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the brownbread mixtape – oct 26th – “Halloween”

Hey everybody, we’re back! As autumn sweeps in, it is time for another batch of the brownbread mixtape. We were sad to be away for September but we had an absolute blast at the Electric Picnic and Kalle’s ABSOLUT Fringe show, Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About, was a roaring success (sold out every night and nominated for an award – read more here). So, now we are back with our monthly jaunt at our Dublin home, The Stag’s Head, on Wednesday October 26th. The show will be Halloween themed so come along in fancy dress if you wish. Admission, as always, is FREE!

MUSIC :

Tom Cooney |

Tom writes songs of cycles, distance love and indifference. He has shared a stage with the likes of M. Ward, Fionn Regan and Josh T Pearson. After a string of shows in recession ravaged Ireland, including opening for Lisa Hannigan, Tom felt the need to share his new songs with Australia. The Repetition will be released in November and Tom has just announced an Australian tour. But before he does he will enthrall us here in Dublin. the brownbread mixtape is buzzing at the prospect of hearing this fine songwriter in the intimate surroundings of the Parlour Bar in Stag’s Head. Bring it on.

SPOKEN WORD:

Brian Kirk |

Brian Kirk is a poet, prose writer and playwright from Clondalkin. In recent years he has been shortlisted for many awards including Hennessy Awards for fiction in 2008 and 2011. He won the inaugural Writing Spirit Award in 2009 with his story Perpetuity. His story The Girl in the Window features in Sharp Sticks Driven Nails, an anthology of new stories, edited by Philip O’Ceallaigh, published by The Stinging Fly Press in October 2010. He has twice been a featured reader in the Lonely Voice series of short story readings at the Irish Writers’ Centre. His one act play And the Word was Made Flesh was runner up in the “From Page to Stage” playwriting competition run by Dublin Public Libraries in 2010. His play Story was shortlisted for the 2011 PJ O’Connor Awards with RTE. His work has appeared in the Sunday Tribune, Crannog, The Stony Thursday Book, Revival, Boyne Berries, Wordlegs and various anthologies. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome this literary luminary to our stage.

MUSIC & SPOKEN WORD:

Stephen James Smith & Enda Reilly |

There is a space where poetry music and song are one and the same. Stephen James Smith, the poet and spoken word artist, in collaboration with Enda Reilly the singer and songwriter have recorded Arise and Go, an EP which explores that very space. Arise and Go is also a meditation on what it is to be Irish today and it does this through exploring some great poetry by Yeats, Kavanagh, Pearse a recitation by Luke Kelly and a new take on The National Anthem. An internationally acclaimed poem by Stephen and a macaronic version of one of Enda’s songs completes this intriguing collection of recordings. the brownbread mixtape is thrilled to bring these two giants of the Irish spoken word and music scene together. Individually they have been among our most popular performers and together we are expecting astonishing things. We are delighted to have them together for a special joint show.

SKETCH COMEDY

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 Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan

OTHER COOL STUFF

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

We will be having our deadly 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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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:
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the brownbread mixtape – Two Halloween shows in September!

Hey everybody, we’re back! As autumn sweeps in, it is time for another batch of the brownbread mixtape. We were sad to be away for September but we had an absolute blast at the Electric Picnic and Kalle’s ABSOLUT Fringe show, Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About, was a roaring success (sold out every night and nominated for an award – read more here). So, now we are back with, not one but two shows in September. First up is our monthly jaunt at our Dublin home, The Stag’s Head, on Wednesday October 26th. We are then taking the brownbread mixtape on the road to Waterford to perform at the Imagine Arts Festival once again on Monday October 31st. Both shows will be Halloween themed and we are really excited about them. Admission, as always, is FREE! Here’s the scoop on both:

the brownbread mixtape – oct 26th – Dublin

MUSIC :

Tom Cooney |

Tom writes songs of cycles, distance love and indifference. He has shared a stage with the likes of M. Ward, Fionn Regan and Josh T Pearson. After a string of shows in recession ravaged Ireland, including opening for Lisa Hannigan, Tom felt the need to share his new songs with Australia. The Repetition will be released in November and Tom has just announced an Australian tour. the brownbread mixtape is buzzing at the prospect of hearing this fine songwriter in the intimate surroundings of the Parlour Bar in Stag’s Head. Bring it on.

