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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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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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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:

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

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the brownbread mixtape – sept 26th – theme: “selling out”

It’s hard to believe that the brownbread mixtape show is over three years old. This month we are going to try to do something slightly new and we are counting on your help to make it work. We have come up with a cool way to keep the fundamental philosophy of the brownbread mixtape alive while still being able to bring in a budget that will allow us to keep the show ticking along and even pay performers. So, what we have done is team up with Havana Club as a drink sponsor and by paying a bargain 5 EURO entrance fee, you will receive a delicious rum & coke (or soft drink of your choice if you don’t like alcohol) in exchange for your admission price. In other words, the show is still basically free, it’s just that your first drink will be a perennial pirate favourite. All funds gathered on the door will then go towards making the brownbread mixtape a better, brighter and more brilliant show. Now, of course, we can’t do something like this without having a bit of fun with it, so in the spirit of the change, we have chosen the theme this month as “Selling Out” [ Facebook event can be found here]. And this show is going to be sold out without a doubt. We have lined up one of our truly best ever bill of acts and we are super excited about it (see below). We look forward to seeing you all there and please help us spread the word!

So, join us on Wed, Sept 26th upstairs in the Stag’s Head. Resident MC Kalle Ryan will be in place again to pepper you with poems and host proceedings humorously. resident sound man Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and delivering the decibels. The following truly stellar performers will be on the lineup:

SPOKEN WORD:

Colm Keegan 

Colm has read and performed his poetry at various festivals, including the Flat Lakes Festival, Electric Picnic and the Festival of World Cultures. He was the All Ireland Slam Poetry Champion in 2010. He also writes short stories and screenplays and has been shortlisted four times for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award for both poetry and fiction. In 2008 he was shortlisted for the International Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition. In 2011 he was nominated for the Absolut Fringe’s ‘Little Gem’ Award for the play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About (co-written with Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith) which is touring 2012/2013. He is a poetry/arts reviewer and contributing poet for RTE Radio One’s nightly arts show ARENA and co-founder of ‘Nighthawks at the Cobalt’. He is co-founder and facilitator of Inklinks, a young writers club in Clondalkin and teaches creative writing in secondary schools across Ireland. He is also a total ledgebag and one of our favourite people. Get ready for greatness.

Seamus Fox

Séamus began writing rap songs in the early 90’s having been listening to very early Hip Hop from 1983 onwards. Later in his early 20’s he began reading poetry and soon he began practicing this discipline also. From about 2006 his writing stepped up a gear and he was soon writing on a more or less daily basis, this continues to the present. He writes in many different formats and does not yet feel he has reached his poetic peak. He has been involved in too many gigs and readings to mention all over Ireland but mostly more locally in Belfast. He won the North Beach All Ireland Slam in 2009 and published his first book “As Seen Through Staggered Eyes” in 2010. He does community work in Belfast with DePaul, Save The Children and The SOS Bus. He is a brilliant poet, a great soul and a born performer.

MUSIC 

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 one of our favourite performers and we are thrilled to have him on the show again.

The Blood Red Mountain Band 

Playing an infectious home-brew of pop americana. Think Bob Dylan on holiday in Ireland with Arcade Fire. Consistently one of the most entertaining and energetic folks, rootsy, old-timey, raucous bands you’ll ever see. Can’t wait to have them on stage with us again at ye olde brownbread mixtape. A good time is guaranteed!

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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Next brownbread mixtape – May 25th – Theme: Culchies – Doors: 8pm


the brownbread mixtape #20 is on Wed, May 25th at 8.30pm, upstairs in the Stag’s Head. the theme for this month is “Culchies”

No tickets this time folks. First come, first served, like the good old days!

resident MC and culchie Kalle Ryan will be in place again to host proceedings and wave his applause sign. resident sound man and fellow culchie Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and lowering the levels.

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The following incredible performers will be on the lineup:

MUSIC : 

THE BLUE CHOIR | 

The Blue Choir are a collection of musicians and vocalists with the same love of music. Currently residing between Dublin & Kildare the bands debut E.P ‘Get Ready For War’ was released earlier this year. the brownbread mixtape is all kinds of excited to have them with us. Masterful songwriting, artfully performed.

