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The Brownbread Mixtape at Dublin Writer’s Festival – May 22 – Smock Alley

 

DublinWritersFestival20134121210705Join us on May 22nd for a special one-off “Imagination and Transformation” themed brownbread mixtape show at Smock Alley that we are staging as part of this year’s Dublin Writer’s Festival. We are honoured to be part of this prestigious event on the literary calendar and we have lined up a lively, literarily inspired bill to match. We will have powerful performance poetry from multi award winning poet Dave Lordan, snappy sketch comedy from The Brownbread Players and masterful music from Idiot Songs (songs inspired by Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and performed by Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds). We are also delighted to showcase first time performance poets from the Dublin Young Authors group. Show starts at 7pm and admission is 5 EURO.

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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:

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Hear ye, hear ye! The Brownbread Players will perform funny sketches at the Flat Lake Festival!

Festival season has begun and we are proud to announce that The Brownbread Players will be performing a selection of their weirdest, wildest and funniest sketches at the Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan on the June bank holiday weekend. It is a delightful little literary, artistic festival with all kinds of oddities abounding. In fact, attending the festival feels a lot like being in a really good episode of Father Ted. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect a charming and inspiring mix of ideas and lunacy.

The Brownbread Players will be performing in The Gonzo Theatre tent curated by the mercurial Phil Doherty, which will also feature fantastic performers like The Rubberbandits, The Gombeens, Jinx Lennon, Ghost Train Willy and many others. Other stages will be hosting top writers like Irish legend John Banville and American satirist supreme Joe Queenan, as well as mellifluous music by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and The Blood Red Mountain Band. Some of the very best spoken word and poetry performers in the country will also be performing, including The Poetry Chicks, Dave Lordan and Stephen James Smith. In other words, a truly stellar set of performers alongside a whole host of other cool events and attractions. [Check out the loopy official Flat Lake Festival website here]

We are really looking forward to it and we really hope you can make it along. It is one of the most mellow, warm and good natured festivals we have ever been to and they really deserve your support. Weekend tickets are a steal and can be purchased online at the following digital emporium> [Flat Lake Tickets Available Here ]

See you  all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

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The Brownbread Players at Flat Lake Festival

Festival season has begun and we are proud to announce that The Brownbread Players will be performing a selection of their weirdest, wildest and funniest sketches at this years Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan on the June bank holiday weekend. It is a delightful little literary, artistic festival with all kinds of oddities abounding. In fact, attending the festival feels a lot like being in a really good episode of Father Ted. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect a charming and inspiring mix of ideas and lunacy.

The Brownbread Players will be performing in The Gonzo Theatre tent curated by the mercurial Phil Doherty, which will also feature fantastic performers like The Gombeens, Jinx Lennon, Ghost Train Willy and many others. Other stages will be hosting top writers like Irish legend John Banville and American satirist supreme Joe Queenan, as well as mellifluous music by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and The Blood Red Mountain Band. Some of the very best spoken word and poetry performers in the country will also be performing, including The Poetry Chicks, Dave Lordan and Stephen James Smith. In other words, a truly stellar set of performers alongside a whole host of other cool events and attractions. [Check out the loopy official Flat Lake Festival website here]

We are really looking forward to it and we really hope you can make it along. It is one of the most mellow, warm and good natured festivals we have ever been to and they really deserve your support. Weekend tickets are a steal and can be purchased online at the following digital emporium> [Flat Lake Tickets Available Here ]

See you  all there!

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly comedy, poetry & music show in the Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.

Each  show has a theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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The Rising Irish – Poetry Showcase at Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City

If you find yourself in New York next week (or indeed if you know anyone in New York) please head along to the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Wednesday April 20th for a showcase of the very best and blazingly original, contemporary Irish poets. Culture Ireland/Imagine Ireland in association with The Glor Sessions will host this unique show and it promises to be an absolute belter. Our resident MC and spoken wordmeister Kalle Ryan will be proudly performing alongside the monstrously talented Stephen James Smith, Dave Lordan, Sarah Maria Griffin, John Cummins and Karl Parkinson (see their past performances at the brownbread mixtape below). The show starts at 6pm and is a mere ten bucks to get in. (Culture Ireland event listing here).They need all the support they can get, so please spread the word to anyone who might be interested. COME ON IRELAND!

