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The Brownbread Mixtape at LINGO spoken word festival – Fri Oct 17th – The Workman’s Club

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We are thrilled, honoured and excited to be doing this month’s brownbread mixtape show at LINGO, Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival in Workman’s Club on Friday Oct 17th. Our lineup will be hosted, as ever by Kalle Ryan and Enda Roche, and it includes an international, eclectic, electric mix of performers — Raven, Andre K’por, Fergus Costello, Seamus de Barra O’Suilleabhain and, of course, The Brownbread Players! For a mere 10 EURO you will get to enjoy the usual blast of brownbread brilliance alongside a bumper packed opening night of entertainment — including All Ireland Slam Champion John Cummins with specially commissioned band The Lingoings, political poetry from viral sensation Stephen Murphy, a headline set from Angel of the Flats Karl Parkinson. There are 10 other world class female and male poets & performers in store on the night, so do us a favour and spend your money like a vote. Support great art. Pick up this bargain of a ticket right here right now. You can view and download the wonderful programme of events for LINGO right here and you can pick up tickets for all of the events right here. LINGO is a community driven, independent festival. Show them your support!

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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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The Brownbread Mixtape – March 26th – Theme: “Old School / New School”

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Join us on Wed, March 26th in the Stag’s Head for our eclectic monthly spoken word, music and comedy show. The theme of the night is “Old School / New School”. Resident MC Kalle Ryan and super sidekick Enda Roche will be in place to keep the show ticking and kicking as always.

We’ve put an incredible line up together for the show (see below). For an absolute bargain of 5 EURO you will get to hear some of the very best musicians and writers working in Ireland today. No advance ticket sales. Guaranteed fun. Spread the word!

MUSIC 

The Young Folk

Lethal Dialect

Enda Reilly


SPOKEN WORD

Karl Parkinson

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players 

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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:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

We also have a popular podcast:

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March 13, 2014 · 5:52 pm

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 Players and “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland” on RTE Radio 1 last night!

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Last night on a Nighthawks curated Arena show on RTE Radio 1, our wonderful Brownbread Players performed their hilarious sketch “How to speak like a culchie”. Chief culchie and ringleader Kalle Ryan then belted out a rousing rendition of the alternative national anthem “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland” to the nation. It was an absolute blast to be a part of and our thanks go out to Arena, Nighthawks and RTE. 

You can listen back to the show at the link below for one day only (April 5th) by clicking on the latest show. Our performance is at the very end of the show around the 54 minute mark. Have a listen to the whole show to catch performances by past brownbread mixtape performers like Erin Fornoff, Karl Parkinson, as well as great music by Little X’s For Eyes and The Gandhis. 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE

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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 – Poetry & Spoken Word

It was a remarkable year for poetry, prose and spoken word performance at the brownbread mixtape. Once again we were proud to showcase many of the incredibly talented writers and performers based in Ireland. Live poetry and prose can be a tricky thing to convince others about, but time and again we heard from audience members how much they loved the spoken word performers at our shows. Alas we have not been able to upload all of the different performers from this year, so you will have to listen to our podcast in 2012 to catch up on the other literary nuggets. For now, take a moment and absorb the wonderful words woven by these masters of the craft. Spread the word, post the links, update your social networks, make the words go viral. So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are some of the best spoken word acts of 2011…

See also [ Best Music 2011  | Best Sketch Comedy 2011 ]

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1. Ireland is – Colm Keegan

The year kicked off with a typically powerful set by Colm Keegan, whose poem “Ireland Is” was written for a previous brownbread mixtape. It captures the zeitgeist perfectly and will go down as one of the best documents of this time we are living through.

[For more info: Uiscebot’s Blog]

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2. High John – Raven

Raven hails originally from California but has been a Dublin local for some time now. In addition to being a well-known powerhouse poet, he co-runs the highly regarded Tongue Box poetry session every month in The Cobblestone. His poems are highly crafted pieces, expertly delivered.

