A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand

You Can Sense it in the Air


Officially our weekend kicks off a week tonight, but such has been the response to WSO that we actually start tomorrow at the Blenheim Hotel in Spittal so if you live up in the Scottish Borders you could do worse than dropping in and lending your support. In fact, by the time we officially kick off there will already have been 11 WSO events in not only Spittal but Ashton-under-Lyne, Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester, Newport and Widnes. INCREDIBLE.

Eessex 2

Tomorrow the Morning Star will be running another piece about us and it seems like the perfect time to thank Bob Oram and all involved with the paper for their support, they have been with us from day one and it has given us strength and courage to know they were fighting out corner. Thanks comrades.

WSO Beer

On a lighter note the amazing Pauline Town posted right back in May about the possibility of a dedicated WSO beer for the weekend and a few of our venues have taken up the offer. Cask Corner in Doncaster being one of them. For every pint sold, 50p will go to help feed the homeless. I know the lads and lasses of South Yorkshire don’t need much persuading to have a jolly, but this seems like the perfect excuse to ‘make a night of it’.

Our gig total now stands at 244 thanks to the arrival of a WSO affiliated event in Cork. Amazing. I’m tempted to say that with less than a week to go Cork will be the last to confirm, but then you never know….

Time is upon us to absolutely hammer our various social media sites with events, gig posters, songs and all-round enthusiasm. Let’s make sure our venues are full and we make the maximum possible effort to help those hardest hit by austerity before the winter adds yet more woe and families have to start choosing between eating and heating. We can all help here. Click share. Retweet. Hammer it.

Thanks guys.


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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