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Kalle Ryan – The Reformartists

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Stephen James Smith – The Gardener

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Dave Lordan – Fearless

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John Cummins – Stagefright

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Karl Parkinson – The Positivity Manifesto

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Best of 2010 – Comedy Sketches by The Brownbread Players

One of the most enjoyable parts of the monthly brownbread mixtape show are the original sketches by our very own Brownbread Players sketch troupe (The Brownbread Players on Facebook). The troupe is made up of professional actors Gus McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Sean McDonagh,  as well as our own Kalle Ryan (and occasional guest star Dorothy Cotter). The writing team consists of Kalle, Sean, Gus and Eva, with additional material by Ken Rogan. 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 the evening. For that reason we believe they are definitely worthy of a “Best Of” list of their own.

It is almost impossible to pick our favourites, so here’s a baker’s dozen of them in no specific order of funniness…

[See also : Best of Poetry and Prose 2010Best of Music 2010Best of Stand Up Comedy 2010 | Overview of The Brownbread Mixtape in 2010]

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An Actual Conversation on YouTube

One of our strangest but also one of our favourite sketches where we reenact a series of genuine loony YouTube comments posted in reaction to this rather silly video. You really couldn’t make this stuff up. (We performed the sketch again at the Imagine Arts Festival and it got a great reaction then too). Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan.

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Father Shivers and Marek

This sketch is centred around the brilliantly creepy, oddball priest Father Shivers that Gus had created a few months earlier. The sketch managed to capture a lot of what was going on culturally at the time, as well as being a good old-fashioned dig at the Catholic church. There’s also some lovely ad libs at the start about Downes Bar where we were performing when this was recorded. Written by Sean McDonagh. Performed by Gus McDonagh and Sean McDonagh

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Sales Meeting

A really funny sketch set in a booze company (cough, Diageo, cough) sales meeting, where a nasty maniac of a CEO demands answers and data about the latest disappointing drinking related sales figures. As well as being scarily accurate about big business, this sketch has a really brilliant energy. The CEO is definitely a character we would like to bring back in another sketch. Written by Ken Rogan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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Commercial Breaks

There’s something really unusual about doing radio ads live but it seemed to work perfectly. In general, real radio ads these days are almost a parody of themselves , so we just went all out and conjured up the most ludicrous products, placements and companies with our own unique twist. They were so much fun to perform. The live sound cues always seemed to add to the madness a bit and they were very different from anything else we had done. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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The State of Our Relationship

We had great craic with this simple premise – What if countries were people and they were in a melodramatic soap opera called The State of Our Relationship? So, in Episode 1 we explore the relationship between Ireland and England. The sketch was so well received that we kept it going for more episodes (see below) Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley

In Episode 2 we delve deeper into our country soap opera and explore the relationship in the British Isles. Broad caricatures, sure. Funny, absolutely Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

In Episode 3 we discover that Ireland and England have an illegitimate lovechild. A real little rebel. Who could it be? Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Dorothy Cotter and Eva Bartley

In Episode 4 the excitable America arrives for the summer with suitably hilarious results. But what little secret is America hiding? Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Gus McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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Regional Jokes

Strangely enough this is one of our most viewed sketches online. It seems that people stumble across it when looking for examples of certain types of Irish accent. They may have to look a little further as we loosely tackle various regional accents and stereotypes through the medium of classic jokes. The audience reactions on this one are so good they almost sound like they were added in. They’re not. Added in that is. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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The Secret Diary of Manchester United’s John O’Shea

Kalle is from Waterford. John O’Shea is from Waterford. So this sketch was destined to happen. No one really knows much about John O’Shea. Until now. One of the odder sketches we have performed and it has become a cult favourite. What exactly is a jar of crows? Written and performed by Kalle Ryan.

