On October 5th I’ll be playing in Barnsley to help raise money for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. The campaign includes ex-miners, Trades Unionists, activists and others who are determined to get justice for miners who were victims of police lies and cover ups at Orgreave in June 1984.
On that day Thatcher’s government deployed the full force of the State against miner’s who were fighting to protect their livlihoods. Some believe MI5 and the army were involved. Heartened by the success of the Hillsborough campaign the miners and their families are campaigning for the truth to come out and justice to be served.
Sat 24 August GLOSSOP The Oakwood
“How to make a protest record” a special presentation for Glossop People’s Festival. Using photos and songs Quiet Loner explains how he came to make his album ‘Greedy Magicians’. Quiet Loner show will run until 8pm. Followed by live music from Morganfield, Steve Roberts and The Falling.
Thu 05 Sept MANCHESTER 2022NQ
Acoustic Amnesty. Totally unplugged performance. Also featuring TG Elias, Chris Flynn, Hawker Reunion, Little Sparrow, Leonie Kate Higgins, James Carson, Seventh House, Kieren King, Louise Fazackerley and Ben Mellor. Fundraiser for Amnesty International.
Sat 07 Sept MANCHESTER The Marble Arch
Marble 125 years. Part of the anniversary celebrations for this legendary boozer.
PRICE :Free admission
INFO : http://www.marblebeers.com/marble-arch/archive/
Sun 08 Sept LONDON Bethnal Green Working Mens Club
Seasons. A special musical tribute to my much loved friend Fiona Struthers. Featuring many of Fiona’s mates and favourite musicians, this event will raise funds for St.Joseph Hospice who cared for Fiona.
DOORS : 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE : £8 advance £10 on the door
TICKETS : http://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/10257/chk/000d
INFO : http://www.workersplaytime.net/
Fri 13 Sept SHEFFIELD The Greystones
Joint headline show with Garron Frith. Support from The Listeners.
PRICE :£5 advance £6 on the door
DOORS : 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
TICKETS : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/221741
INFO : http://wagonwheelmedia.wordpress.com/
Sat 14 Sept GLOSSOP The Oakwood
Joint headline show with Garron Frith.
PRICE :£4 advance £6 on door
DOORS : 8pm for an 8.30pm start.
TICKETS : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/224208
INFO : https://www.facebook.com/groups/theoakwood/
Sun 15 Sept LONDON The Gladstone
A welcome return to the home of Quiet Loner’s Journey to the Netherworld. My first gig in this amazing venue for over 2 years. Joint headline show with Garron Frith. Support from Greg Harrisburg and Anne Catherine Parkes
PRICE :Free Admission
DOORS : 6pm for a 7pm start
INFO : http://www.thegladpub.com/
Sat 21 Sept OTLEY Folk Festival
Weekend festival across several venues in this beautiful Yorkshire town. Appearing on the Reverb stage.
Sat 05 Oct BARNSLEY Lucorem
Fundraiser for Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign with The Hurriers and Thee Faction
PRICE : tbc
DOORS : tbc
TICKETS : tbc
INFO : http://otjc.org.uk/
This week the music community lost a very special person. Chris Evans was a friend of mine. He was a friend of a lot of people. He was a brilliant musician and a great songwriter. I first met him when he was working with Mike Harries, doing the sound for a ton of gigs, focussing on making others sound brilliant. Many great artists – Chris Mills, Jesse Sykes, Richard Buckner – were made greater by Chris’s care and attention behind the sound desk. He was generous like that.
Some musicians are very ego driven and focussed only on their own work. Chris was the opposite, he supported and encouraged others, sometimes letting his own work take a back seat. He was also deeply moved by the music he saw. He cared about music. He knew it was important. We’d worked together a few years ago and were planning to do so again. The photo is from a recording session we did in 2005 with Mike in Sale. Chris is reading Nietzsche.
Chris was passionate and principalled. His album ‘Search for the big nineteen’ by Chris Evans Collective is very aptly described as “an impassioned and political work of 80s inspired new wave and indie rock.” You can hear it here or buy it here. These are songs that expose the banality of small town life and the traps that poverty can bring. The poverty of low expectations. It’s a great record. He was a great man. I’ll miss him.
Almost one year on from the recording of Greedy Magicians I’m delighted to be putting on a special show at Manchester’s People’s History Museum. ‘The making of a Protest Album (in 5 easy steps)’ will tell the story of how I made my protest album – how it was recorded over a single evening in a Salford church, what events inspired the songs and how the artwork was created using 19th century machines. And of course I’ll be playing many of the songs from the record. There will be special guest including Tony Walsh (Longfella poet).
I’m thrilled to be playing at the People’s History Museum. I think it’s amongst the finest museums we have and absolutely essential to have a place that teaches our history and safeguards the real story of the people’s struggle against the vested interests that hold back progress. The event if part of an ‘Art of Protest’ season at the museum and is also part of the brilliant Museums at Night initiative. Immediately after my show will be an art of Protest evening featuring other performers including Sam Duckworth from Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly.
Quiet Loner’s “The making of a protest album in five easy steps”
Saturday May 18
FREE ADMISSION (Limited spaces, booking is advised)
3-5pm The show will start at 3pm so please arrive in time.
The People’s History Museum
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
To book a place contact 0161 838 9190 or email@example.com
On the day they bury Margaret Thatcher, I’m giving away my song ‘Discontented Winter’ as a free download. For the next week, you can download the song which is a reflection on the devastation that Thatcherism brought to many communities, whilst spreading her doctrine of self-interest. I am angry that she is being given a State Funeral. Her policies and ideas continue to dominate life today and so whilst she is dead now, Thatcherism lives on and I see no reason to respect or celebrate that.