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The Brownbread Mixtape is in Waterford at the Imagine Arts Festival on Monday!

We are taking the brownbread mixtape on the road to Waterford to perform at the Imagine Arts Festival this Monday, October 31st. We will be performing in Downes Bar, the greatest pub in Ireland (FACT!)  Here’s the scoop:


The theme for this unique brownbread mixtape show at the Imagine Festival will be “Halloween” and we have a truly fantastic lineup of artists on the night [Imagine Arts Festival online listing here]


Stephen James Smith & Enda Reilly |

“Stephen James Smith is a ball of hydrogen gas that should be pumped into every household across the land. He knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual “birds and bees, whey and cheese” nonsense you find at poetry readings” – Jinx Lennon

“I truly cannot think of another Irish solo artist who’s even close to creating the type of music [Enda Reilly] is.” – The Event Guide

Fergus Costello |

Fergus Costello is a performance poet based in Tipperary and is the current Munster slam poetry champion. He was also the winner of the Cuisle International Poetry Festival Grand Slam held at The Locke Bar, Limerick in 2010. Fergus is also a highly regarded artist and his work has been displayed widely. the brownbread mixtape is beyond excitement to welcome Fergus and his mercurial talents to the stage.


Deaf Joe |

Deaf Joe is the nickname of Waterford musician Joe Harney. He originally started out writing music for theatre, but was convinced to consider putting out his own music by friends who heard a demo of a track he had left over from a show that never went into production. To date he has released three EPs through Dublin’s Delphi Label, and is currently preparing his first full-length album for release later in the year. He also sometimes joins the live line-up of fellow Waterfordian Katie Kim. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome the mellifluous talents of Deaf Joe to our stage.

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


The Brownbread Players |


Barring any technical hitches, we will be broadcasting the show LIVE ON D’INTERNET here 

We will be having our deadly RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes

And you can expect lots of surprises and silliness

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!


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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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 ]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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.


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]


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]


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]


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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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 ]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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.


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]


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]


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]


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.


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.


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.


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 – 2010 in reverse view


Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

It’s the end of the year and time to be reflective, pensive and festive! So we thought we would take a peek back and celebrate the incredible year we have had at the brownbread mixtape!

The show has now grown into a remarkable event that is attended by 100+ people each month and our YouTube channel now has over 100 videos of incredible performances from the show too. Sincere thanks to every single performer and to every one of you who attended & supported the night this year. You make the show what it is.

So, please join us and take a quick look at the many cool brownbread mixtape achievements and delights in 2010.

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


FEB 2010 – Dublin Community Blog Interview

Back in February, Marcel at the Dublin Community Blog interviewed Kalle and Enda about the brownbread mixtape and it turned out to be a really great snapshot of the night, as well as being instrumental in drawing a new crowd to our shows.

“…one of the most interesting events that is currently happening in Dublin city is this monthly themed night of music, spoken word and performance…” Read the full article here


MARCH 2010 – The Best of the Batch: A Baker’s Dozen of Brownbread Mixtape Tracks

In March we compiled and designed a seriously cool collection of our favourite performances from the brownbread mixtape shows thus far.

Filmmaker and designer David Bagnall from New York City put together the brilliant cover art.

We then made up a limited run of 39 copies (3 baker’s dozens) and each one was handmade & numbered. They were subsequently raffled off at our shows and are destined to be collector’s items!


APR 2010 – Our Blood Is Boiling For Ireland!

Kalle wrote a song entitled “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland” and recorded it at Enda’s studio in Leixlip. He submitted it to the Irish Times for their alternative Irish national anthem competition and then promptly forgot about it. Then something amazing happened!

The competition, judged by members of the Duckworth Lewis Method and staff of the Irish Times, deemed Kalle’s rousing anthem to be the winner! COME ON IRELAND!

The new alternative Irish national anthem had been given a stamp of approval (as well as prize money and Electric Picnic tickets!) and a blood-boiling new Irish beast was born!

“It was somehow angry, fun and patriotic all at the same time.” – Shane Hegarty, Irish Times (Read full article here)

Following airplay on Today FM and a positive response from so many of you, it has gone on to become a cult hit on YouTube, clocking up thousands of hits. BOOM!

Of course it has since become the signature closing number at every brownbread mixtape show, usually delivered raucously and fervently in true drink-taken style. It will continue to be our unofficial Irish anthem and we fully endorse the Facebook campaign to make it an official anthem at Irish sporting events.