[For more info: myspace.com/nomanifesto]

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3. Raphymn – Karl Parkinson

Karl has a real shamanic spirit, as he channels his own life experiences with his love for rhythm and rhyme that harkens to modern day hip-hop performers like Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. His poems are chronicles or the everyday and the extraordinary . This recording is from a studio session for an album to accompany the Culture Ireland Irish poetry showcase at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City where Karl performed along with Kalle Ryan, Sarah Maria Griffin, Stephen James Smith and Dave Lordan.

[For more info: myspace.com/karlparkinsonpoet]

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4. Hymn To The Reckless – Erin Fornoff

Erin is a poet from the mountains of North Carolina who, luckily for us, lives in Ireland now. Her emotionally resonant, lyrically deft poems have been a smash hit at our shows. Erin knocked us out with her poems at our Electric Picnic show, as well as our showcase at Mindfield in Merrion Square earlier this year, but this performance of her masterful poem “Hymn To The Reckless” from our March gig is a barnstormer. It’s hard to believe she has only been performing her own material for about a year. Already one of the best y’all.

[For more: Erin performs a Shel Silverstein poem]

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5. Crash – Sarah Maria Griffin

Sarah’s poetry has wonderful whirling blends of tenderness, electricity, fight and foolhardiness. Her future is limitless, her ideas are clearly brimming and the coming years will surely see her grow in stature as a writer. Earlier this year she published her first collection of poems entitled “Follies” which was extremely well received. This session was recorded for the same aforementioned Culture Ireland showcase CD and captures one of Sarah’s typically confessional and captivating poems.

[For more info: wordfury.blogspot.com ]

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6. Manhattan – Kalle Ryan

As MC of the brownbread mixtape, I don’t always get a chance to perform my poems and certainly not the more “serious” ones. This was a poem that I have held dear to my heart and it has been written and rewritten several times since my experience of September 11th 2001. I was really proud to be able to perform it in my second home of New York City in April of this year on an emotional night at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

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

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7. The Death of the Dollar – Abby Oliveira

Abby is, quite simply, a hypnotic presence on stage. It is n surprise she has wowed audiences around the globe with her mesmerising poems and performances. She often performs as part of The Poetry Chicks on the festival circuit, but on this occasion we were treated to a special solo performance. Poems that pack power, politics, passion and poesy all in one.

[For more info: Abby Oliveira – Facebook Artist Page]

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8. The Lake Isle of Innisfree – Smith & Reilly

Stephen James Smith is a great performance poet. Enda Reilly is a great singer and songwriter. Together they are electrifying. Stephen and Enda have recently embarked on a project to record original works, as well as classic Irish poems in a genre they call spoken word sung verse. There is nothing quite like it currently being performed. The marriage of the lilting musical song with the potent poetic delivery makes for a unique experience. In this performance from our show at the Imagine Festival in Waterford, you will hear W.B. Yeats exquisite poem in a way unlike any before. Their album “Arise and Go” is available on iTunes and select record shops nationwide. Buy it. It’s great.

[For more info: facebook.com/SmithandReilly]

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9. Hair Loss and Baldness – Fergus Costello

Fergus is the current Munster Slam Champion. He is also a dead ringer for Yul Brynner. In addition he is a hysterically funny and multi-talented performer. A buzzing dynamo of energy and ideas, Fergus is one of our favourite poets and favourite people. He orbits planets you and I could only dream of.

[For more of Fergus: Tell Me Lies by Fergus Costello]

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10. Will You Tell Her? – Fabian Montes

Every month, magical things happen at the brownbread mixtape, but every now and again spectacularly mystical things happen like this. Fabian Montes, an LA based poet and former gang member, was in attendance at our Twisted Pepper show and we were lucky enough to entice him to the stage to speak about his remarkable life’s journey and to hear a reading of one of his poems. A slice of a life and a world that was a real honour to hear. Our thanks to him for sharing and best wishes to him in his important work with Homeboy Industries.

[For more info: Homeboy Industries]

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11.Cheek, Cheek, Chin and Nose – Colm Keegan

As the year began with a magnetic performance by Colm Keegan, it seems fitting that we closed it with another. This performance of a truly remarkable poem is the best we have ever seen Colm. The room was stunned into silence and hung on every word. Rightly so.

