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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.

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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”


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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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!


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:
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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 ]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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 ]


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/]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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.


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


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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Watch tonight’s show LIVE online (plus some great past performers on YouTube!)

Alas, tonight’s show is completely sold out, but there is still a chance to see the show. By tuning in to our live webcast at Ustream, you will be able to catch the show in all its unedited glory. The broadcast kicks off at 3.30pm EST / 8.30pm GMT.

If you wish to watch some past performances in all their edited glory, please take a peek below at the most recent updates of performances to our brownbread mixtape YouTube channel. Some really superb performers that are worth a few minutes of your time.

Ok folks, see you all later, virtually or otherwise!


Canción sin rima – Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies perform a delightful song in Spanish entitled “Cancion sin rima” (which translates as Song without rhyme). Tis catchy and quirky. Never before has a kazoo been so effectivelyly used!
[Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies official website]


High John – Raven

The poet Raven tells the tale of the notorious trickster and African-American folklore figure High John in this captivating poem. A spellbinding performance that had the audience enthralled from start to finish.[Raven on myspace]


Dirty Hands – Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies sing their lush tune “Dirty Hands” layered with gorgeous harmonies and delicate lyrics. Featuring Christophe Capewell on violin and Sweeney Lee on backing vocals. Truly stunning musicians and performers. Do not miss them when they return to Ireland on tour in June!
[Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies official website]


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LIVE webcast of the show – 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm EST


Hey folks. It’s time for another brownbread mixtape show. Tonight’s theme is “Fake” and we have a wonderful line-up including marvellous music from Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and Reader’s Wives frontman Niall James Holohan, pitch perfect poetry from Raven and Megan Fox. As well as a fresh batch of hilarious new sketches from The Brownbread Players.

If you are unable to make it in person, then fear not, as we will be broadcasting the whole thing live on the world wide web from our Ustream channel. Tune in at 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm EST

We hope you can join us virtually or physically for the show. In the meantime take a peek back at the exceptional performances from last month:

Hilarious sketches by our resident Brownbread Players, stunning poems by All Ireland Poetry Slam Champion Colm Keegan, gorgeous, delicate songs from North Carolina songstress Lindsey Ryan and masterful music and guitar playing from the wildly talented Andy Delamere.

See ye later you groovy fakers!

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Next BBMT – Feb 23rd – theme: “fake”

the brownbread mixtape #17 is on Wed, Feb 23rd at 8.30pm, upstairs in the Stag’s Head. the theme for this month is “fake”

resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place again to hold up his high-tech applause sign and keep the night chugging along. resident sound man Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and making it all sound really really nice

the following stellar acts will be performing>



Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies |

Travelling folksters Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies present their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun. Based in Bilbao, Dublin and Groningen they have 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, has already picked up airplay on several international radio stations including RTE and BBC 2. The brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome them to the stage and is certain that you will go home with a warm glow in your heart!

“a fantastically enjoyable chilled out mesh of musical culture.” – London Music Blog

Niall James Holohan |

Niall James Holohan, the lead singer of the brilliant Dublin band Reader’s Wives, will be joining us for a rare solo acoustic performance. Niall is a a smart lyricist with really catchy songs. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome this Irish songwriter performing at the peak of his powers.

“A bit like a loved-up Joe Strummer fronting the The Smiths” – Daily Mirror UK

“Niall James Holohan emerges as a witty & amiable raconteur” – Irish Independent



Raven |
An experienced and engaging performance poet from San Francisco who runs the monthly spoken word event TongueBox in the Cobblestone. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to finally present one of the stalwarts of the Dublin spoken word scene. Expect honesty, intensity and lyricism.

Megan Fox |
Dublin based performance poet, DJ and promoter Megan Fox, will be slinging some sweet words for us. the brownbread mixtape is thrilled to welcome her poetic presence to the stage.



The Brownbread Players |

Our very own hilarious sketch troupe will perform brand new skits and sketches on the theme of the night. The Brownbread Players are Eva Bartley, Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh and Kalle Ryan.



Barring any technical hitches, we will be broadcasting LIVE ON D’INTERNET here

We will be having our monthly RAFFLE with highy desirable and coveted prizes

And you can expect lots of surprises and silliness

It would be a pleasure to see you all there!


Until then, why not have a gawk at the best performances from 2010 below…

Poetry & ProseStand-Up ComedySketch Comedy by The Brownbread PlayersMusic

And this is our most popular sketch of 2011…

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