A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

Quiet Loner – WSO Interviews #1

“None of this is new. When I see the big sweep of history I feel inspired. We shall overcome”

(Editors note : As the person who transcribes and puts up these interviews, I thought I’d start with an easy one. So I interviewed myself)

Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner
Performer and Organiser
What event are you involved in?

I’m organising an event at Glossop Labour Club on October 3rd. But I’m also going to playing on the Friday night in Prestwich, on Saturday in Sheffield and Glossop and then Sunday in Manchester and maybe one other. I want to play at least 5 events!

Tell us something interesting about yourself

I play music and write songs as Quiet Loner. I make records in what is loosely called an “americana” or “roots” style. I try to write songs that are honest and real. As I dug into my own background and family history as inspiration I found my songs became a bit more political. A couple of years ago I played on the Leftfield at Glastonbury in a songwriters circle with Billy Bragg, Amanda Palmer and Sean McGowan. The whole vibe at Leftfield inspired me and so I started an evening of loosely political music called The Defiance Sessions.

What made you want to get involved?

I wanted to do something positive after the depressing election result. I like to be around people who inspire me, that was part of the reason for Defiance Sessions. The first two acts I booked for Defiance were The Hurriers and Joe Solo. So when I saw Joe and Tony (from The Hurriers) talking about this I was straight in to offer my help. As well as music I have a background in campaigning and communications so I wanted to share what I’d learned.

What inspires you or makes you hopeful?

History. None of this is new. Things have been bleak in the past, worse in fact but we made gains. My favourite museum is The People’s History Museum in Manchester. It’s an amazing resource. When you walk round there you see how our movement – the people’s movement – made things happen. We have won rights that our ancestors could not have dreamed of. But now we have to fight again because those rights are being lost at an alarming rate. But when I see the big sweep of history, of the struggle of the 99.9% against those who want to enslave us, I feel inspired. We shall overcome!

What are you most looking forward to about October 2-4?

The chance to play my songs. I love playing music and I’m just excited to be part of something historic. Right now though I’m most looking forward to having a rest on October 5th.



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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