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It really was an exceptional year for poetry and spoken word, with some of the strongest, most powerful performances we have seen yet. Please check out our YouTube channel for loads of other brilliant spoken word performances from this year and last year at the brownbread mixtape. On a personal note, it was a very special year as myself (Kalle Ryan) and former brownbread mixtape performers Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan wrote and performed an ABSOLUT Fringe spoken word show entitled “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About”. The show, directed by Sarah Brennan, played to a week fo full houses and rave reviews (including a 4 star review in The Irish Times), culminating in an award nomination in the category of “Bewley’s Café Theatre ‘Little Gem’ Award”. It was a huge triumph for us as poets &  friends and we believe that it took the Irish performance poetry scene to a new audience and in a new hopeful direction. We hope to revive it for a tour of Ireland in the spring of 2012. Below is an audio trailer for the show and you can find out more at threementalking.wordpress.com

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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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3 poems by 3 poets in 1 studio

Last month a number of Ireland’s leading performance poets headed off to New York to perform at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe courtesy of Culture Ireland. [Read a great Irish Times article about it by Davin O’Dwyer here ]

To mark the occasion, several of the poets recorded a CD entitled “The Rising Irish” in Enda Roche’s studio in Leixlip and below are some videos of the recording session. A lovely variety of voices and ideas. Mmmm poetry.

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raphymn by karl parkinson

Karl Parkinson was born and lives in the inner city of Dublin. He has had poems published in a variety of publications, as well as performing at several major festivals and literary nights around the country. He has always been a hugely popular performer at the brownbread mixtape and this studio recording of his poem ‘raphymn’ captures him at his rhythmic, rhapsodic best.

[More info: http://www.myspace.com/karlparkinsonpoet ]

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crash by sarah maria griffin

Sarah Maria Griffin is 22 years old and hails from the north side suburbs of Dublin. She is presently completing her M.A in Writing in NUIG. She recently had her first collection of poems, “Follies”, published by Lapwing Press and has drawn strong praise from critics and peers alike. She  has only been performing in spoken word circles since late 2009, but since then she has performed at many of the most notable literary events around the country. Sarah is a vivacious and spirited new poetic voice and this poem is a terrific snapshot of her inimitable style. She can be seen at this month’s brownbread mixtape on May 25th.

[More info : http://wordfury.blogspot.com/ ]

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hole there in the floor by kalle ryan

Kalle Ryan is a writer and performance poet from Waterford, Ireland. He is also our resident MC and funnyman at the monthly brownbread mixtape show. Kalle’s plays and poetry have been published in New York City and Utah and he penned the brilliant song “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland”, the Irish Times alternative national anthem competition winner. In the past year he has performed his poems at notable literary festivals such as the Dublin Writer’s Festival, Electric Picnic, Imagine Festival and the Flat Lake Festival. This powerful poem, written in New York, bears all of Kalle’s trademark intensity and honesty throughout.

[ More info: http://kalleryan.bandcamp.com ]

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The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly poetry, comedy & music show in The Stag’s Head pub in Dublin, Ireland.
Each month’s show has a theme and 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 Rising Irish – Poetry Showcase at Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City

If you find yourself in New York next week (or indeed if you know anyone in New York) please head along to the legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Wednesday April 20th for a showcase of the very best and blazingly original, contemporary Irish poets. Culture Ireland/Imagine Ireland in association with The Glor Sessions will host this unique show and it promises to be an absolute belter. Our resident MC and spoken wordmeister Kalle Ryan will be proudly performing alongside the monstrously talented Stephen James Smith, Dave Lordan, Sarah Maria Griffin, John Cummins and Karl Parkinson (see their past performances at the brownbread mixtape below). The show starts at 6pm and is a mere ten bucks to get in. (Culture Ireland event listing here).They need all the support they can get, so please spread the word to anyone who might be interested. COME ON IRELAND!

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Kalle Ryan – The Reformartists

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Stephen James Smith – The Gardener

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Dave Lordan – Fearless

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John Cummins – Stagefright

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Karl Parkinson – The Positivity Manifesto

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