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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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The Brownbread Mixtape is in Waterford at the Imagine Arts Festival on Monday!

We are taking the brownbread mixtape on the road to Waterford to perform at the Imagine Arts Festival this Monday, October 31st. We will be performing in Downes Bar, the greatest pub in Ireland (FACT!)  Here’s the scoop:

 

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 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:
YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Ustream

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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 – 2010 in reverse view

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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

It’s the end of the year and time to be reflective, pensive and festive! So we thought we would take a peek back and celebrate the incredible year we have had at the brownbread mixtape!

The show has now grown into a remarkable event that is attended by 100+ people each month and our YouTube channel now has over 100 videos of incredible performances from the show too. Sincere thanks to every single performer and to every one of you who attended & supported the night this year. You make the show what it is.

So, please join us and take a quick look at the many cool brownbread mixtape achievements and delights in 2010.

[See also : Best of Poetry and Prose 2010Best of Sketch Comedy 2010 (The Brownbread Players)Best of Music 2010 | Best of Stand Up Comedy 2010]

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FEB 2010 – Dublin Community Blog Interview

Back in February, Marcel at the Dublin Community Blog interviewed Kalle and Enda about the brownbread mixtape and it turned out to be a really great snapshot of the night, as well as being instrumental in drawing a new crowd to our shows.

“…one of the most interesting events that is currently happening in Dublin city is this monthly themed night of music, spoken word and performance…” Read the full article here

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MARCH 2010 – The Best of the Batch: A Baker’s Dozen of Brownbread Mixtape Tracks


In March we compiled and designed a seriously cool collection of our favourite performances from the brownbread mixtape shows thus far.

Filmmaker and designer David Bagnall from New York City put together the brilliant cover art.

We then made up a limited run of 39 copies (3 baker’s dozens) and each one was handmade & numbered. They were subsequently raffled off at our shows and are destined to be collector’s items!

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APR 2010 – Our Blood Is Boiling For Ireland!

Kalle wrote a song entitled “My Blood is Boiling for Ireland” and recorded it at Enda’s studio in Leixlip. He submitted it to the Irish Times for their alternative Irish national anthem competition and then promptly forgot about it. Then something amazing happened!

The competition, judged by members of the Duckworth Lewis Method and staff of the Irish Times, deemed Kalle’s rousing anthem to be the winner! COME ON IRELAND!

The new alternative Irish national anthem had been given a stamp of approval (as well as prize money and Electric Picnic tickets!) and a blood-boiling new Irish beast was born!

“It was somehow angry, fun and patriotic all at the same time.” – Shane Hegarty, Irish Times (Read full article here)

Following airplay on Today FM and a positive response from so many of you, it has gone on to become a cult hit on YouTube, clocking up thousands of hits. BOOM!

Of course it has since become the signature closing number at every brownbread mixtape show, usually delivered raucously and fervently in true drink-taken style. It will continue to be our unofficial Irish anthem and we fully endorse the Facebook campaign to make it an official anthem at Irish sporting events.

Spread the word. Sing it in pubs. Shout it at matches. Roar it in your sleep. Maintain a constant rolling boil!

COME ON IRELAND!

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JUNE 2010 – Bubblin Dublin and the DIY effect!

In June we were honoured to be included in a fascinating article by Davin O’Dwyer in the Irish Times that took a look at the growing trend of “DIY events” in Dublin. The wonderful, collaborative spirit that currently abounds in the arts scene was nicely captured and gave readers a real insight into the wealth of affordable and free high quality gigs that are happening around this fair city.

“…a decidedly more freewheeling atmosphere, is the Brown Bread Mixtape, a monthly blend of Scrap Saturday-style sketches, poetry, music and stand-up comedy hosted by poet Kalle Ryan and musician Enda Roche in the Parlour Bar above the Stag’s Head pub…” Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times (read the article in full here. It also features brilliant photos from the May gig, taken by the talented Jessica Ryan)

Kalle’s poem, The Reformartists, that is mentioned in the article was performed several times during the year at the brownbread mixtape and can be viewed below. It contains references to many of the individuals and gigs mentioned in the article such as the Glor Sessions, Nighthawks and more. See if you can spot them.

Something is really happening!

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AUG 2010 – The Guilty Folk sees Brown Bread Rising

The fantastic musicmakers The Guilty Folk also have a very nifty and often humorous blog about contemporary music and arts. (As an aside, band members Aidan and Sarah met at one of the first brownbread mixtapes and have been collaborating ever since) In August, Aidan wrote a glowing review of the brownbread mixtape. It was the first ever review of the night and he did a terrific job of capturing the essence of the night. In fact, he was generous, cool, insightful, witty and absolutely correct.