” Superb, spooky, folk-fringed sounds from a five-strong Dublin/Kildare outfit who already have some deadly tunes in their knapsacks. Check out Barry Kirwan’s striking vocals.” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

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ROSS BREEN |

Ross Breen is a musician and songwriter from Kildare. He recently released his debut album, ‘When I Met The Devil’ in March 2011. He is a graduate of the Ballyfermot Rock School and has shared a stage with various musical luminaries on his travels, including Glen Hansard, Bell X1, Damien Dempsey, Sinead O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, Mundy, Luka Bloom and Liam O’ Maonlai. Breen has also been included on various compilation albums, including Ceol 06 and a Rock School Best Of. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome the Breen machine to our stage.

“… fresh, inventive and daring… The Irish music scene’s best kept secret? Maybe it’s time more people were told. (9/10)″ – Drop-d.ie

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SPOKEN WORD:

SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN | 

Sarah 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 has only been performing in spoken word circles since late 2009, but since then she has performed at many events such as The Glór Sessions, Exchange Word and Milk & Cookie Stories. She recently had her first collection of poems, “Follies”, published by Lapwing Press and has drawn strong praise from critics and peers alike. the brownbread mixture is giddy with excitement to bring her to perform.

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FERGUS COSTELLO|

Fergus Costello is a performance poet based in Tipperary and is the current Munster slam poetry champion. He was also the winner of the Cuisle International Poetry Festival Grand Slam held at The Locke Bar, Limerick in 2010. Fergus is also a highly regarded artist and his work has been displayed widely across this fair island. the brownbread mixtape is beyond excitement to welcome Fergus and his mercurial talents to the stage.

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SKETCH COMEDY:

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 for this month’s show are Sean McDonagh, Elderest McDonagh and Kalle Ryan.

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OTHER COOL STUFF:

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!

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We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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Next brownbread mixtape – May 25th – Theme: Culchies – Doors: 8pm


the brownbread mixtape #20 is on Wed, May 25th at 8.30pm, upstairs in the Stag’s Head. the theme for this month is “Culchies”

No tickets this time folks. First come, first served, like the good old days!

resident MC and culchie Kalle Ryan will be in place again to host proceedings and wave his applause sign. resident sound man and fellow culchie Enda Roche will also be in the corner co-hosting and lowering the levels.

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The following incredible performers will be on the lineup:

MUSIC : 

THE BLUE CHOIR | 

The Blue Choir are a collection of musicians and vocalists with the same love of music. Currently residing between Dublin & Kildare the bands debut E.P ‘Get Ready For War’ was released earlier this year. the brownbread mixtape is all kinds of excited to have them with us. Masterful songwriting, artfully performed.

” Superb, spooky, folk-fringed sounds from a five-strong Dublin/Kildare outfit who already have some deadly tunes in their knapsacks. Check out Barry Kirwan’s striking vocals.” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

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ROSS BREEN |

Ross Breen is a musician and songwriter from Kildare. He recently released his debut album, ‘When I Met The Devil’ in March 2011. He is a graduate of the Ballyfermot Rock School and has shared a stage with various musical luminaries on his travels, including Glen Hansard, Bell X1, Damien Dempsey, Sinead O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, Mundy, Luka Bloom and Liam O’ Maonlai. Breen has also been included on various compilation albums, including Ceol 06 and a Rock School Best Of. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome the Breen machine to our stage.

“… fresh, inventive and daring… The Irish music scene’s best kept secret? Maybe it’s time more people were told. (9/10)″ – Drop-d.ie

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SPOKEN WORD:

SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN | 

Sarah 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 has only been performing in spoken word circles since late 2009, but since then she has performed at many events such as The Glór Sessions, Exchange Word and Milk & Cookie Stories. She recently had her first collection of poems, “Follies”, published by Lapwing Press and has drawn strong praise from critics and peers alike. the brownbread mixture is giddy with excitement to bring her to perform.

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FERGUS COSTELLO|

Fergus Costello is a performance poet based in Tipperary and is the current Munster slam poetry champion. He was also the winner of the Cuisle International Poetry Festival Grand Slam held at The Locke Bar, Limerick in 2010. Fergus is also a highly regarded artist and his work has been displayed widely across this fair island. the brownbread mixtape is beyond excitement to welcome Fergus and his mercurial talents to the stage.

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SKETCH COMEDY:

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 for this month’s show are Sean McDonagh, Elderest McDonagh and Kalle Ryan.

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OTHER COOL STUFF:

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!

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We can be followed & liked in these places:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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