Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday on Saturday 28th February

Grow-Heathrow-1024x827Grow 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 –

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!


canary wharf g8 protest

I was sent this lovely photo from the gig I did at Canary Wharf during the G8 protest there last Friday 14th June.

It is the first time I have had the privilege of speaking and singing at a protest and it was an amazing experience. I taught a few songs about equality and challenging unjust laws including Sydney Carter’s song ‘John Ball’ and ‘The Manchester Rambler’ by Ewan MacColl.

Community work I do in Hackney involves me working with the police so it felt sad and strange to be surrounded by them trying to look as intimidating as they possibly can.

Many of the rights that we take for granted now such as the right to vote, the right to roam, the NHS and many others were won by people taking to the streets and I would encourage you to attend a rally or protest if you can, so many brilliant and inspiring minds attend them, not at all the masked hoards of hooded vandals and wrong-doers that the media and government want you to believe. It is important that we find our voices before we lose much of what our forefathers won for us.

I was on after UK Uncut, a grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government’s spending cuts and just before Pete The Temp, a musician and poet who really knows how to get a crowd going. Both of them are brilliant and deserve your attention.