“There’s nothing quite like it in Dublin, and it should be considered a treasure”  ( Read the full review  here )

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SEPT 2010 – Who’s that on the horizon? Why its Jeff Nelson of course!

In September we had a raffle as per usual, but it was no ordinary raffle. It created a legend. The theme of the night was “Secrets” and in keeping with that, we had a secret grand prize contained in a brown envelope marked “Top Secret”. When the winner was announced, we asked him to approach the stage to open it in front of everyone. That winner was called Jeff Nelson. The crowd began chanting his name continuously throughout the night. He was mentioned in song intros and outros by all of the acts onstage. A legend was born.

Cut to one month later, EleventyFour was on the bill at the brownbread mixtape. She had been in the audience the previous month and had chanted “JEFF NELSON, JEFF NELSON…” along with us all. In a lightbulb moment of inspired musical brilliance she had composed a song entitled “Jeff Nelson” to honour the mysterious legendary figure. The song is a classic and unsurprisingly it was emphatically and instantly embraced by the adoring crowd. A truly magical moment!

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OCT 2010 – The brownbread mixtape on tour!

In October we were thrilled to take the brownbread mixtape on the road for the first time ever.

We loaded up the old brownbread tourbus and took our show down to the wonderful Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford

On Halloween night we packed a large crowd in to Downes Bar (possibly the greatest pub in the world) for an amazing show. Some of Ireland’s best new acts were on the bill including Pearse McGloughlin, Elder Roche, EleventyFour and Stephen James Smith.

Locally based poet Edward Denniston performed some excellent poems and local musician and writer, Stephen Walsh regaled us with a brilliant prose poem about the vagaries of working life, and Waterford musical hero Deaf Joe Harney also made an appearance to accompany Pearse McGloughlin on clarinet on the song “Mercedes and the Kingfisher”.

The Brownbread Players took the opportunity to reflect on a years worth of sketches and present the best of the bunch. They went over a storm with the crowd and were described in the Munster Express as being “zany, fresh, exciting and of broadcastable quality”

In fact, the local newspapers were effusive and extremely generous in their praise of the night, and for that we thank them:

(An) energetic performance (that) showcased a witty range of comedy music and poetry (which) makes you understand why the act have gained a reputation in the renowned Dublin spoken word scene”– Waterford News & Star

“I loved the hi-energy excitement of the event. (…) It was a great blast of freshness and inventiveness” – Liam Murphy, Munster Express

We absolutely loved the experience and hope to take the show out on tour again next year. Keep an eye out for us!

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OCT 2010 – Uiscebot calls us “the best night out in Dublin”

Influential blogger Uiscebot (aka the poet Colm Keegan) hailed the brownbread mixtape as the best night out in Dublin. He listed the top ten reasons to go to our show, which were funny and heartfelt. It’s wildly flattering as he runs Nighthawks at The Cobalt Cafe with Stephen Kennedy, which is actually the best night in Dublin.

“They have the most electrically charged room I’ve ever been in…” (Read the full article here )

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DEC 2010 – Little films and musical videos on the YouTube channel

This December, Kalle has started posting up original content to complement the live footage and clips from the monthly gigs. The first of these is a curious, yet cool little short film entitled “Modern Ireland” that Kalle made last year. [directed by award winning directors, David O’Sullivan ( Moore Street Masala) and David Bagnall (Getting Out )]. Inspired by the Paschal Quigley song of the same name, it takes an oddball look at modern ireland. It has received really warm praise and kind responses from all who have seen it, with comparisons even the ledgebag Samuel Beckett.

Inspired by the reception the film received, Kalle pieced together an original music video to accompany the original Paschal Quigley song “Modern Ireland”. At times humorous and at times deadly serious, it seems suitably apt for the times we currently find ourselves in. We hope you enjoy it.

Next year we hope to create more original films, sketches and more for the YouTube channel, as well as post performances from each show. Thanks to all of you who have subscribed so far! To the rest, we say, what are you waiting for!

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2011 – What’s next?

We are really excited about what 2011 will bring. We have grand plans, wild ideas and open minds. Whatever comes along, we look forward to it all and are happy to have you along for the journey!

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming days for a series of Best-Of posts from the year gone by. See you all in January for a brand new show!

