After all the excitement of the last few weeks three chord political punkelele madness, here is a little something to reminding myself and the world that I have subtler days too…
The launch yesterday got closed down pretty quickly by the authorities which is strange as people had been performing in the square with amplification all afternoon… First they banned me from teaching people the dance moves, then they said they would confiscate my ukulele, then they wanted to nab my laptop which I was using to show people the video…
We also did a little performance on Norwegian TV nation news which was fun – http://www.tv2.no/2015/05/04/nyheter/6882840
The ‘Fuck Off Back To Eton’ for #1 launch will take place at 7pm on Monday, Parliament Square c/o Occupy Democracy.
You can hear the track below and buy it via iTunes, Spotify and others from Monday. Proceeds from sales will go to the Radical Housing Network and the Land Workers Alliance after I have given a bit of money to people who have given up their time to make the video and record the song.
Oh golly gosh, I was up in Northumberland to see my Nana for a peaceful break after the ‘Three Acres And A Cow‘ spring tour, when a nasty big blue bus cut me up on my bike… and then I had a little unplanned chance to sing to David Cameron… Quite an unexpected bit of serendipity perhaps?
This interview is a good place to start if you want to know my thoughts – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/david-camerons-ukulele-busker-i-thought-f-off-back-to-eton-was-a-bit-crass-but-it-came-from-the-heart-10177329.html
Due to popular demand I have begun a campaign to get ‘F**k off back to Eton’ to number 1 during the general election – subscribe here to be kept in the loop with updates – http://eepurl.com/bjZrGr
Here is a chord sheet, I’d love to hear your version – use the hashtag #fuckoffbacktoeton on twitter and I’ll find it – download the chord sheet and lyrics to ‘F**k Off Back To Eton
Really looking forward to performing at Fire In The Mountain in May.
It is a wonderful little festival set in a beautiful part of Wales which I have heard so much about. They have bands and musicians coming from the USA, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales including Appalachian fiddle master Bruce Molsky and Scottish and Irish pipers Ross Ainslee and Jarlath Henderson
I will be performing ‘Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story‘ with Rachel Rose Reid as well as a set of my own songs with Chance Kellner on the violin and backing vocals.
Tickets are available from http://www.fireinthemountain.co.uk/
I have a lovely little gaggle of shows lined up performing ‘Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest‘ with Rachel Rose Reid this spring.
I will also be doing sets of my own songs at ‘Fire In The Mountain’ and ‘Tandem’ festivals with Chance Kellner on violin and other musical friends.
20th March – Vineyard Church, Richmond
21st March – Embercombe, Exeter (w/ Lisa Schneidau)
25th March – Dangerous Ideas, Southampton
28th March – People’s History Museum, Manchester – daytime show
6th & 7th April – Ventnor Exchange – Isle of Wight – tickets not online yet
9th May – Forest Row Village Hall, East Sussex – tickets not online yet
30th May – Fire In The Mountain festival – near Aberystwyth, Wales
http://www.twoforjoy.co.uk/fire-in-the-mountain – tickets are nearly sold out so be quick
20th June – Tandem Festival, Oxfordshire – http://tandemfestival.com/
‘Grow Heathrow‘ is an occupied market garden site in Sipson; one of the villages to be completely tarmaced to make way for a third runway at Heathrow. That it is still around after five years is utterly brilliant and testament to the passion, dedication and graft of some of the most wonderful people I know.
I am really looking forward to performing at their fifth birthday party (which goes on for the best part of three days) and will feature some of the most amazing cakes you have ever seen and tasted.
You can find out the full program here – http://www.transitionheathrow.com/2015/01/grow-heathrow-5th-birthday-saturday-28th-february/
PS – Don’t expect the gardens to look quite as lush as in that photo… It was taken in summer and alas February is not the most aesthetically pleasing month in the garden!
Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 7:30pm – tickets £8.00 / £6.00
The Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston
Do come along to this show – it looks like a great night… official blurb below….
A People’s History of Music: a radical, thought-provoking evening on the history of music in pictures words and sound.
As well as playing for Faithless and working with Sinead O’Connor and in his own bands, Dave Randall is the organiser of the highly acclaimed series of The Rest is Noise events, and producer of Freedom for Palestine by One World.
Advance booking a definitely recommended. Tickets can be ordered using the form below. All money raised from the event will go towards supporting the work of Counterfire.
I will be performing as a duo with the brilliant Chance Kellner on violin at this lovely night in Manor House hosted by Zoe Konez.
I shared a stage with Zoe’s band ‘Cat Bear Tree’ a few months back and they were superb – have a listen to their music here https://catbeartree.bandcamp.com/
This will surely be my last show before Christmas and maybe until April if my winter time plan to hibernate at a meditation centre goes to plan. It would be lovely to see you if you can make it down.
Tuesday December 2nd @ 7.30pm – The Finsbury, 336 Green Lanes, London, N4 1BY – http://www.thefinsbury.co.uk