SPOKEN WORD:

Stephen James Smith & Enda Reilly |

There is a space where poetry music and song are one and the same. Stephen James Smith, the poet and spoken word artist, in collaboration with Enda Reilly the singer and songwriter have recorded Arise and Go, an EP which explores that very space. Arise and Go is also a meditation on what it is to be Irish today and it does this through exploring some great poetry by Yeats, Kavanagh, Pearse a recitation by Luke Kelly and a new take on The National Anthem. An internationally acclaimed poem by Stephen and a macaronic version of one of Enda’s songs completes this intriguing collection of recordings. the brownbread mixtape is thrilled to bring these two giants of the Irish spoken word and music scene together. Individually they have been among our most popular performers and together we are expecting astonishing things. We are delighted to have them together for a special joint show.

SKETCH COMEDY

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 Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Kalle Ryan

the brownbread mixtape – oct 31st – Waterford

The theme for this unique brownbread mixtape show at the Imagine Festival will be “Halloween” and we have a truly fantastic lineup of artists on the night [Imagine Arts Festival online listing here]

SPOKEN WORD:

Stephen James Smith & Enda Reilly |

“Stephen James Smith is a ball of hydrogen gas that should be pumped into every household across the land. He knocks seven shades of shite out of all the usual “birds and bees, whey and cheese” nonsense you find at poetry readings” – Jinx Lennon

“I truly cannot think of another Irish solo artist who’s even close to creating the type of music [Enda Reilly] is.” – The Event Guide

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. the brownbread mixtape is beyond excitement to welcome Fergus and his mercurial talents to the stage.

MUSIC :

Deaf Joe |

Deaf Joe is the nickname of Waterford musician Joe Harney. He originally started out writing music for theatre, but was convinced to consider putting out his own music by friends who heard a demo of a track he had left over from a show that never went into production. To date he has released three EPs through Dublin’s Delphi Label, and is currently preparing his first full-length album for release later in the year. He also sometimes joins the live line-up of fellow Waterfordian Katie Kim. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to welcome the mellifluous talents of Deaf Joe to our stage.

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

SKETCH COMEDY

The Brownbread Players |


OTHER COOL STUFF

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

We will be having our deadly 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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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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the brownbread mixtape is paused for September, but fast forward to “Three Men Talking…”


Alas, this month there will be no brownbread mixtape. We have pressed pause on the brownbread tape deck and will resume in October with a brilliant new show, which we will also be taking to the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford on Oct 31st. We look forward to seeing you all there!


In the meantime we strongly encourage you to go and see the spoken word show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” in the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival. It is written by our very own Kalle Ryan in collaboration with two brownbread mixtape favourites Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan. The show is directed beautifully by the talented actor and director Sarah Brennan. It has been sold out every night this week and has just received an extremely positive four star review in The Irish Times from Sara Keating

” **** …each of the men brings their own energy, tone and distinct poetic style to the composite structure…”  [Click here to read the review in full]

Don’t miss this opportunity to see three of Ireland’s very best spoken word artists and writers performing in this remarkable show. Tickets are selling out very fast so get yours today to avoid missing out.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS TO THE SHOW!

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Come and see “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011

From September 19th to September 24th upstairs in The International Bar, three of Ireland’s leading male performance poets, Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith, will join together for a unique spoken word show about what it means to be a man.

Three different stories by three different men connected by the same human experiences of love, loss and redemption. Through poetry delivered in their own inimitable styles, all three men will take you on a deeply personal interconnected journey exploring the universal truths that shape us all.

As if three men talking about their feelings isn’t a big story in itself, surely the fact that three of Dublin’s most well-known performance poets are joining forces for a one-off show together should make anyone with an interest in the spoken word take note. The show is directed by Sarah Brennan who brings an experienced theatrical vision and adds a clear female perspective to these poetic male stories.

The Dublin spoken word scene has grown and developed spectacularly in the past few years and it is no coincidence that Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith are at the heart of that movement. As organisers of Nighthawks, The Brownbread Mixtape and The Glor Sessions respectively, they form an informal collective of arts nights in the city that support and promote spoken word performance. They see this show as the next step in the evolution of that buzzing scene, as they join forces and create a new format and platform for their brand of performance poetry to be heard.

Tickets are still available for most performances from the official ABSOLUT Fringe website >  I would love to buy a ticket , take me to the website!

For more information, please visit the official blog >Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About

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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About: ABSOLUT Fringe Show


The inimitable Kalle Ryan will be performing in this remarkable ABSOLUT Fringe show from Sept 19th to Sept 24th. The show is a collaborative three man show written with two of the other leading lights in the Dublin spoken word performance scene, Colm Keegan & Stephen James Smith, and is directed by Sarah Brennan.

It promises to be a deeply personal spoken word show that uses poetic rhythms and forms to explore the universal truths that fuck us all up. Tickets are selling extremely fast, so snap up a seat while you can from the official ABSOLUT Fringe website >  I would love to buy a ticket , take me to the website!

