A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

We Shall Overcome (the Tory Trauma)

morning starWe got our first national press on Saturday May 30th with this article in The Morning Star. Thanks to Bob Oram who interviewed Joe Solo.

“We wanted a number of local events up and down the UK, but under a national banner of ‘We Shall Overcome.’ “I suppose it’s easier to look at it as one big festival with a whole bunch of stages in completely different towns, all booked and organised locally, but a part of a whole.”

 But it’s not just about entertainment is it, I ask Joe. “No, we want the events to be free entry, but request provisions collected for local foodbanks as admission. With over a million people receiving three days’ emergency food and support in the last year alone it just made sense to do it that way.”

Joe goes on to explain what happened then. “First up we decided on the weekend of October 2, 3 and 4 and sent it out on social media. The response was instant. “By the end of the first day we had gigs booked in London, Hartlepool, Sheffield and Ulverston with a couple of dozen more towns and cities in the pipeline……  Read the full article here



Author: Matt Hill Songwriter

Storytelling singer-songwriter and community artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana. Formerly known by the stage name Quiet Loner. Recent projects include a songwriting residency in a museum, an album co-written with people at a homeless project and a stint as a resident musician in a prison.

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