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Ryan with Rally & Broad in the Book Festival Spiegeltent

August 13, 2014

Delighted to be joining the genial hosts of Rally & Broad for the very last show of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It’s the glorious return of the Ampersand Edition, in which poets and musicians are teamed up to make something new and glittering. There will be whisky, there will be gin, and even better, it is FREE ENTRY. It’s on Monday 25 August, 9pm, Charlotte Square. Do come and join us.

We’re the closing Unbound at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and to celebrate we’re putting on one of our Ampersand Editions! 

We pure love oor Ampersand Editions, we do! Chucking two awesome acts together to create a set is one of our favourite things to do, to the extent that we’re actually doing it ourselves this time too! The collaborations are…

Don Paterson & Rachel Newton!

Ryan Van Winkle & Dan Willson ( Withered Hand)!

Rachel McCrum & A New International!

Jenny Lindsay & Lake Montgomery!

….. and Rally & Broad, of course….

It’s free and drop-in (arrive early to ensure entry!)

It’s also our last event til October…. Come gin with us! 🙂

Ryan Doesn’t Think Twice at Rally and Broad

March 11, 2014

Totally psyched to be on the bill for the upcoming March edition of Rally & Broad: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright. They’ve got a great lineup this month, including A New International, Kirsty Law, Sian Bevan and the Loud Poets. Friday 21st March at the Counting House, Edinburgh, £5, see you there.

We’re back with one of our most eclectic bills o the season! Feast yer eyes on this un, comrades! On words – Ryan Van Winkle and Sian Bevan! On tunes – Kirsty Law and A New International! PLUS! Those talented squirrels from The Loud Poets! 

We’d be delighted for ye all to share our delight at getting such a wonderful bunch of folk to our House. Don’t think twice – get thee there! Cos you’re wonderful too. Blurbs below…

RYAN VAN WINKLE – We are delighted to welcome Ryan Van Winkle back to our House! His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the Crashaw Prize. He is currently working on new theatre / poetry experiments with Dan Gorman and Screen Bandita as well as a second collection of poetry. 

A NEW INTERNATIONAL – Lush, poetic, bittersweet romanticism; an evocative mixture of cinematic strings, circus lights, carnival and cabaret, music hall, gypsy, chanson, a little bit of folk, a little bit of flamenco, yet with pop at its beating heart – welcome to the world of Glasgow’s finest, A New International.

“Many moments of beauty” – The Independent
“Very original, top stuff” – Richard Hawley
“’Sumptuous European balladeering translated into an urban Scottish setting” – The List

KIRSTY LAW – ‘Beautiful and feisty… it’s a joy to hear a young singer and writer in Scots with such earthy and conversational character to her singing and songs… a young musician doing things her own way’ (Karine Polwart)

SIAN BEVAN – Siân is a kind-of-comedian/kind-of-writer/kind-of-performer based in Edinburgh. The person behind Electric Tales, a night of comedy storytelling based at The Stand, she also hosts lots of things which mainly involve swearing. You can be disappointed with how infrequently she writes blogs at: www.sianyb.com. 

And Introducing
THE LOUD POETS – Young, new, exciting performance poetry group, rapidly gaining notice for their slickly delivered rapid-fire verse.

Hosted by award winning poets and promoters:
Jenny Lindsay
(The Big Word/ Is This Poetry?/BBC Slam Winner 2012) &
Rachel McCrum
(Callum Macdonald Award winner 2013/ BBC Slam Finalist 2012/ 2013)

“What you get from attending nights like this is a strong sense that something as simple as the human voice speaking beautiful words sincerely meant can cut through all the snares and distractions of our modern lives.” (Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday)

“You look a little like Grayson Perry, dear…”
(Rachel’s Mum)
“I didn’t bring you up to speak like that. F**king hell, darling…”
(Jenny’s Mum)

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