Spread the word. Sing it in pubs. Shout it at matches. Roar it in your sleep. Maintain a constant rolling boil!



JUNE 2010 – Bubblin Dublin and the DIY effect!

In June we were honoured to be included in a fascinating article by Davin O’Dwyer in the Irish Times that took a look at the growing trend of “DIY events” in Dublin. The wonderful, collaborative spirit that currently abounds in the arts scene was nicely captured and gave readers a real insight into the wealth of affordable and free high quality gigs that are happening around this fair city.

“…a decidedly more freewheeling atmosphere, is the Brown Bread Mixtape, a monthly blend of Scrap Saturday-style sketches, poetry, music and stand-up comedy hosted by poet Kalle Ryan and musician Enda Roche in the Parlour Bar above the Stag’s Head pub…” Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times (read the article in full here. It also features brilliant photos from the May gig, taken by the talented Jessica Ryan)

Kalle’s poem, The Reformartists, that is mentioned in the article was performed several times during the year at the brownbread mixtape and can be viewed below. It contains references to many of the individuals and gigs mentioned in the article such as the Glor Sessions, Nighthawks and more. See if you can spot them.

Something is really happening!

AUG 2010 – The Guilty Folk sees Brown Bread Rising

The fantastic musicmakers The Guilty Folk also have a very nifty and often humorous blog about contemporary music and arts. (As an aside, band members Aidan and Sarah met at one of the first brownbread mixtapes and have been collaborating ever since) In August, Aidan wrote a glowing review of the brownbread mixtape. It was the first ever review of the night and he did a terrific job of capturing the essence of the night. In fact, he was generous, cool, insightful, witty and absolutely correct.

“There’s nothing quite like it in Dublin, and it should be considered a treasure”  ( Read the full review  here )


SEPT 2010 – Who’s that on the horizon? Why its Jeff Nelson of course!

In September we had a raffle as per usual, but it was no ordinary raffle. It created a legend. The theme of the night was “Secrets” and in keeping with that, we had a secret grand prize contained in a brown envelope marked “Top Secret”. When the winner was announced, we asked him to approach the stage to open it in front of everyone. That winner was called Jeff Nelson. The crowd began chanting his name continuously throughout the night. He was mentioned in song intros and outros by all of the acts onstage. A legend was born.

Cut to one month later, EleventyFour was on the bill at the brownbread mixtape. She had been in the audience the previous month and had chanted “JEFF NELSON, JEFF NELSON…” along with us all. In a lightbulb moment of inspired musical brilliance she had composed a song entitled “Jeff Nelson” to honour the mysterious legendary figure. The song is a classic and unsurprisingly it was emphatically and instantly embraced by the adoring crowd. A truly magical moment!


OCT 2010 – The brownbread mixtape on tour!

In October we were thrilled to take the brownbread mixtape on the road for the first time ever.

We loaded up the old brownbread tourbus and took our show down to the wonderful Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford

On Halloween night we packed a large crowd in to Downes Bar (possibly the greatest pub in the world) for an amazing show. Some of Ireland’s best new acts were on the bill including Pearse McGloughlin, Elder Roche, EleventyFour and Stephen James Smith.

Locally based poet Edward Denniston performed some excellent poems and local musician and writer, Stephen Walsh regaled us with a brilliant prose poem about the vagaries of working life, and Waterford musical hero Deaf Joe Harney also made an appearance to accompany Pearse McGloughlin on clarinet on the song “Mercedes and the Kingfisher”.

The Brownbread Players took the opportunity to reflect on a years worth of sketches and present the best of the bunch. They went over a storm with the crowd and were described in the Munster Express as being “zany, fresh, exciting and of broadcastable quality”

In fact, the local newspapers were effusive and extremely generous in their praise of the night, and for that we thank them:

(An) energetic performance (that) showcased a witty range of comedy music and poetry (which) makes you understand why the act have gained a reputation in the renowned Dublin spoken word scene”– Waterford News & Star

“I loved the hi-energy excitement of the event. (…) It was a great blast of freshness and inventiveness” – Liam Murphy, Munster Express

We absolutely loved the experience and hope to take the show out on tour again next year. Keep an eye out for us!


OCT 2010 – Uiscebot calls us “the best night out in Dublin”

Influential blogger Uiscebot (aka the poet Colm Keegan) hailed the brownbread mixtape as the best night out in Dublin. He listed the top ten reasons to go to our show, which were funny and heartfelt. It’s wildly flattering as he runs Nighthawks at The Cobalt Cafe with Stephen Kennedy, which is actually the best night in Dublin.