For more information on the show and the writers, you can visit the offical blog right here >Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About

Three Men Talking by Philip Barrett (c) 2011


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Hear ye, hear ye! The Brownbread Players will perform funny sketches at the Flat Lake Festival!

Festival season has begun and we are proud to announce that The Brownbread Players will be performing a selection of their weirdest, wildest and funniest sketches at the Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan on the June bank holiday weekend. It is a delightful little literary, artistic festival with all kinds of oddities abounding. In fact, attending the festival feels a lot like being in a really good episode of Father Ted. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect a charming and inspiring mix of ideas and lunacy.

The Brownbread Players will be performing in The Gonzo Theatre tent curated by the mercurial Phil Doherty, which will also feature fantastic performers like The Rubberbandits, The Gombeens, Jinx Lennon, Ghost Train Willy and many others. Other stages will be hosting top writers like Irish legend John Banville and American satirist supreme Joe Queenan, as well as mellifluous music by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and The Blood Red Mountain Band. Some of the very best spoken word and poetry performers in the country will also be performing, including The Poetry Chicks, Dave Lordan and Stephen James Smith. In other words, a truly stellar set of performers alongside a whole host of other cool events and attractions. [Check out the loopy official Flat Lake Festival website here]

We are really looking forward to it and we really hope you can make it along. It is one of the most mellow, warm and good natured festivals we have ever been to and they really deserve your support. Weekend tickets are a steal and can be purchased online at the following digital emporium> [Flat Lake Tickets Available Here ]

See you  all there!

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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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The Brownbread Players at Flat Lake Festival

Festival season has begun and we are proud to announce that The Brownbread Players will be performing a selection of their weirdest, wildest and funniest sketches at this years Flat Lake Festival in Monaghan on the June bank holiday weekend. It is a delightful little literary, artistic festival with all kinds of oddities abounding. In fact, attending the festival feels a lot like being in a really good episode of Father Ted. And if last year’s festival is anything to go by, we expect a charming and inspiring mix of ideas and lunacy.

The Brownbread Players will be performing in The Gonzo Theatre tent curated by the mercurial Phil Doherty, which will also feature fantastic performers like The Gombeens, Jinx Lennon, Ghost Train Willy and many others. Other stages will be hosting top writers like Irish legend John Banville and American satirist supreme Joe Queenan, as well as mellifluous music by Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies and The Blood Red Mountain Band. Some of the very best spoken word and poetry performers in the country will also be performing, including The Poetry Chicks, Dave Lordan and Stephen James Smith. In other words, a truly stellar set of performers alongside a whole host of other cool events and attractions. [Check out the loopy official Flat Lake Festival website here]

We are really looking forward to it and we really hope you can make it along. It is one of the most mellow, warm and good natured festivals we have ever been to and they really deserve your support. Weekend tickets are a steal and can be purchased online at the following digital emporium> [Flat Lake Tickets Available Here ]

See you  all there!

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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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The Brownbread Mixtape in Cork! – Theme: Rebels! – Sat. May 7th – 8pm – The Woodford – FREE

This Saturday (May 7th) we are bringing The Brown Bread Mixtape to the People’s Republic of Cork for the very first time and we are super excited about it! We are proud to be part of the Trash Culture Revue festival taking place all weekend in Cork city. Our show will be at The Woodford on Paul Street at 8pm and our special theme of the night will be “Rebels!”

We will be showcasing some of the very best performers around (see videos below) including mellifluous music from Pearse McGloughlin and super songsmithery from Fia Rua, rhymes and rhythm from Munster poetry slam champion Fergus Costello and emotional and impactful poems from multiple award winning poet Stephen James Smith. And, of course, hilarious sketches by The Brownbread Players. As well as that, there will be photos on exhibit by the talented photographer Vanessa Jordan. All hosted with the usual aplomb and silliness by MC Kalle Ryan and sound man sidekick superstar Enda Roche. And all of this is FREE!

We are really hoping to get a big, friendly crowd to the show so please, please, please let everyone you know who might be in Cork on this coming Saturday. We really need your support for these shows to ensure that more events like them will happen in the future. Support live art, live music, live poetry!

—Facebook event page for BBMT in Cork can be found here—

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Twine – Pearse McGloughlin

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The Gardener – Stephen James Smith

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Tell Me Lies – Fergus Costello

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Darkness – Fia Rua

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The Twitter Sketch – The Brownbread Players

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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 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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Mindfield Review + Brilliant Cartoons and Illustrations of the Slam Poets


 What a gorgeous sunny Bank Holiday weekend here in Dublin. Hope you all enjoyed the sweet weather. We had an absolutely wonderful weekend and one of the true highlights was the brownbread mixtape showcase on Friday evening at the Mindfield Festival in Dublin.

