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Episode 5 of the Brownbread Mixtape Podcast now available – Fergus Costello

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The latest episode of our brilliant podcast is now available on iTunes , as an RSS feed here on our blog (in the menu to the right of this post)  or on YouTube (see embedded link below). On this episode we speak with the wonderful and wild performance poet Fergus Costello – multiple Munster slam champion, visual artist, meditator, storyteller and messer. A fascinating conversation with a writer and performer who orbits planets you and I could only dream of. Fergus talks at length about his life in the arts and performs a piece with accompaniment from his famous Joe Foley Mandola, as well as picking out a series of selections from our live brownbread mixtape archive. A great chat filled with humour and thoughtful insights and a lovely look into a truly creative mind. Give this episode a spin and you will be beaming afterwards.

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed already and for your warm feedback on past episodes with Pearse McGloughlin, EleventyFour, Colm Keegan and Justin Grounds. Please subscribe to the podcast and we would be very grateful if you spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in contemporary Irish music and spoken word. We put this podcast together on our own steam and rely on your good selves to get the word out. Also, we’d love to know what you think of the podcasts by leaving a comment below or on our Facebook page. Alternatively send us a wee tweet or an electronic mail to thebrownbreadmixtape@gmail.com. See you soon!

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

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

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the brownbread mixtape Irish performance poetry audio showcase – Commissioned by Penduline Press, USA

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

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

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

 

Poets in order of appearance:

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

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

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

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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the brownbread mixtape — nov 28th — theme: “the man” — With music acts curated by The Delphi Label!

Join us on Wed, Nov 28th at 8.30pm upstairs in the Stag’s Head for our eclectic monthly spoken word, music and comedy show. [Facebook event type thingy here]  It is our final show of the year and our theme of the night is “The Man”. As always, the acts will tailor part of their performance to the theme of the night. Resident MC Kalle Ryan will 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.  And for the first time ever, the musical acts on the night will be curated by someone other than ourselves. Alexis Vokos, who runs the brilliant independent Delphi Label (home to We Cut Corners and Le Galaxie amongst others), has hand picked some truly outstanding musical acts for the show (see below). For an absolute bargain of 5 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians working in Ireland today and, in addition, we have lined up the current Munster Slam Poetry Champion to perform on the bill too! And, as if that wasn’t enough, our resident sketch comedy troupe will have some fresh, new radio style sketches on the theme of the night for your pleasure. Plus you will receive a delicious complimentary rum based beverage in return for walking in the door and parting with that fiver. Amazing!

Pay on the door. No advance sales. Guaranteed fun times. Spread the word!

The following brilliant performers will be on the lineup:

MUSIC 

Deaf Joe

Deaf Joe writes folk songs, sometimes romantic, sometimes dreamlike, always cathartic. He is constantly writing and performing and also writes scores for contemporary dance and theatre productions. He plays live with Katie Kim from time to time. To date he has released the ‘Forest Fires EP’ (Oct ’09, limited edition), the ‘Winter’s Glow EP’ (Oct ’10) and ‘The Holy Water EP’ (Mar ’11). Joe’s debut album ‘Burrowings’ was released to great critical acclaim in February of this year. We are delighted to welcome Joe back to the stage with us. Every time he plays we feel like we are allowed to share in a special secret. Get ready to hear a songwriter at the peak of his powers.

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

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer was born in Washington DC to an Irish/American mother and a Puerto Rican father but the family moved to Ireland when Jennifer was 3 and she’s been living here since. After picking up the guitar at age 11 and composing songs from the age of 13, Jennifer played in various groups through her teenage years and early twenties and the styles of each ranged from hard rock to minimalist folk. Ardent emotional experiences and daunting but lush perceptions of being feed the debut EP, Salient Point, which was recorded and mixed by Stellarsounds’ Steven Lynch. Evans’ vocals are soulful and lyrically unique in origin. The music on this recording is alternative in genre but also finds it’s roots in Jazz, Dark Folk and Blues.  With an album’s worth of new material up her sleeve Jennifer’s latest shows can range from dark folk to a sneaky style of Dub depending on  what’s right for the occasion and how long the set is! Empirical knowledge, exoticism, a questioning of identity and home…..whether solo, accompanied or playing with the full band the music’s target is up your spine.

