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Brownbread Mixtape at Electric Picnic 2016

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We are back at the Electric Picnic once again and will be gracing The Word stage at Mindfield with our fun-filled shows on both Saturday 3rd Sept and Sunday 4th. Joining us will be some of the finest wordsmiths this country has to offer, former All Ireland Slam Poetry champion John Cummins, Appalachian poet extraordinaire Erin Fornoff, and tour-de-force storyteller Paul Timoney. Also gracing the stage will be legendary singer songwriter, activist and arts curator Gary Dunne, who will be sharing some of his finely crafted songs. We will also have some of our trademark comedy, singalong moments and the alternative national anthem. All ably kept bubbling along by our resident songmeister Enda Roche and MC extraordinaire Kalle Ryan. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for more details on stage times as soon as we have them.

the brownbread mixtape:
“a fun, freewheeling atmosphere featuring a blend of Scrap Saturday-style comedy sketches, poetry and music” – The Irish Times

gary dunne:
‘‘The reason I use a loop pedal now is ‘cos I saw Gary Dunne use a loop pedal. I was was just blown away.– Ed Sheeran

john cummins:
zen-master of language…part rapper, part poet, all artist.” – Lingo Festival

paul timoney:
“Paul’s storytelling is the stuff of dreams. – hilarious, vivacious and just the right amount of eccentric.” – Milk & Cookies

erin fornoff:
“One of the top performance poets in Ireland” – Irish Independent

kalle ryan:
“… there is the feeling you felt at punk gigs in 1977 of no separation between performer and audience.” – Dermot Bolger

 

 

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The Brownbread Mixtape – Two Shows at Electric Picnic 2014!

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We are very excited to announce that we will have two brownbread mixtape shows at Electric Picnic 2014. We have a brilliant selection of performers lined up for our shows on The Word stage in Mindfield. We will have mellifluous music from Pearse McGloughlin, as well as righteous rhymes from All Ireland Slam Champion John Cummins. Our show will also feature the usual funny audience participation you’ve come to know and love including the rousing alternative national anthem “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland”, as well as sketch comedy from the inimitable Brownbread Players. 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 shows on Saturday August 3oth and Sunday Aug 31st are 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 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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We also have a popular podcast:

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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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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We won the Electric Picnic again!

 

We had an absolute blast at Electric Picnic again this year. Our thanks to Marty Mulligan for including us on The Word stage in Mindfield. Our sincere thanks to the many hundreds of you who came out to catch our shows on Saturday and Sunday. And, of course, our profound love and gratitude to the incredible performers who graced our shows. The weekend wasn’t without it’s hiccups but we are incredibly proud of the two kickass shows we put on. Saturday saw us open with a rousing, raucous rendition of Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer , followed by mesmerising rhymes from John Cummins, hysterical sketches from The Brownbread Players and a sweet superstar set of music from the trio of Pearse McGloughlin, Sweeney Lee and Fia Rua. We closed it out with a suitably savage singsong version of Kalle’s alternative Irish national anthem ‘My Blood is Boiling for Ireland’ . Sunday saw us open the show with a boisterous version of Ole, Ole, Ole and segue sweetly into the superb songs of EleventyFour (fresh from her barnstorming set at the Body & Soul Main Stage), sharply followed by further funny sketches from The Brownbread Players, and closing out proceedings was the deft and daft touch of Fergus Costello and his Joe Foley Mandola. As the final refrain of the alternative anthem rung around the tent, we smiled to see an ocean of happy camping festival goers who had shared in a truly wonderful experience with us. We look forward to doing it all over again next year! Our regular show in The Stags Head returns on Wednesday Sept 26th, so stay tuned for that! Our podcast is still going strong and available on iTunes or from this very blog (XML feed at top of the menu on right hand side). Stay connected, stay in touch and stay happy. See you all soon!

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

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

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

 

 

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The Brownbread Mixtape – 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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best of the brownbread mixtape 2011 – Brownbread Players: Sketch Comedy

One of our favourite parts of the monthly brownbread mixtape show is the radio-style sketches by our resident troupe The Brownbread Players.  Unfortunately we don’t have audio or video of all of the sketches from this past year, but all the more reason then to listen to our podcast in 2012 to catch up. Please take a moment to listen to the sketches below and if they particularly tickle your funny bone, then please pass them on in your favoured form of social media, so that others can hear them and share in the hilarity.

See also [ Best Poetry & Spoken Word 2011  | Best Music 2011 ]

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1. Werner Herzog : Skanger Man (Studio Version)

[ Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan and Gus McDonagh. ]

Of all the sketches we have ever written and performed, this one has consistently received the most wildly positive reaction. Funnily enough, we weren’t sure if it would even make the cut at the January 2011 show where it debuted, as it felt far too esoteric for an audience to latch on to. Surely noone would know or care enough about Werner Herzog to enjoy a spoof documentary by him about a Dublin skanger? But we underestimated our smart and savvy audience, as they roared in appreciation and stuck with it from start to finish. Since then we have performed the sketch to hugely appreciative audiences at the Flat Lake Festival, Imagine Arts Festival and Electric Picnic. The original live sketch, which can be seen here, has already racked up over 800 views on YouTube, but since then we have recorded a studio version with Enda Roche on production duties and it trumps even the original. We are hugely proud of it, like a secret fart.