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Jesus and Lucifer

We had this idea to write a sketch for Gus as Jesus. Then somehow that got mixed through a filter of The Sopranos and other Hollywood mafia cliches. Christballs has never been funnier. Fuggedaboutit. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Gus McDonagh.

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Rest of the World vs Ireland

In Ireland our attitude to life and everything around us is distinctly different to everywhere else in the world. So we took that to the ultimate extreme. Really quickfire, quite silly, full of great gags and the audience seemed to really connect with it on the night. Many a true word spoken in jest. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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Celebrity Self-less-ishness

Self-important celebrities & their charity work were the main target here. It is an absolutely hilarious piece that also manages to savage those fluffy ‘Expose’ style interviews too. The best part is towards the end, as the sketch draws to a close, Sean and Eva start cracking up and it only makes the sketch even funnier. It is a great snapshot of a classic night at the brownbread mixtape where the cast fluffs their lines, laugh it off and the audience roars in approval. Written by Sean McDonagh. Performed by  Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley.

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The New Day Job

So many modern companies like Boogle and Facebuke have ridiculous amounts of perks and freebies associated with the working environment, so we just took that to the most ludicrous extremes. Or maybe they are the reality? Either way, wouldn’t you love to have a unicorn racing room? Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley

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Do you speak my language?

Quite an unusual sketch utilising this gobbledygook nonsense speak that was centred around the idea that meaning could be inferred from almost any conversation really. The lines were almost impossible to say but really fun to imbue with meaning. Dik dak drak in de barsnak? Fair play to the audience for going along with it! Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Sean McDonagh.

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Dublin Teenager of the Future

Eva had done a slightly toned down version of a character like this in a different sketch, so she really was able to bring this absurd speech to life. Something always made us chuckle at the silly slang and futuristic details as delivered by a vapid teenager from a future Dublin suburb. Would still love to know what a YouTube party is. Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Eva Bartley.

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BONUS sketch:

The Definitive View – Poetry Panel

This sketch was written as a silly way of making fun of pretentious arts shows, as well as “roasting” some of the many brilliant poets we have met during the year. The character of Sneachta Ni Mhurchu had always got a massive response when we performed the fake radio ads, so we just knew she needed her own sketch. Fair play to Colm Keegan (The Crackle) , Karl Parkinson (The Positivity Manifesto), Stephen James Smith (Signing Your Life Away) and Dave Lordan (Fearless) for being such good sports about the sketch. It requires a little bit of knowledge about their poetry and performance styles (click the links and listen), but hopefully it works as a stand alone sketch too. Join us for the definitive view! Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Elderest McDonagh, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley

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There are, of course, bucketloads of other brilliant sketches that didn’t make this list. They can all be found on our YouTube channel, so please check it out and if you dig what you see, we encourage you to subscribe to it. Every month the YouTube channel is updated with brand new sketches and more from our live shows. There are over 100 videos available for your viewing pleasure there already!

This year, The Brownbread Players will also be breaking free of their mixtape shackles and performing at other venues. Stay up to date on the blog and Facebook page about those shows! Exciting times up ahead!

We also hope to film some additional sketches & short films and post them to the channel, so keep an eye out for those. In fact, we have already added the short film “Modern Ireland” (Dir. David Bagnall & David O’Sullivan) which we are very proud of.

Kalle was inspired by the film to put together a sweet video for the Paschal Quigley song of the same name, which has also been uploaded to the channel. Worth a look too.

