR KILDARE SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

Three Men Talking - Colm, Kalle, Stephen - (c) Jessica Ryan - www.comfyphotography.com

“Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets – Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith – take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man. 

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film. 

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.”

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Episode 6 of the Brownbread Mixtape Podcast now online – Lindsey Ryan

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The latest episode of our brilliant podcast is now available on iTunes , as an RSS feed  or on YouTube (see embedded link below). On this episode we have a delightful conversation and stunning recording session with award winning musician Lindsey Ryan. Over the course of a funny, friendly, lively conversation Lindsey talks about her life as a musician (and poet) in North Carolina, her recent album release, as well as her influences and upcoming new musical project. Lindsey also performs a superb original song, as well as two remarkable cover versions (Dirty Work by Steely Dan and Bruce Springsteen’s Tougher Than The Rest) and chooses some lovely music, poetry, comedy recordings from our live brownbread mixtape archive. A great chat with a truly great artist.

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed already and for your warm feedback on past episodes with Pearse McGloughlin, EleventyFour, Colm Keegan , Justin Grounds and Fergus Costello. 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 music and spoken word. We put this podcast together as a labour of love 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 Irish performance poetry audio showcase – Commissioned by Penduline Press, USA

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We are delighted and honoured to let you know about a special audio broadcast on performance poetry in Ireland that we recently put together for a special Irish issue of Penduline Press, a literary journal based in Portland, Oregon, USA. Our inimitable host Kalle Ryan was commissioned by guest editor Dave Lordan, to put together an audio selection of the most interesting and engaging contemporary performance poets in Ireland and the end result, an hour long broadcast, can be found at the soundcloud link below. There are, of course, many other brilliant performance poets across this country, but we simply didnt have space or existing audio recordings to include them all in this showcase.

We are very proud of it and immensely honoured to have had so many gifted poets grace our stage over the last few years.  We hope that you take a moment to listen to the broadcast and that you enjoy it. Please feel free to share it with any poetry and spoken word fans you may know. We also encourage you to read the entire current issue of Penduline which features a wide selection of great contemporary Irish writing. Enjoy!

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“[the brownbread mixtape] is a very professionally run cabaret and it has featured many of the most engaging and entertaining live arts practitioners in the country. Kalle is an excellent host and curator, a fact proven by the popularity of the monthly event. Everybody wants a gig at The Brownbread Mixtape. [ … ] Kalle probably has the closest to an overview of performance poetry in Ireland and he was the obvious choice to make a showcase selection for Penduline.” – Dave Lordan, Guest Editor, Penduline

 

Poets in order of appearance:

1. Stephen James Smith – Poem: “The Gardener”
2. John Cummins – Poem: “Brink”
3. Abby Oliveira – Poem: “the television”
4. Karl Parkinson – Poem: “The Positivity Manifesto”
5. Raven – Poem: “High John”
6. Erin Fornoff – Poem: “Hymn to the Reckless”
7. Brian Conaghan – Poem: “Waiting for the penny to drop”
8. Colm Keegan – Poem: “Ireland Is”
9. Fergus Costello – Poem: “Extract from a letter to the fella that used to be married to my sister”
10. Kalle Ryan – Poem: Excerpt from Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About”

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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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Three Men Talking at Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown – Friday March 8th

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Hello spoken word fans in Dublin! The award nominated show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith is being presented for one night only in the Draiocht in Blanchardstown on Friday, March 8th. This is the only Dublin date for the show this year, so please don’t miss this rare chance to see it again. It promises to be a spellbinding night from three of Ireland’s leading performance poets under the assured direction of Sarah Brennan. Tickets are only €16 and are already selling very well. Come along, spread the word, share in the experience. Support great art. We can’t wait to see you there!

PICK UP YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE

Three Men Talking - Colm, Kalle, Stephen - (c) Jessica Ryan - www.comfyphotography.com

“Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets – Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith – take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man. 

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film. 

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.”

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

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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.

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+

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Episode 3 of the Brownbread Mixtape Podcast now available – Colm Keegan

The latest episode of our brilliant podcast is now available on iTunes, Soundcloud and as an RSS feed here on our blog (in the menu to the right of this post) . On the latest episode we have a brilliant chat with Dublin writer and performance poet Colm Keegan. Amongst other things we talk about his favourite authors, the creative method, performing poetry and life as a writer in Dublin. Colm also selects a pair of his favourite sketches by The Brownbread Players, a powerhouse poetic performance by Catherina Behan and a superb song by Lindsey Ryan from our live show archive. It’s a great conversation that genuinely offers a unique insight into the burgeoning Dublin spoken word scene from one of its very best artists.

The Brownbread Mixtape Podcast

Make us happy campers and download & subscribe to the podcast. Thanks to all of you who have subscribed already and for your warm feedback on Episode 01 with Pearse McGloughlin and Episode 02 with EleventyFour. 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. Make waves on the surf of the web… Please do let us 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 all next time!

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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 Podcast now available on iTunes

For those of you who worship at the altar of Apple, our brilliant, new podcast is now enshrined in the spiritual safebox of iTunes. Go forth and download & subscribe below. And verily spread the word on our audible delight, let it multiply and be fruitful in the ears of others. Let there be rejoicing and gnashing of teeth in the form of feedback. Digitally commune with us on Facebook , release petite carrier pigeons by Twittery tweet or send us an electronic missive epistle to thebrownbreadmixtape@gmail.com.

The Brownbread Mixtape Podcast

On episode 1 our guest is singer-songwriter and longtime friend of the live show, Pearse McGloughlin, who has just released his second album In Movement. We spoke with him about his life in music, his inspirations & influences, as well as capturing a spectacular pair of songs in studio with us. We also took some time to listen back to a few of Pearse’s choices from our extensive audio archive of our monthly live show, which include poetry by Colm Keegan, music by Justin Grounds and a fantastic comedy sketch by The Brownbread Players. Overall it is a great first episode with some nice surprises and a few exclusives.  You can still listen to it and download it from Soundcloud  if you prefer. Do share the link to the podcast around and please, please, please let us know what you think of it. That part is really important to us! Thanks so much for your continued support and enjoy the podcast!

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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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