I’ve recently been involved in organising a weekend of live music and arts events that will give much needed support to foodbanks and other causes. ‘We Shall Overcome’ is a community effort led by musicians and music promoters who want to do something practical to help people being hit hard by homelessness and poverty.
On the weekend of October 2-3-4 around 200 gigs will take place across the UK under one unified banner – We Shall Overcome. We hope this show of solidarity will also highlight the human cost to the politics of austerity. Several thousand musicians will perform as audiences are encouraged to bring food for foodbanks or make donations to homelessness and other projects.
Over the weekend I’ll be playing several of the events, as well as organising the Glossop one.
OCT 02 PRESTWICH British Legion
OCT 03 SHEFFIELD Shakespear 3PM
OCT 03 GLOSSOP Labour Club 7PM
OCT 04 MANCHESTER Radical History Walk 10AM
OCT 04 MANCHESTER Thirsty Scholar 1PM
OCT 04 BAGTHORPE Dixies Arms 6PM
Find out more at weshallovercomeweekend.com
I’m delighted to have a track featured on this fantastic album which will raise money for the Orgreave Justice Campaign. Other artists include Billy Bragg, TV Smith, New Model Army, Jon Langford, Chumbawumba and Paul Heaton. I’m especially delighted that some of my freinds and colleagues also have tracks on there including Chris Evans, Tony Walsh and The Hurriers.
It costs £9.99 from philosophy football (and there’s a special offer if you buy a “still the enemy within” T-Shirt)
In 2015 I’ll be hosting a regular night of live music dedicated to singer/songwriters or bands that have politics, passion and protest in their music. The nights are every two months and will take place in Glossop, Derbyshire. The inspiration is very much taken from Billy Bragg’s Leftfield stage at Glastonbury and the title is a tribute to my friend Chris Evans. I shall play songs at each of the nights and then hand over to a headliner.
Dates are :
January 31 THE HURRIERS
March 28 JOE SOLO
May 30 tbc
July 25 tbc
September 26 tbc
November 28 tbc
Tickets are on sale now and more details are at www.defiancesessions.co.uk
My CD Greedy Magicians has now sold out. There are still a handful of copies to be found in some record shops and on Amazon but there are no major stocks and I have no copies left. Plans are now afoot for the next Quiet Loner album so there are no plans for a reprint. Those of you who have one, with the hand printed letter pressed artwork, have yourselves a rarity!
The album is still very much available as a digital download from bandcamp, itunes, etc
I’m closing 2014 with a special show in my hometown. On Saturday December 20th I shall be marking the 10th anniversary of the release of my debut album by playing ‘Secret Ruler of the World’ in it’s entirety. I shall follow this by playing the whole of my as yet unrecorded next album. So it’s a night of my debut album and my next album. The show will take place at The Oakwood and tickets details will be announced shortly.