“They have the most electrically charged room I’ve ever been in…” (Read the full article here )


DEC 2010 – Little films and musical videos on the YouTube channel

This December, Kalle has started posting up original content to complement the live footage and clips from the monthly gigs. The first of these is a curious, yet cool little short film entitled “Modern Ireland” that Kalle made last year. [directed by award winning directors, David O’Sullivan ( Moore Street Masala) and David Bagnall (Getting Out )]. Inspired by the Paschal Quigley song of the same name, it takes an oddball look at modern ireland. It has received really warm praise and kind responses from all who have seen it, with comparisons even the ledgebag Samuel Beckett.

Inspired by the reception the film received, Kalle pieced together an original music video to accompany the original Paschal Quigley song “Modern Ireland”. At times humorous and at times deadly serious, it seems suitably apt for the times we currently find ourselves in. We hope you enjoy it.

Next year we hope to create more original films, sketches and more for the YouTube channel, as well as post performances from each show. Thanks to all of you who have subscribed so far! To the rest, we say, what are you waiting for!


2011 – What’s next?

We are really excited about what 2011 will bring. We have grand plans, wild ideas and open minds. Whatever comes along, we look forward to it all and are happy to have you along for the journey!

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming days for a series of Best-Of posts from the year gone by. See you all in January for a brand new show!


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the brownbread mixtape @ Imagine Arts Festival – oct 31st – Downes Bar, Waterford

We took the brownbread mixtape on the road for the first time and it was a roaring success! As part of the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford, we performed in the greatest pub in the world, Downes, to a really lovely crowd. Thanks to you all for coming out to support us, it meant a lot.

We were bowled over by the warm reception we received in Downes and we really hope that we can take the show on the road again in the new year to more locations around this fair country, as well as further afield. We also hope to be back in Waterford again. Let us know if you are interested in the brownbread mixtape coming to your town (thebrownbreadmixtape@gmail.com)

The local newspapers were also effusive and generous in their praise of the night:

(An) energetic performance (that) showcased a witty range of comedy music and poetry (which) makes you understand why the act have gained a reputation in the renowned Dublin spoken word scene”– Waterford News & Star

“I loved the hi-energy excitement of the event. (…) Throughout the evening the topical sketches with pre-recorded links were zany, fresh, exciting and of broadcastable quality. (…) The quality and exuberance continued (…) and it was a great blast of freshness and inventiveness” – Liam Murphy, Munster Express

Below are a series of audio and photo montages of the different performers on the night. If you like what you see, please pass on the links to others and sign up to our YouTube channel for more past performances.


The delightful EleventyFour opens the show by regaling us with a list of all of her cool types of friends. We are so delighted to be her friend.

Poet Edward Denniston regaled us with a terrific tale of his eccentric uncle in the poem “Odd isn’t the word”

Kalle read us hilarious extracts from the secret diary of Waterford’s favourite son, John O’Shea of Manchester United and Ireland fame.

The Brownbread Players (Gus McDonagh, Eva Bartley, Sean McDonagh and Kalle Ryan) dipped back into Internet waters for their classic sketch about vitriolic YouTube commenting conversational behaviour. LOL

The Brownbread Players performed a hysterical sketch about the differing attitudes in Ireland versus the rest of the world, which was described by Waterford News & Star as “hilariously accurate”.

Pearse McGloughlin (accompanied by local artist Deaf Joe) performed the delicate “Mercedes and the Kingfisher”, taken from his current Twine EP

Pearse McGloughlin closed out his set with his fantastic song “Morning Mist”, also taken from his current Twine EP. We dare you to listen to it and not sing along to “the birds, the birds, the birds…”

Dublin poet Stephen James Smith delivers his powerful poem “Ticking Clock” to a captivated audience. Word.

The Brownbread Players tackle the wonders of God in their guises as Father Shivers and his Polish trainee Marek


The Brownbread Players treat us to a madcap commercial break unlike any you’ve heard before. Hasta la vista baby back ribs!

Stephen Walsh took us on a tour through the quirky kingdom of his mind. Knockout performance!


Elder Roche opened up his set with a marvellous rendition of his Brecht-Weill-esque song “Figures Dressed in Black”


Elder Roche then mesmerised the audience with his wonderful song “Time Will Tell”.


