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Recordings from the most recent brownbread mixtape – Sinead White, The Young Folk, John Cummins, Kalle Ryan, Dimitra Xidous

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This month’s brownbread mixtape show was really special – some truly remarkable performances mixed with that indescribable special magic that happens in that room. BBC Radio Ulster were down to record the show for a spoken word documentary for one of their programmes, so we cut together some cool performances from the night to share with them. And so we wanted to share them with you too. So, without further ado, here are a selection of some of the most special moments in a night filled with dozens of them. And if you like what you hear, post them to your Facebook, your Twitter, your Google+ and elsewhere. It helps the artists, it helps the community and it makes everything cooler. Enjoy!

MUSIC 

The Young Folk – Grown

Sinead White – Flat Battery


SPOKEN WORD

Kalle Ryan – Three Men Talking excerpt

John Cummins – Phil Lynott

Dimitra X – Onions

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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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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About on UK & IRL tour – Oct 2013 – London, Kildare, Waterford, Dublin

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Hello spoken word fans in Dublin! The award nominated show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith is back this October for a final whistle-stop tour that will hit London, Kildare, Waterford and Dublin. Don’t miss your last ever chance to see the award nominated show. Please spread the word to any fans of theatre & poetry you know and please pick up tickets as soon as possible to show your support. It promises to be a spellbinding night from three of Ireland’s leading performance poets under the assured direction of Sarah Brennan. Come along, spread the word, share in the experience. Support great art. We can’t wait to see you there!

TICKETS FOR WATERFORD SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS FOR DUBLIN SHOW AVAILABLE HERE
(INCLUDES POST-SHOW Q & A)

TICKETS FOR LONDON SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

TICKETS FOR KILDARE SHOW AVAILABLE HERE

Three Men Talking - Colm, Kalle, Stephen - (c) Jessica Ryan - www.comfyphotography.com

“Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets – Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith – take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man. 

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film. 

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.”

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Three Men Talking at Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown – Friday March 8th

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Hello spoken word fans in Dublin! The award nominated show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith is being presented for one night only in the Draiocht in Blanchardstown on Friday, March 8th. This is the only Dublin date for the show this year, so please don’t miss this rare chance to see it again. It promises to be a spellbinding night from three of Ireland’s leading performance poets under the assured direction of Sarah Brennan. Tickets are only €16 and are already selling very well. Come along, spread the word, share in the experience. Support great art. We can’t wait to see you there!

PICK UP YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE

Three Men Talking - Colm, Kalle, Stephen - (c) Jessica Ryan - www.comfyphotography.com

“Three of Ireland’s leading performance poets – Colm Keegan, Kalle Ryan and Stephen James Smith – take the audience on a cathartic, emotional journey into the heart of who they are. Digging into subjects that men may not traditionally explore like love, relationships, loss, family and self doubt, they explore what it really means to be a man. 

Three Men Talking has had hugely successful sold out runs at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the Turnaround Rep Season in Project Arts Centre 2012, as well as the 2012 Kinsale Arts Festival. The show has been nominated for the ‘Bewleys Cafe Theatre Little Gem’ award in 2011 and is currently in development to be made into a feature film. 

Colm, Kalle and Stephen James are all award winning writers and slam-poetry champions in their own right, having performed at several prestigious literary festivals & venues across Ireland and around the world. This is their first play.”

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Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About – Turnaround Season – Project Arts Centre – April 18, 19 & 27

A reminder that the award nominated spoken word show “Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” (written and performed by Kalle Ryan, Colm Keegan & Stephen James Smith and directed by Sarah Brennan) will be on at Project Arts Centre as part of the Turnaround rep season in association with ABSOLUT Fringe. Five brilliant shows. Three performances of each. One more chance to see them. Pick up your tickets here , right now!

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“Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About” is back!

Our inimitable host Kalle Ryan and fellow performance poets Colm Keegan & Stephen James Smith, will be performing in their remarkable award nominated spoken-word show Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About again this April. Following their sold-out run at ABSOLUT Fringe 2011, the show will be presented again by Project Arts Centre and ABSOLUT Fringe as part of a unique rep season of five shows entitled Turn Around.  [See listings here]

(c) Jessica Ryan - Comfy Photography

The Project Arts Centre and ABSOLUT Fringe have picked five of their favourite shows from past fringe festivals and are showcasing them at this prestigious event. Kalle, Colm and Stephen are delighted to bring their show back and are honoured to have the opportunity to perform it on the legendary Cube stage at Project Arts Centre. The show will once again be directed by the inimitable Sarah Brennan.

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Their show will be staged on 18th, 19th and 27th April and you can pick up tickets below. There are all kinds of cool deals also in place to see the entire season of work too, so please support these great artists and this wonderful set of shows. Tickets are already selling fast, so snap up a seat while you can from the Project Box Office online >  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

The Three Men also have a Facebook page that is regularly updated > Three Men Talking on Facebook

Three Men Talking by Philip Barrett (c) 2011

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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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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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