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Best of 2010 – Poetry & Prose

This is the first in a series of “Best Of” 2010 posts and what better way to kick it off than with the remarkable spoken word performers we have seen this year at the brownbread mixtape. Poets and prose writers alike were at the heart of the brownbread show and this list showcases the very best proponents and practitioners of the art in Ireland right now. No only do these performers inspire, they also electrify and elucidate that which swirls around us. The spoken word when done right is shamanistic & cathartic and truthfully each one of these performers gave us an experience like that when they performed this year. Click on the links below and relive some of that magic. So, without further ado, not in any specific order, we give you a baker’s dozen of the best moments in poetry and prose this year at the brownbread mixtape

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

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1. Colm Keegan

Colm is quite simply one of our great Irish writers and he is one of our very favourite performers. He claims that his best ever gig was at the brownbread mixtape back in March of this year. He performed a new poem on the night that he had written specifically for the show called “Ireland is…” which was ridiculously good. [Since then he has recorded it and released it on iTunes as part of The Unruly Trinity collaborative project with Simon Quigley and Mark Cullen. Download it!] As the recording device was faulty on the night of the gig, we sadly have no useable footage of it and instead are posting the clip above from Colm’s first ever time performing at the brownbread mixtape last year when he recited his signature poem “The Crackle”. An amazing poem that captures the zeitgeist and wraps it up in Colm’s trademark hope for the city he loves! Unsurprisingly, Colm has been short-listed for the Sunday Tribune’s Hennessy X.O Literary Awards on three separate occasions (possibly even four). As well as being the current All Ireland Poetry Slam champion, he also finds the time every month to run the magical and hugely popular Nighthawks gig at the Cobalt Café with Stephen Kennedy (which is deadly). He also appears regularly as a reviewer on Arena arts show on RTE Radio 1. Talented bastard! Suffice it to say, Colm is the real deal and you’ll be learning his poems for the Leaving Cert if there is any justice.  Find him and dig him. [Uiscebot Blog]

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2. Stephen James Smith

Stephen performed on a couple of occasions during the year at the brownbread mixtape and every single time he knocked it out of the park. This rendition of his poem “The Gardener” was one of those amazing spine tingling recitals that he is so damn good at. Elder Roche’s understated piano accompaniment adds so much to the experience. It was one of those special nights were the hushed room really responded and hopefully that comes through in the video above. For those of you that don’t know Stephen, he is a brilliant performance poet and a bit of a legend in Dublin. Not only is he a former Cúirt International Literary Festival Grand Slam Poetry Champion, he is also the MC and organiser of the excellent weekly Glór Sessions in the International Bar. (If you haven’t been to the Glór Sessions on a Monday night yet, then ask yourself why not. It is free and attracts some of the best acts in Ireland and beyond.) Last year Stephen proudly represented Ireland at the Vilenica Literary Festival in Slovenia, this year he recited at a prestigious invitation-only Polish literary festival and he is currently recording an EP of Irish poems with the gifted musician Enda Reilly. Stephen is a truly hypnotic presence onstage and is consistently one of our most popular past performers at the brownbread mixtape. Make it your duty in 2011 to see him live. You’ll be glad you did. [Get more info at StephenJamesSmith.com]

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3. Karl Parkinson

Karl is a poet that just demands the ears of a room. He has a langorous, direct style that takes in all the facets of a lived life and mixes them up with his love of popular culture. He has been described by the Evening Herald as “a beat poet who almost defies description; part Allen Ginsberg, part Snoop Dogg” and who are we to argue? This poem captures both his optimistic take on the world, as well as his ability to weave in strands of his many different influences. His chapbook “A Sacrament of song”, is currently available to purchase from Wurmpress and it is well worth your time and money. Karl has a point of view that is gaining an audience and it is easy to understand why. Seek him out. [Karl Parkinson on myspace]

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4. Colm Liddy

Colm is a wonderfully witty, whimsical and lyrical prose writer. In person he delivers his stories with real understated humour and deft touches. Much like the gifted North Carolina humorist David Sedearis, he manages to make the everyday seem more real and more funny with every sentence. And for the full experience, much like Sedaris, the stories truly come alive in the live arena. The above story was one we heard Colm tell originally at Electric Picnic and it was no less engaging on this occasion at the brownbread mixtape. His Penguin published book “40 fights between husbands and wives” is similarly funny and touching and you really should buy it now!. Keep an eye out for his first novel early in 2011. [ColmLiddy.com]