“Kalle Ryan – 7 Deadly Facts” (Apr 29th 2011)
Artist: Colm Mac Athlaoich
 

The south end of leafy Merrion Square had been magically transformed into a mini Electric Picnic and on Friday night, our very own wordsmith Kalle Ryan took to the stage with Erin Fornoff to represent the poetic prowess of the brownbread mixtape at The Word at Mindfield.

“Erin Fornoff – Stephen James Smith” (Apr 29th 2011)
Artist: Colm Mac Athlaoich

Chief rhyme-slinger and MC, Marty Mulligan, was on hand to guide proceedings in his trademark poetic, rhythmic, shamanic way. In addition to our own night being showcased, The Glor Sessions and TongueBox, two of the other giants of the spoken word/poetry scene in Dublin were there too. The energy in the room was warm and engaged (with the notable exception of the gargled bowsy who had to be chaperoned out) and the audience were effusive and enthusiastic in their praise afterwards.

“Marty Mulligan – Kalle Ryan – Erin Fornoff”
Artist:  Philip Barrett

In addition to the wonderful words being bandied about, there were several really gifted artists, illustrators and cartoonists attending the event who dashed down artistic depictions of people and concepts as they happened. As you can see from the selections here, they are witty, wicked, weird and wonderful. (You can see an entire Flickr feed of the work they did at the festival here)

“Kalle Ryan – 7 Deadly Facts” (Apr 29th 2011)
Artist: Paddy Lynch

It was such a cool and innovative idea to bring these artists on board to document the event and the results were truly excellent. Super little slices of the people and soundbites of a weekend dedicated to ideas and words.

“Kalle Ryan – Do’s and Don’ts” (Apr 29th 2011)
Artist: Colm Mac Athlaoich

Maximum respect to all of the artists, performers & speakers and to the Mindfield organisers for staging such an intelligent, interesting event. A really great showcase of the thinkers and thought-provoking people amongst us.  Long may it continue!

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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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Upcoming BBMT events – Mindfield Festival and Trash Culture Revue!


Tickets for our monthly show on Wednesday April 27th are sold out. There may be a few tickets on the door but we can’t guarantee it. That’s a bummer man.

But fear not, we have two other brilliant brownbread mixtape events planned for the next fortnight, so you can get fresh slices of brown bread in different locations with different toppings. They are going to be very very special.  Far out man!

We really need your support for these shows to ensure that more events like them will happen in the future. Support live art, live music, live poetry! So, if you would consider sending on the link to this blog or the websites and Facebook event pages below, we would be most grateful. Much obliged.

We are really looking forward to the shows and can’t wait to see you there!
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1. Mindfield Festival
(Dublin – Friday April 29th)

The Brownbread Mixtape will proudly be showcasing poetry by our very own Kalle Ryan and the mighty poetess Erin Fornoff at the MindField Festival in Dublin on Friday April 29th. We are thrilled, honored and delighted to be part of such an inspiring and cool event. The maestro of metre and rhyme, Mr Marty Mulligan will host this spectacular night of spoken word which will also feature performance poetry by the fine folks at Tongue Box and The Glór Sessions. All for only 10 EUR. That, my friends, is a bloody bargain. It will be brilliant!

Get your tickets now for a really special night. Go on, clickety click right here.

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2. Trash Culture Revue
(Cork – Saturday May 7th)

Dearest Cork rebels. On May 7th we’re taking The Brown Bread Mixtape to the People’s Republic of Cork as part of the very cool Trash Culture Revue festival. Our very special Cork-flavoured theme of the night will be “Rebels!” The show is taking place at The Woodford and kicks off at 8pm. We have a killer lineup that you would normally pay bucketloads of cash to see, but for one night only they will perform for your pleasure for the princely sum of zero EURO. Yes, the show is FREE! Featuring performances from outstanding musicians Pearse McGloughlin and Fia Rua, rhymes and rhythm from Munster poetry slam champion Fergus Costello and emotional and impactful poems from multiple award winning poet Stephen James Smith. And, of course, hilarious sketches by The Brownbread Players. All hosted with the usual aplomb and silliness by MC Kalle Ryan and sound man sidekick superstar Enda Roche.

—Facebook event page for BBMT in Cork can be found here—


—-Click here for more info on other great shows in the Trash Culture Revue—-

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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 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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