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The Brownbread Mixtape – Two Shows at Electric Picnic 2013!

 

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Hello brownbread homeslices. We are very excited to announce that we will have two brownbread mixtape shows at Electric Picnic 2013. We have an exciting selection of performers lined up for our shows on The Word stage in Mindfield. Our show will feature the usual funny audience participation you’ve come to know and love, as well as the rousing alternative national anthem “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland”, as well as sketch comedy from the inimitable Brownbread Players. Also on the bill will be poets Brian Conaghan and John Cummins, as well as the magical music of the inimitable Marc O’Reilly and the melodious master Ross Breen. We have one more trick up our sleeve but you will have to just come along to the shows to see what that might be. Our show on Saturday August 31st is due to start at 4pm and our show on Sunday Sept 1st is due to start at 5pm but, as always, that is subject to change, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for show times. We are giddy with excitement about it and can’t wait to bring back the craic like last year. Spread the word and see you all there!

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly live comedy, poetry & music show in Dublin, Ireland.

Each show has a theme. Each act does a performance based on the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

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the brownbread mixtape – April 24th – “Heart on sleeve”

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Join us on Wed, April 24th upstairs in the Stag’s Head for our eclectic monthly spoken word, music and comedy show. The theme of the night is “Heart on sleeve” and we have a brilliant line-up in store. Resident MC Kalle Ryan will also be in place to keep the spirits high and the energy up , while resident sound man and sidekick Enda Roche will deliver the deadly decibels.

For an absolute bargain of 5 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians and writers working in Ireland today! And, as if that wasn’t enough, our resident sketch comedy troupe will have some fresh, new radio style sketches for your pleasure. Plus you will receive a delicious complimentary Jameson & Ginger Ale in return for walking in the door and parting with that fiver. Or just a Ginger Ale if you are of the non-alcohol drinking persuasion. Hell yeah!

Pay your fiver on the door. No advance ticket sales. Guaranteed fun. Spread the word!

The following exceptional artists will be performing on the night…

MUSIC:

Elder Roche

Aidan Murphy

Clara Rose

SPOKEN WORD:

John Moynes

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SKETCH COMEDY:

The Brownbread Players

“a freewheeling atmosphere…Scrap Saturday style sketches” – Davin O’Dwyer. The Irish Times

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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 – Two Shows at Electric Picnic 2012!

Hello brownbread homeslices. We are very excited to announce that we will have two brownbread mixtape shows at Electric Picnic 2012. We have an exciting selection of performers lined up for our shows on The Word stage in Mindfield. Our show will feature the usual funny audience participation you’ve come to know and love, as well as the rousing alternative national anthem “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland”, as well as sketch comedy from the inimitable Brownbread Players. Also on the bill for our 4pm shows on Saturday Sept 1st and Sunday Sept 2nd will be poets Fergus Costello and John Cummins, as well as the smoky vocals of Elder Roche. We have one more trick up our sleeve but you will have to just come along to the shows to see what that might be. Both shows are due to start at 4pm on both days but, as always, that is subject to change, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for show times. We are giddy with excitement about it and can’t wait to bring back the craic like last year. Spread the word and see you all there!

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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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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.

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

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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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Best of 2010 – Music

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

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

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

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

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

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1. Pearse McGloughlin

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

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2. Enda Reilly

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


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3. Elder Roche

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

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4. Herm

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

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5. Blood Red Mountain Band

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

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

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6. The Guilty Folk

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

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7. Leanne Harte

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

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8. EleventyFour

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

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

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9. James Guilmartin

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

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10. Bill Coleman

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

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11. Fiach

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

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12. Rory Faithfield

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

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13. The Secret Gospel Choir

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

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14. Wayne Brennan

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

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15. Miss Paula Flynn

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

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Special shout-out:

Rook and the Ravens

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

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

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

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the brownbread mixtape – 2010 in reverse view

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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]

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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

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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!

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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!

COME ON IRELAND!

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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!

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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 )

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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!

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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!

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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 )

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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!

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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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