This month we’re dancing. Dancing while the sky crashes down. Celebrating the utopian and dystopian; the idealism and the realism; picking oor way through the debris of modern culture, armed with a bag-full of ideas and imagination. We don’t know what might happen, so we’re dancing regardless. Joining us for lyrical delightfulness, melodic harmoniousness, utopian and dystopian imaginings, we have…..
R M HUBBERT!Prolific Glasgow-born songwriter and guitarist who, in his own words, “writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone”. He is the winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2013 (forThirteen Lost & Found); was short-listed for the SAY Awards in 2014 (for Breaks & Bones) and his live performances “provide the rare spectacle of a noisy rabble falling instantly silent to marvel at both his technical ability and the emotional impact of his music” (The Scotsman) We’re delighted to have him heading up the music side of this month’s R&B Edinburgh!
ALAN BISSETT! Speaking of prolific: Alan Bissett is a novelist, performer, activist, theatre-maker, playwright and essayist – a man of many literary talents! His Collected Plays from 2009 – 14 are released this month by Freight Books and demonstrate why Bissett is one of Scotland’s brightest, multi-award-winning literary and theatrical talents.
LYNSEY MAY! Lynsey is a short-story writer and former New Writer’s Award winner, living, loving and working in Edinburgh. She says that her stories aren’t “always 100% happy to stay on the page”, hence becoming a dedicated performer of her work. We like that. We like that a lot…
ELYSSA VULPES! Haunting and romantic melodies combining “dreams and firelight, shadows and rock and roll. Late night tales of witchcraft, mystery and desire from battle-scarred survivors of the Love Wars…” Oh. Yes.
BRAM GIEBEN (SCOTTISH SLAM CHAMPION 2015)! In February 2015, Bram E Gieben competed against fifteen of Scotland’s best slam poets to win the title. He’ll go on to represent Scotland in the Slam Worlds in Paris in June. Rally & Broad were both in the audience that night, and it was an incredible performance, equal parts power, control and fire.
For the uninitiated, every year, there are slams in Scotland. Slams are poetic battles of words. Triumphant winners of these battles go on to compete in the Scottish Slam Championships, with the winner going on the represent Scotland in Paris at the Poetry Slam World Cup (Coup de Monde). Always entertaining; never-without-controversy, slams are high-energy cures for the verse-phobic!
Come waltz through the debris. Hosted by resident comperes and players-with-words Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum./span>
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