I’ve had a fabulous few days working on a song about Emily Davison and the role of property destruction in the fight for women’s suffrage. Continue reading “Sashes and Sabotage – a new song for Emily Davison and the Woman’s suffrage movement”
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.
On 5th April at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow, I am putting on a show called ‘I’ll Be Good To The Land; A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story’ as part of the Community Food Growers Network spring events series.
I will be joined on the evening by many friends and a special guest called Hugh Lupton as we unpick the people’s history of this fair isle.
Hugh is one of the most brilliant and widely respected story tellers in the country. You can catch a sneaky peak of him below on youtube.