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

 

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

PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE HERE

 

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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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Looking for Christmas gift suggestions? Why not buy some great music and poetry by these Irish artists?

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With the festive season inching ever closer and the clamour to purchase dizzying amounts of gifts, why not support independent Irish artists? So many of our past brownbread mixtape performers are deserving of your support, so please spend your money like a vote and show them that their work is important to you and to our society.

There are so many talented people who have performed at the brownbread mixtape, so it would be impossible for us to list all of them and their available work. But please see below for a few suggestions of some of our favourite releases from this past year ( as well as a few gems from previous years) with links to buy directly from the artists.

Enjoy!

Kalle

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MUSIC

1. Pearse McGloughlin  – In Movement

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2. The Guilty Folk – Charm Offensive

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3. Lindsey Ryan – The Divers

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4. Marc O’Reilly – My Friend Marx

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5. Ross Breen – When I Met the Devil

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6. Justin Grounds – The Moon Pulled Us Here

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7. Fiach – So I

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8. Eric McGrath – Little Ripples

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9. Bill Coleman – You Can’t Buy Back Your Life

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10. Fia Rua – Falling Time

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POETRY

1. Colm Keegan  – Don’t Go There

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2. Smith & Reilly – Arise and Go

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3. Dave Lordan – Invitation to a Sacrifice

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4. Sarah Clancy – Thanks For Nothing, Hippies

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

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

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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Episode 4 of the Brownbread Mixtape Podcast now available – Justin Grounds

The latest episode of our brilliant podcast is now available on iTunes and as an RSS feed here on our blog (in the menu to the right of this post) . On this episode we have a terrific chat with violin wunderkind and loopy laptop–tablist Justin Grounds. We chat about being an independent artist in Clonakilty, Cork, as well as the brilliance of Bach and a whole host of other fascinating topics. Justin also selects a handful of recordings from our live brownbread mixtape archive including a powerful poetry  performance about a Clonakilty legend by award winning poet Dave Lordan [ who has written a thoughtful blog post here in response to hearing the podcast] , a stunning song by Bill Coleman and a classic comedy sketch by The Brownbread Players. Justin is genuine innovator and true gentleman. Give this episode a spin and you will be beaming afterwards.

The Brownbread Mixtape Podcast

Thanks to everyone who has subscribed already and for your warm feedback on past episodes with Pearse McGloughlin, EleventyFour and Colm Keegan. 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.

We can be followed & liked in these places:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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the brownbread mixtape – oct 31st – theme: “ghosts”

Join us on Wed, Oct 31st upstairs in the Stag’s Head. [Facebook event type thingy here] Resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place to hold his applause sign aloft and keep the show rumbling along. Resident sound man Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and making it all sound really good. For a mere 5 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians and spoken word artists this country has to offer. No exaggeration. Plus you will receive a delicious complementary rum based beverage in return for walking in the door and parting with a few quid. Pay on the door. No advance sales. Please spread the word!

The following brilliant performers will be on the lineup:

SPOKEN WORD:

John Cummins 

The reigning Leinster Slam Poetry champion and the man whose rhyme graces the intro of our podcast “You say Brown, I say Bread…” A rhymer, a dreamer, a hippy-hop inducing fever believer. John is as genuine as they come, with poems that tickle the funny bone, break the heart and raise the hair on the back of your neck. One of our finest wordsmiths in this fair isle. What Messi does with a ball he does with a word. Prepare to be floored by his way with words.

MUSIC 

Pearse McGloughlin

Pearse is one of our all-time favourite performers and people. He hails originally from Sligo and in 2009 he released his debut album “Busy Whisper” to huge critical acclaim. Busy Whisper made many ‘Best Albums of 2009’ lists (No. 13 on Nialler 9, No. 6 on Phantom 105.2 and No.7 on Swear I’m Not Paul Blog) while the video for ‘Ways to Kill a Werewolf’ (Dir. Kevin McGloughlin) won an IMTV Award in the Best Male Video category. Pearse has performed at the most recent Hard Working Class Heroes Festival and his year has also seen him tour Ireland in support of his outstanding second album “In Movement”. Pearse also has the honour of being our first ever guest on the brownbread mixtape podcast, which is well worth a listen. Prepare yourself for a songwriter and musician at the height of his considerable powers. Poetic lyrics, exquisitely tight musicians and magical melodies.

