A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

The Icing On The Cake

Manchester- People's History Museum

Well, we asked him right back at the start; we had Beryl T Peril stalk him all summer; we had Steve White and Robb Johnson accost him at Tolpuddle; and finally we have the thumbs up- Billy Bragg will be playing a WSO event in Manchester on Saturday October 3rd. He’s part of a cracking bill at The People’s History Museum where they are setting up a series of empty shelves and running a reverse Supermarket Sweep in which gig-goers are encouraged to FILL the space with provisions for the local food bank. Needless to say we are over the moon with this and want to thank all involved. It is great to see our logo sharing the same poster as that of our comrades in the People’s Assembly and together we will make Manchester a pretty special place to be that weekend.

That said, it will never be forgotten that although this is the icing on the cake, it is one HELL of a cake and it was baked by the superhuman efforts of hundreds of volunteers up and down the land who TOGETHER have made WSO something to be monumentally proud of.

Louder Than War covered the gig on their website with organiser Sam Duckworth saying:

“The weekend of the 3/4 October is a big weekend for protest in the UK. In We Shall Overcome the UK is witnessing its biggest grassroots, cross-venue, protest festival as hundreds stand in solidarity.”

You can read it here:


The article Robb Johnson wrote for R2 magazine has been really popular too, and you can order a copy from here:


Merchandise should be landing with all events who applied for some by the weekend.

Things are REALLY moving now.


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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