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5. Dave Lordan

Dave Lordan is a ball of energy and his poetry is a fiery, all-consuming experience. He stunned the brownbread mixtape crowd with his powerful poetry this summer with a series of poems that dipped into politics, religion, recession and personal experience. The performance of “Fearless” was classic Lordan. It was passionate, human & genuinely raucous and has been one of the most talked about moments of the year at the brownbread mixtape.His recent publication “Invitation to a Sacrifice” is an astonishing piece of work that unflinchingly captures the zeitgeist. On the page, Lordan is a master provocateur and ideas man. Onstage, he is a shaman who will take you to the places you never realised you wanted to go. See it and believe it. [Dave Lordan @ Salmon Poetry]

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6. Edward Denniston

Edward is a terrific poet, hailing originally from Longford but based in Waterford for many years and none the worse off for it! His intelligent, thoughtful and inventive poetry truly captured our audience’s imagination at Downes Bar in Waterford in October of this year (as part of the Imagine Arts Festival). His introductory stories were as poetic and engaging as his poems and it was a true honour to have him perform on the brownbread mixtape stage. His website below contains an e-book with magnificent poems and we encourage you to take the time to read it. One of the best collections of this or any year. [EdwardDenniston.com]

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7. Catherina Behan

Catherina is a poet who gives of herself so deeply and personally with each performance that it almost feels voyeuristic to see her perform. And by the same token she manages to bring you so close to her heart that you can’t help but feel that each poem is written just for you. On two occasions she has performed at the brownbread mixtape and each time she has wowed the crowd with her carefully constructed poems. “Happy Birthday to Me” was a poem we first heard at the Flat Lakes Festival this summer and it truly floored us. This particular performance is one of her very best. Alas, she is presently emigrating to Australia which is the Dublin spoken word scene’s loss, but with a bit of luck she will perform for us via the world wide web in the new year. Her voice is strong and we look forward to hearing it no matter where we find ourselves. [Catherina Behan on myspace]

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8. Philip Lynch

Phil is a true gentleman and a genuine old-school bard. His poems capture the essence of the human condition and are peppered with humour, hope and melancholy. He is one of the poets that received the most warm responses of the year and it is easy to hear why. This poem “Progress” captured the audience’s imagination on the night and really showcases his lyricism. Phil performs regularly in Dublin at the many poetry events around the city and we strongly encourage you to take the time to listen to his measured and insightful poetry.

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9. Niamh Bagnell

Niamh did a great performance at the brownbread mixtape at the start of this year and really endeared herself to the bubbly crowd. Her snappy poem “Without My Phone”, which we have shared here, has all of her trademark dry-humour and humanity. As well as regularly writing her wonderfully poetic blog, Various Cushions, she has also hosts the fantastic “Sunday Scrapbook” show on Liffey Sound FM that showcases contemporary writers and performers. Click the link and be prepared to spend hours in her poetic wonderland. [Various Cushions]

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10 CAH-44

CAH-44  is a performance poet and one of the few true proponents of sound-poems in Dublin that we have come across. He is one of the regular hosts of “Tongue Box” spoken word night at the Cobblestone pub every month and is truly passionate about the spoken word. His chapbook “still beat / still beat” has recently been published by wurmpress at Wurm im Apfel and is well worth 3 of your euros. This poem, “For the Princess and her Pea” is taken from his performance earlier this year and is full of Cah-44’s trademark inventiveness and lyricism. Seek Cah-44 out in a live setting and experience his unique style for your self. [CAH-44 on myspace]