“…another album for the wee small hours, a place he seems comfortable (…) a set of songs that, confidently and astutely,carry McGloughlin further along an upwards trajectory” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

Justin Grounds 

Justin is a solitary purveyor of sound, who lives in a wee cottage by the sea and records songs combining violins, thumb piano, electronica and his voice. His 2010 record ‘The Dissolving’ met great acclaim after many months of touring live. Nialler9 put it on his best of 2010 list, plus lots of people said nice things about it. He is currently working on a brand new album of violin studies in his own inimitable style. the brownbread mixtape is jazzed to welcome the inimitable and eclectic musical magic of Justin Grounds to the stage.

“Definitely one of my favourite records of 2010…” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

MUSICAL COMEDY

Accident & Emergency

‘Accident & Emergency’ were formed in 2011, when after meeting at a gig Aideen asked Andréa to help her move house. Andréa had a car and although she isn’t very assertive – one thing she is is extremely sound. While moving the very heavy furniture down the stairs of the Parnell Street abode (there wasn’t a lift) it occurred to Andréa how hilarious Aideen was and although it can be quite dangerous to make somebody laugh while lifting something, she still appreciated it. They started writing comedy together from then on and have recently returned back from a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

”Comedy duos usually have a schtick, and Accident and Emergency certainly have theirs down.” – The Skinny.

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:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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It’s here! – The Brownbread Mixtape Podcast #01 – Pearse McGloughlin

Hey everybody. We are delighted to announce that our first ever podcast is finally recorded, mixed and up online. Our very first guest is singer-songwriter and longtime friend of the live show, Pearse McGloughlin, who has just released his second album In Movement. We had a fantastic chat with him about his life in music, his inspirations & influences, as well as capturing a spectacular pair of songs in studio with us. We also took some time to listen back to a few of Pearse’s choices from our extensive audio archive of our monthly live show, which include lovely music, poetry and comedy selections of past performers. Overall it is a great first episode with some nice surprises and a few exclusives. We are currently navigating the difficult digital terrain of putting the show up on iTunes, so in the meantime we are just really keen for you to hear the podcast. So, you can listen to it in the embedded Soundcloud player below or download it and play it on your portable audio device of choice. We will have another update in the coming days about how to subscribe to us on iTunes. In the meantime, do share the link to the podcast around and please, please, please let us know what you think of it. That part is really important to us! So, send us a tweet, talk to us on Facebook or send us an aul email to us at thebrownbreadmixtape@gmail.com. Thanks so much for your continued support and enjoy the podcast!

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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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Best of the brownbread mixtape 2011 – Music

It was another great year for the brownbread mixtape. As always, we had some phenomenal musical acts and below are a selection of the incredible performers who graced our stage. For a variety of reasons we weren’t able to upload footage of every act from this past year, so you will have to listen to our podcast in 2012 to catch up on the other musical gems. Take the time to listen and enjoy the music. Then support them and spread the word, post the links, update your status and so forth, so that others can hear them and share in that joy too. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are some of the best musical acts of 2011…

See also [ Best Poetry & Spoken Word 2011  | Best Sketch Comedy 2011 ]

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1. Marc O’Reilly

Marc O’Reilly is an exceptionally gifted guitar player and singer based in County Waterford. Without a shadow of a doubt, he is the real deal. As you sit mesmerised watching his fingers dance on the fretboard, you are silently drawn in by his bluesy, boozy voice. His debut album “My Friend Marx”, released last year, is a terrific piece of work, but it is in a live setting that Marc truly astonishes. His star is clearly in the ascendant and that should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen him perform. Find out where he is playing next and go there. You can thank us later.

[For more info: http://www.marcoreillymusic.com/]

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2. Fia Rua

Fia Rua is a genuine troubadour and he sings terrific songs that are a blend of folk, punk and trad that he makes completely his own. With a voice that sounds steeped in centuries of experience, he bends wise words around magical melodies. His recent album “Falling Time” is a brilliant snapshot of modern Ireland and we heartily recommend picking it up, but it is in a live setting that Fia Rua truly excels. Seek him out, you will be rewarded.

[For more info: www.fiarua.com]

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3. Lindsey Ryan Horne

We were extremely lucky to have the critically acclaimed North Carolina songstress perform songs from her upcoming album at our first show of the year. She was joined by our very own Enda Roche on percussion and the inimitable Christophe Capewell on violin. Stunning lyrics, delicate melodies, enchanting performance.