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the brownbread mixtape at the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford – Oct 31st – Downes Bar – 8pm

 

 

“(a) freewheeling atmosphere […] a monthly blend of Scrap Saturday-style sketches, poetry, music and stand-up comedy” – Davin O’Dwyer, Irish Times


For one night only, Dublin’s premier monthly arts night, the brownbread mixtape is coming to the Imagine Festival in Waterford!

Each brownbread mixtape show has a theme. We invite the best contemporary Irish poets, musicians and comedians to perform. They do a performance related to the theme. We all have loads of fun. Simple as that.

The critically acclaimed show is hosted and run by resident MC & Waterford native Kalle Ryan, along with trusty sidekick and multi-instru-mentalist Enda Roche.

The theme for this unique brownbread mixtape show at the Imagine Festival will be “Imagination” and we have a truly fantastic lineup of artists on the night>

MUSIC

Elder Roche | http://www.elderroche.com/

Elder is a true musical poet who has shared the stage with many of Ireland’s best, including Damien Rice, Paddy Casey and Damien Dempsey. His slapping grooves and roots overtones have seen his concerts gain a legendary, almost cult status. Elder recently released his magnificent debut album “Nobody Knows” to huge critical acclaim, with reviewers likening him to legends like Tom Waits and David Bowie. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Elder’s deft and delicate piano songs to the brownbread mixtape stage. Get ready to hear a real troubadour at the peak of his powers.

“Manly vocals and powerful storytelling songs bring to mind the genius of Leonard Cohen” – News of the World

Pearse McGloughlin | http://www.walkperson.net/

Pearse hails originally from Sligo and last year he released his debut album “Busy Whisper” to huge critical acclaim. The album offers beautifully haunting songs of forgotten moments and quiet reflection. Dreamy and atmospheric, ghostly but tender, Busy Whisper explores the themes of memory and longing, and has an organic aesthetic reminiscent of Grand Salvo or Red House Painters. Busy Whisper made many prestigious ‘Best Albums of 2009’ lists while the video for ‘Ways to Kill a Werewolf’ won an IMTV Award in the Best Male Video category. Pearse performed at the recent Hard Working Class Heroes Festival and recorded a 2FM session earlier this year. This year has also seen him tour in Ireland, Spain and France, while also finding the time to record a batch of new songs for his highly anticipated upcoming EP. the brownbread mixtape is delighted to bring Pearse’s finely crafted songwriting to the stage.  Knockout songs from an immense talent.
“An immediately engaging performer, whose natural demeanour and soft-spoken asides offer little indication as to the extent of his talent, both as a musician and songwriter” – Art and Soul UK

EleventyFour | http://www.myspace.com/eleventyfour

EleventyFour came into the world backwards and has done things in her own way ever since. She drove her stolen forklift onto the Dublin music scene in 2008 and since then has built a loyal following. Jim Carroll picked her as one of his 5 Future Sounds in The Irish Times ‘The Ticket’. Since then she has received oodles of radio airplay and recorded an acoustic session for the Green and Live show on Limerick’s Live 95FM. The brownbread mixtape is excited to bring EleventyFour’s inimitably charming tunes to the stage. She is quirky, cool and her stage banter is warmer than a yuletide fire.

”…cute as a button Kimya Dawson-like songs…” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times

POETRY

Stephen James Smith | http://www.StephenJamesSmith.com/

Stephen is a remarkable performance poet and a bit of a legend in Dublin. Not only is he a former Cúirt International Literary Festival Grand Slam Poetry Champion, he is also the MC and organiser of the excellent weekly Glór Sessions in the International Bar. Last year he proudly represented Ireland at the Vilenica Literary Festival in Slovenia and is currently recording an EP of Irish poems with musician Enda Reilly. Stephen is a truly hypnotic presence onstage and is one of our most popular past performers at the brownbread mixtape. Poetry that rages far from the page.
“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

COMEDY

The Brownbread Players | http://www.youtube.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

Our very own hilarious sketch troupe will write and perform  brand new funny skits and sketches on the theme of the night.  The Brownbread Players includes well-known television, radio and film actors Sean McDonagh, Eva Bartley and Gus McDonagh, as well as chancer Kalle Ryan.
OTHER COOL STUFF

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

We will be having a 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!

MORE INFO

Our web based presence comes in a variety of forms:

video> youtube.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

fanaticism> facebook.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

audio> myspace.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

chirping> twitter.com/brownbreadmix

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