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11. John Cummins

John is a truthful and genuine poet who imbues his performances with real humanity and sensitive slices of his life. His easygoing manner onstage is both warm & engaging and this performance of his poem “Stagefright” was one of many delights on the night. After a protracted absence from live performance, John is making a major return to the scene and we strongly encourage you to check him out. He is a true gentleman and a wonderful wordsmith worthy of your time. [John Cummins on myspace]

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12. Brian Conaghan

Brian is a talented poet with a dazzling array of cleverly constructed, heartfelt and humorous poems. His performance earlier this year at the brownbread mixtape was one of those super moments of jaw-dropping coolness. It was a true showcase of his razor-sharp wit & lyrical abilities and this rendition of “Waiting for the Penny to Drop” was one of those magical, electric moments that lit up the room. He also performed the hilarious poem “Crazy C*nt” on the night and that is well worth a gander too. Keep an eye out for Brian as he is world class and his name is one that will undoubtedly cross your path again.

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13. Stephen Walsh

Sometimes little surprises are the sweetest moments of the night. Stephen’s performance at the Imagine Festival in Waterford (which he had helped to organise, praise him) was one of those special moments conjured out of the ether that left the room mesmerised and satisfied. With the soft gentle tones of Elder Roche’s piano underpinning an absurd and authentic poetic exploration of working life, he captured our attention decisively and beautifully. The Munster Express said of the performance: “Stephen Walsh shone in a rant of a poem about refusing promotion in a business as life world”. True dat.

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Special shout out: Erin Fornoff

Erin is a hip lady from the mountains of North Carolina and earlier this year she performed a blazingly engaging recital of the classic Shel Silverstein poem “The Perfect High”. The audience was electrified by her warm, goofy and giving performance of the dynamic, brilliant poem. At the brownbread mixtape christmas party she performed some of her own poems and held the room in stunned silence. You will hear her perform these and more in the new year at the brownbread mixtape. Until then, enjoy the wildly entertaining rendition of “The Perfect High”. Talent to burn so she has.

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So that was the spoken word year that was. It was varied, wild, wondrous and eclectic in the way that any good mixtape should be. We throughly enjoyed every minute of it and we hope that you did too. Please share this page or the individual YouTube links with others if you dig them. And go out there and support live spoken word shows. They need you as much as you need them!

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the brownbread mixtape #10 in audiovisual review

The most recent brownbread mixtape was a roaring success once again, with absolutely fantastic performances all round. Massive thanks to all the performers as well as our wonderful audience. We really are going from strength to strength each month! Here are some YouTube clips with photo montages & audio of the night to let you feel the stinking love once more. Enjoy!

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Dave Lordan kicked things off by belting out his hilarious poem “Fearless”. His latest book of poems “Invitation to a Sacrifice” is available now.

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The resident Brownbread Players (Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan) perform a hilarious new episode of their ongoing soap opera entitled “The State of Our Relationship”. This month’s episode is “The Relationship within Ireland and England” which features a rebellious young upstart (played by guest star Dorothy Cotter). [You can watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 here]

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The Brownbread Players humorously read aloud a series of genuine personal ads culled from the world wide web. Truth is stranger than fiction…

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Herm deliver a cracking rendition of their latest single “Rearrange”. Taken from their marvellous album “Monsters

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Side B kicked off with Kalle reading out audience submitted anecdotes and stories about love.

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Gerry McBride delivered a really funny set about fashionable tv shows, car based love and so much more.

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The Brownbread Players read a second batch of absolutely real personal ads from the internet. You couldn’t write this stuff…

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The Brownbread Players literally speak the unspoken subtextual truths in a conversation between every husband and wife.

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The Guilty Folk (with special guest EleventyFour) perform the wild and wonderful song “Happy”. Both acts are performing regularly throughout the summer. Make it your duty to see them live.

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The Guilty Folk close out the evening with their angry, sexy, stinking love ballad “Hate Sex”. Don’t knock it till you tried it.

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Another great month of amazing performances, raucous fun and a wonderful audience. Thank you all and we will see you all on July 28th for the next brownbread mixtape. The theme of the night will be “the future”!