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2. Celebrity Knacker Drinking

[ Written by Ken Rogan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley.  ]

Beautifully filmed by Tom and Andy of Storymap (check their fascinating website out here), this sketch was loads of fun to perform as we took the simple premise of these three unlikely celebrities going on the lash with each other in Dublin. Mostly it gave Ken a good excuse to get Kalle to do his hammy Arnold Schwarzenegger accent and for Gus to look the part as a floppy haired Jim Morrison.

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3. Newsnight : General Election Special

[ Written by Kalle Ryan and Ken Rogan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley.  ]

This year saw a general election at last, so we eagerly took a potshot at the scoundrels in power, as well as the many pontificating politicians looking to take their place. Much of the humour is time and context specific, but hopefully it still stands up as a funny document of the end of the Fianna Failure era and the ushering in of the next wave of bullshit.

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4. The Twitter Sketch

[ Written by Kalle Ryan, Kanye West, Jedward and Charlie Sheen. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley.  ]

Every now and again we hit upon a sketch that amuses us a ridiculous amount and ultimately has no right to work in a live setting (See last year’s Actual Conversation on YouTube). The Twitter sketch is exactly one of those sketches, made all the better thanks to the superb live saxophone accompaniment by Roger Gregg, as well as the remarkable source material from Charlie Sheen, Kanye West and Jedward. Insane 140 character haikus set to jazz.

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5. America’s Next Top Model

[ Written by Sean McDonagh. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan,  Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley. ]

Tyra(nt) Banks unleashes her venom on three unwitting, witless wannabe models named Kimberly, Mikado and Coconut Cream. Spot on observations about the show coupled with the loopy challenges made this sketch a massive hit with our audience. Plus we all learned how to “sm-ize” (smile with your eyes!)

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6. Irish Presidential Election – Newsnight Special Report

[ Written by Kalle Ryan and Ken Rogan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley.  ]

Following the success of our general election sketch, we felt it was only fair to take a potshot at the gallery of gobshites running for the office of President. We had buckets of fun performing this one and it went over really well on the night of the gig, but one YouTube commenter described it as “crappy predictable rubbish…(and) a couple of cheap laughs” . Must be a Sean Gallagher supporter.

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7. Pope Palpatine

[ Written by Ken Rogan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley.  ]

Admit it, Pope Benedict does bear more than a passing resemblance to Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars. Throw in a few royal wedding references and you have instant hilarity. The Chewbacca bits still make us chuckle.

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8. In the beginning….

[ Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Eva Bartley and Gus McDonagh. ]

We imagined if St. John brought his famous Gospel to a modern day editor/Hollywood producer like Jerry Bruckheimer and how it might get misunderstood and entirely reappropriated. It didnt get a huge reaction on the night but still stands as one that really made us giggle. In the beginning was The Word…

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9. How To Speak Like a Culchie

[ Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Eva Bartley and Gus McDonagh. ]

Remember those old language lessons on cassette where everything went far too quickly, the presenters were condescending and nothing made any sense? Well, here is one of those lessons designed to help you speak like a rural Irish native. Written by and for culchies. Beep.

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10. Amanda Brunker

[ Written by Amanda Brunker, U2 and YouTube. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Kalle Ryan, Sean McDonagh and Eva Bartley. ]

Model/Bimbo/Something Amanda Brunker “performed” at the Oxegen music festival this year. As we were making our first festival appearance at Electric Picnic, we decided to reenact her entire performance verbatim and follow up with some of the more choice YouTube comments directed at her. The internet is cruel and cool when it unites in its hatred of mediocrity.

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11. Culchie FM

[ Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh and another McDonagh. ]

In a little rural town by the name of Carrickmadrid, there is a larger-than-life local lecherous celebrity who presides over the most popular local radio show every morning. We join him here for a phone-in on the topic of culchies. Something he seems more than a bit versed in.

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12. The Definitive View on Poetry

[ Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Eva Bartley and Gus McDonagh. ]

Every year at our brownbread mixtape christmas party we do a “roast” style sketch about some of the performers in the arts scene in Dublin. This is the first of two parts where we take aim at some of our favourite poets including Sarah Maria Griffin, Fergus Costello and Erin Fornoff (all featured in our Best of Poetry 2011). Our thanks to the poets who were all such good sports about it.

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13. The Definitive View on Singer/Songwriters

[ Written by Kalle Ryan. Performed by Kalle Ryan, Eva Bartley, Gus McDonagh and Enda Roche. ]

The second of our “roast” style sketches about performers in the arts scene in Dublin. In this second part we sharpen our focus in a humorous way on singer-songwriters Pearse McGloughlin and Enda Reilly. With ragged voices and good spirits we roast them gently. Thanks to them both for their gracious sense of humour about it. In conclusion we were joined by our Taoiseach Enda Kenny who delivered a stirring gangstah “State of the Mixtape” address. Not to be missed

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And there you have it for the high calibre sketches in 2011. It was a remarkable year that saw us perform our comedy at Electric Picnic, Flat Lake Festival, Imagine Arts Festival and even a special show at Google.  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. Spread the word about The Brownbread Mixtape. Please share this page or the individual YouTube links with others if you dig them.

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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. 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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Ag Ól Ag Ól Ag An Garbhóg – Pearse McGloughlin and friends at Electric Picnic

The closing song from Pearse McGloughlin‘s magical set at our brownbread mixtape show at Electric Picnic on Sunday. Featuring special guests Enda ReillyFia Rua and Enda Roche. Sublime songwriting. (Thanks to Jessica Ryan for the video.)

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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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