Rally & Broad: The Ampersand Edition (4 stars)

Rally & Broad: The Ampersand Edition

Ryan van Winkle, Ruth Mills and Lach take part in the spoken word cabaret's collaboration special

'Tonight is all about collaboration,' says Jenny Lindsay, one half of the evening's hosts Rally & Broad. Their regular cabarets of words, music and lyrical delights creates a string of unique events through the collision of a variety of people.

The Ampersand Edition is a celebration of creation and unpredictability, pairing collaborators and leaving them to their own devices. Ryan Van Winkle's poetry entwines wonderfully with Lake Montgomery's soulful vocals, as ex-Babygod Gerry Campbell and choreographer Ruth Mills create a jarring mixture.

Rally & Broad (aka Lindsay and fellow poet Rachel McCrum) perform together for the first time, alternating between their personal brands of poetry on past relationships. It's when Toby Mottershead (Black Diamond Express) and Lach (Anti-folk) collaborate that art births chaos; from stoner tales to Jim Morrison being Batman, their anarchic brand of music ends the evening with hilarity.

Rally & Broad is a monthly celebration of rich talent in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, and their growth is constant. Later this month they'll host Alan Bissett, Tolu Ogunlesi and Luke Wright as part of a stellar lineup, continuing to be a beacon of brilliance on the live lit scene.

Rally & Broad are at the Counting House, Edinburgh, Fri 23 May.

Rally & Broad

A literary-flavoured cabaret night, boasting spoken word, 'live literature', new music and dancing into the wee small hours. Hosted by Jenny Lindsay and Rachel McCrum.

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