And that, as they say, was that. It was a truly emotional night with so many magical moments. Thanks to John De Bromhead at Downes bar for putting on the show, thanks to Imagine Arts Festival for bringing us down to perform and thanks to all of the performers who are all destined for greatness.

See you all at the November show where the theme is “A Hero of Mine”

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the brownbread mixtape at the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford – Oct 31st – Downes Bar – 8pm



“(a) freewheeling atmosphere […] a monthly blend of Scrap Saturday-style sketches, poetry, music and stand-up comedy” – Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times

For one night only, Dublin’s premier monthly arts night, the brownbread mixtape is coming to the Imagine Festival in Waterford!

Each brownbread mixtape show has a theme. We invite the best contemporary Irish poets, musicians and comedians to perform. They do a performance related to the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

The critically acclaimed show is hosted and run by resident MC & Waterford native Kalle Ryan, along with trusty sidekick and multi-instru-mentalist Enda Roche.

The theme for this unique brownbread mixtape show at the Imagine Festival will be “Imagination” and we have a truly fantastic lineup of artists on the night>


Elder Roche | http://www.elderroche.com/

Elder is a true musical poet who has shared the stage with many of Ireland’s best, including Damien Rice, Paddy Casey and Damien Dempsey. His slapping grooves and roots overtones have seen his concerts gain a legendary, almost cult status. Elder recently released his magnificent debut album “Nobody Knows” to huge critical acclaim, with reviewers likening him to legends like Tom Waits and David Bowie. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Elder’s deft and delicate piano songs to the brownbread mixtape stage. Get ready to hear a real troubadour at the peak of his powers.

“Manly vocals and powerful storytelling songs bring to mind the genius of Leonard Cohen” – News of the World

Pearse McGloughlin | http://www.walkperson.net/

Pearse hails originally from Sligo and last year he released his debut album “Busy Whisper” to huge critical acclaim. The album offers beautifully haunting songs of forgotten moments and quiet reflection. Dreamy and atmospheric, ghostly but tender, Busy Whisper explores the themes of memory and longing, and has an organic aesthetic reminiscent of Grand Salvo or Red House Painters. Busy Whisper made many prestigious ‘Best Albums of 2009’ lists while the video for ‘Ways to Kill a Werewolf’ won an IMTV Award in the Best Male Video category. Pearse performed at the recent Hard Working Class Heroes Festival and recorded a 2FM session earlier this year. This year has also seen him tour in Ireland, Spain and France, while also finding the time to record a batch of new songs for his highly anticipated upcoming EP. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to bring Pearse’s finely crafted songwriting to the stage.  Knockout songs from an immense talent.
“An immediately engaging performer, whose natural demeanour and soft-spoken asides offer little indication as to the extent of his talent, both as a musician and songwriter” – Art and Soul UK

EleventyFour | http://www.myspace.com/eleventyfour

EleventyFour came into the world backwards and has done things in her own way ever since. She drove her stolen forklift onto the Dublin music scene in 2008 and since then has built a loyal following. Jim Carroll picked her as one of his 5 Future Sounds in The Irish Times ‘The Ticket’. Since then she has received oodles of radio airplay and recorded an acoustic session for the Green and Live show on Limerick’s Live 95FM. The brownbread mixtape is excited to bring EleventyFour’s inimitably charming tunes to the stage. She is quirky, cool and her stage banter is warmer than a yuletide fire.

”…cute as a button Kimya Dawson-like songs…” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times


Stephen James Smith | http://www.StephenJamesSmith.com/

Stephen is a remarkable 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. Last year he proudly represented Ireland at the Vilenica Literary Festival in Slovenia and is currently recording an EP of Irish poems with musician Enda Reilly. Stephen is a truly hypnotic presence onstage and is one of our most popular past performers at the brownbread mixtape. Poetry that rages far from the page.
“Stephen James Smith is a ball of hydrogen gas that should be pumped into every household across the land. He knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual “birds and bees, whey and cheese” nonsense you find at poetry readings” – Jinx Lennon


The Brownbread Players | http://www.youtube.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

Our very own hilarious sketch troupe will write and perform  brand new funny skits and sketches on the theme of the night.  The Brownbread Players includes well-known television, radio and film actors Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Gus McDonagh, as well as chancer Kalle Ryan.

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

We will be having a RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes

And you can expect lots of surprises and silliness

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!


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