[For more info: http://lindseyryanhorne.com/ ]

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4. Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies

Travelling folksters Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies wowed us with their warm spirit and their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun. Based in Bilbao, Dublin and Groningen they spent the last three years touring Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe playing bars, cafes, theatres, circus galas, festivals and even punk clubs! Their debut album Long Way to Be Free, a home grown collection of songs exploring love, faith and displacement in a world of contradictions, is an absolute joy and comes highly recommended!

[For more info: http://hotdroprecords.com/harrybirdandtherubberwellies/]

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5. Pearse McGloughlin

Our old friend Pearse McGloughlin joined the brownbread mixtape at our monumental Electric Picnic show, which, by his own admission, was his best ever gig. A tent filled with 200+ people roared in appreciation to his masterful songs and he closed out his set with this terrific rendition of his song “Ag Ól Ag Ól Ag An Garbhóg”. He was ably assisted by co-songwriter Enda Reilly, as well as percussive accompaniment from Fia Rua and our very own Enda Roche.  A wonderful moment from a wonderful gig.

[For more info: http://www.walkperson.net/]

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6. Robotnik

The eclectic, eccentric, excellent Robotnik played an absolutely unforgettable set at the brownbread mixtape, with a performance that incorporated delicate a capella songs, grandiose electronica and a unique rendition of the “Pat the Baker” jingle. Robotnik made a huge impression on both the audience and us, resulting in a regular slot for The Brownbread Players’ sketches on his 2XM radio show “Robotnik’s Random Rampage”. His second album is currently int he works and we eagerly await it. So should you.

[For more info: http://www.robotnik.mu/]

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7. Andy Delamere

Not only is Andy a virtuoso on guitar, but he has a stunning, raw, bluesy vocal to match. A monstrous talent with a shining career ahead of him.

[For more info: http://www.myspace.com/andy.delamere]

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8. Crazy Dog Audio Theatre

Crazy Dog Audio Theatre is the brainchild of writer/performer/musician and all round renaissance-man Roger Gregg. We were thrilled to have Roger and his raggle taggle troupe at our show as they delivered a vaudevillian array of songs and poems in superb fashion, ranging from Weimar style cabaret songs to contemporary comic poems. Roger is also the driving force behind the Bee Loud Glade Cabaret sessions, where contemporary Irish poems are set to original musical compositions. It is a fantastic night of entertainment, so make sure you catch it. Their next show promises to be their greatest yet.

[For more info: http://www.crazydogaudiotheatre.com/ and Bee Loud Glade]

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9. Niall James Holohan

Niall is the charismatic lead singer of Reader’s Wives and we were treated to a rare solo acoustic performance. His set was peppered with wacky asides, cool chord progressions and this cheeky and charming rendition of his song “Sexually Attracted to Myself” was the standout moment of his set. As catchy as it is quirky!

[For more info: http://readerswives.bandcamp.com/]

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10. Justin Grounds

Justin is a wildly gifted violin player and when you add his songwriting capabilities to the mix, as well as his ability to innovate and layer using pedals, loops and electronic knowhow, you have a really unique, exciting artist. His musical output is prolific and he tours regularly both in Ireland and abroad, so make it your duty to see him in his element at a live show. It will bowl you over.

[For more info: http://justingrounds.com/]

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11. The Guilty Folk

The current inimitable, impossibly brilliant incarnation of The Guilty Folk grew out of a chance reuniting of old friends at a very early brownbread mixtape. Since then they have gone on to become one of the funniest, bawdiest, boldest and most harmonious songwriting folkers. As rude as they are revelatory, they are a comedic and musical force to be reckoned with. 2012 promises to be their year. We love them. You should too.

[For more info: facebook.com/theguiltyfolk]

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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. 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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Some freshly uploaded performances from recent brownbread mixtape shows…

Hey everybody. We have finally had a chance to edit some of our past performances and are just getting around to sharing some of the spectacular work with you all on our YouTube channel. Take a moment to listen to all of the work below from our March and April shows. Stunning, dense, complex music from Robotnik and Justin Grounds. Weimar cabaret stylings from Crazy Dog Audio Theatre. Contemporary folk balladeering from Fia Rua. Breathtaking, powerful poetry from Erin Fornoff. Every single one of them a knockout.

We are back on Oct 26th with a brand new spooky Halloween themed show. Stay tuned for details…

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people walk away – robotnik

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hop up the road – fia rua

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hymn to the reckless – erin fornoff

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we ride – justin grounds

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crazy dog audio theatre – the angel with the snow white wing

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michael grady went to mexico – robotnik

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violin study #1 – justin grounds

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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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