“Beautifully spooked noir-folk from the Dublin singer and her band The Ripe Intent. Way To Go is a tune fans of Joanna Newsom, Evie Sands and Linda Perhacs will be raving about.”  – Jim Carroll, Irish Times

Ross Breen

In June 2012, Ross was the winner of Ireland’s best unsigned singer-songwriter competition, as held by the Tom Dunne Show on Newstalk 106 FM. His song Monet was chosen by a judging panel as the best entry from over a thousand submissions.Ross is a graduate of the Ballyfermot Rock School and the Kildare‐born songwriter has consistently impressed on the live stage, earning countless invitations as a special guest with the likes of Bell x1, Sinead O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Oscar‐winner Glen Hansard. As well as completing a successful east‐coast tour of the U.S. in late 2011, Ross Breen has built up a large following performing with his band at a number of Ireland’s premier festivals, including Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Vantastival, Knockanstockan, No Place Like Dome and Hard Working Class Heroes. Ross is always a knockout and it is great to have him back so soon again.

“… fresh, inventive and daring… The Irish music scene’s best kept secret? Maybe it’s time more people were told″  – Drop-d.ie

SPOKEN WORD:

Fergus Costello 

The reigning Munster Slam Poetry champion and livewire lyricist, Fergus Costello, returns to the brownbread mixtape. Fergus has a unique style that mixes the deepest thought with the highest farce, the most profound politics with the lightest touch. He is a one-man dynamo that has to be seen to be believed and no single performance is ever the same. Fergus orbits planets that you and I could only dream of. And if we are really lucky he might also grace us with a tune on his legendary Joe Foley Mandola. Prepare yourselves for a firecracker of a performance from one of our all-time favourite acts.

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players

One of the most enjoyable parts of the monthly brownbread mixtape show are the original sketches written and performed by our very own Brownbread Players sketch troupe. The troupe is made up of professional actors Gus McDonagh, Niall McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Sean McDonagh, as well as our own chancer Kalle Ryan . All of the sketches are performed in the style of a live radio comedy show (akin to the classic Goon Show), complete with bloopers, giggles and audience interaction. They are consistently hilarious and are often the most popular element of our show. They are absurd, silly, satirical and a super-rapid-deadly-buzz!

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

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

We can be followed & liked in these places:

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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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The Brownbread Mixtape is back in The Twisted Pepper on March 30th!


We are putting on a superduper showcase of music, slam poetry, sketch comedy and live illustration for this month’s show in The Twisted Pepper! The theme of the night  is “The Heart vs The Head” and we have hand-picked some of our favourite acts from the past few years and each of them will be performing a special extended set on the night. See below for examples of their wonderful work.

This is a rare chance to see all of these superb artists in one place for a brilliantly cheap price of 10 EURO. Every other show of the year that we put on is free, so this is your chance to pay to see these quality acts and the money goes directly to them and the art that they make for you. We look forward to seeing you all there. Please spread the word.

PICK UP YOUR TICKETS HERE NOW!


MUSIC

Bill Coleman

“majorly jazzed up and spaced out.” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

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Fia Rua

“A folking brilliant piece of work” – Hot Press

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SPOKEN WORD

Fergus Costello

“Hilarious comic monologues” – The Irish Times

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COMEDY

The Brownbread Players

“terrific Scrap Saturday style sketches” – The Irish Times

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LIVE ILLUSTRATION

Colm Mac Athlaoich

Kalle - 7 Deadly Facts (c) Colm MacAthlaoich

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OTHER COOL STUFF

We will also have some sweet, special surprise guests and wonderful oddities in store. We also intend to broadcast the show live on the web from this link. So please join us for a brilliant night of fun, foolhardiness and feeling good!

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the brownbread mixtape is a free monthly 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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a documentary about performance poetry in Dublin

Last year Danny Carroll (2XM) put together the first ever documentary about the current performance poetry scene that is brewing and fizzing here in bubblin’ Dublin. It is now available for the first time online and features lengthy excerpts from the brownbread mixtape, as well as an interview with our resident MC and house poet Kalle Ryan. A lovely snapshot of a moment in time and while much has changed even since it was made (The Glor Sessions no longer exists) , it features some great performances and interviews with many of Dublin’s leading performers, all of whom are past performers at the brownbread mixtape (incl. Fergus Costello, Stephen James Smith, Abby Oliveira, Raven, CAH-44 and Colm Keegan) . Yeah, POETRY!

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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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