Cheers! — Kalle and Enda

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the brownbread mixtape #10 – Love Stinks – June 30th 2010

the brownbread mixtape is an amazing free monthly gig. each gig has a theme. we invite poets, musicians, comedians. they do a performance related to the theme. we all have loads of fun. simple as that.

brownbread mixtape #10 is on Wed, June 30th at 8.30pm, upstairs in the Stag’s Head. the theme for this month is “Love Stinks”

please join us, as we have an incredible line up of the very best contemporary performers, who you would normally have to pay big piles of cash to see, but for one night only, they come together and perform for art’s sake. for free. for you.

resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place again to deliver some laugh out loud interludes and get a Pavlovian response by holding up his homemade *applause* sign. resident sound man Enda Roche will also be in the corner fiddling with his knobs as usual.

the following stupendous performers are confirmed to play>

MUSIC

The Guilty Folk |

The Guilty Folk, comprising of Aidan Comerford and Sarah Williams, are known for their weird, wonderful and witty original songs and their astoundingly competent live performances. They like their sardonic duets served warm with country ham, old-fashioned cheese, and truly overpowering relish. In short, if these people were soup there’d be eatin’ and drinkin in ‘em. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome them back to the stage to unleash their guilty folking. They are sharp, witty and and sing the catchiest damn songs this side of The Beatles.

Herm |

Herm is the offspring of Her and Him. Herm’s debut album MONSTERS was released last year and was described by Hot Press magazine as “a must for fans of uneasy listening”. Two previous singles taken from it were HEADS and YEAR OF THE HORSE. Both were nominated for awards – the Irish Music Television Awards, and the International Songwriting Competition respectively. Current single REARRANGE is a riposte to Gloria Gaynor’s I WILL SURVIVE and can be heard at http://www.herm.tv. The brownbread mixtape is riotously happy to bring the musical magic of Herm to you.

“Bold and ambitious, Herm brings the listener on a stylistic road-trip… a powerful showcase of a considerable talent” — Connected

POETRY

Dave Lordan |

Dave was born in Derby, England, in 1975, and grew up in Clonakilty in West Cork. In 2004 he was awarded an Arts Council bursary and in 2005 he won the Patrick Kavanagh Award for Poetry. His collections are “The Boy in The Ring” (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon Poetry, 2007), which won the Strong Award for best first collection by an Irish writer and was shortlisted for the Irish Times poetry prize; and “Invitation to a Sacrifice” (Salmon Poetry, 2010). Eigse Riada theatre company produced his first play, Jo Bangles, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum in 2010. He has lived in Holland, Greece and Italy, and now resides in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Dave Lordan is a fearless, brilliant poet and the brownbread mixtape is seriously excited to have him perform with us.

“Invitation to A Sacrifice demands to be read and heard in the way that Lordan’s great precursors (including Burroughs and Bolaño) command our attention. No other Irish poet writing today has a clearer sense of the rottenness of the contemporary Irish state, or the courage to critique it in the way Lordan does in this collection” – Dr Philip Coleman TCD

COMEDY

Gerry McBride |

Voted Comedian of the Year 2009 and winner of the prestigious Tedfest New Comedian award, Gerry McBride has been making a name for himself the length and breadth of the country as one of the most original and hilarious new acts on the scene. Spot-on observations delivered with precision timing make this Monaghan comic a real name to watch. the brownbread mixtape is thrilled to have Gerry perform his funny funny material for you funny funny people.

THE BROWNBREAD PLAYERS |

Brand new funny skits and sketches on the theme of the night as written and performed by our resident brownbread players (Sean McDonagh, Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley — plus special guest envoy from China: Niall McDonagh).

OTHER COOL STUFF

As always, there will be some lovely little SURPRISES along the way.

And a RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes (incl. the limited edition brownbread mixtape CD)

Barring any technical hitches. we will be broadcasting LIVE ON D’INTERNET here.

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!

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