A Raised Fist & A Helping Hand



“I can’t be bothered. What’s the point? Nothing ever changes.”

How many times have we heard that?

Not any more.

From the GO5 Committee- Joe Solo, Ste Goodall, Jamie Bramwell, Matt Hill and Tony Wright- we want to wish EVERYONE a very happy new year, and once more to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who made We Shall Overcome happen. So to all the bands, venues, promoters and soundmen (and women); to all those who organised, leafleted, shared and tweeted; to all who bought t-shirts and sported badges; to all who turned out to the gigs and made them such a success; and to all those who walked in off the street to make donations because although they couldn’t stay, knew what we were doing was important. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING AND WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!

So the curtains are drawn on 2015 and it all seems such a long time ago, but in reality amazing things have been going on up and down the country. Some have flown the WSO banner, some have not, but the spirit of what was achieved in October has lived on in many a heart, and I know from conversations I’ve had in a whole host of different towns, that there is already much plotting and scheming going on in WSO heartlands. Iit is great to hear the new events you are concocting; great to hear people who didn’t have the confidence to try something last time around enthused and inspired by what others have done and ready for the challenge of #WSOW16.

Make no mistake. We WILL be back. Bigger and bolder and better.

And we hope you will be too.

Remember, TOGETHER we put on 250 gigs in 123 towns across 8 countries on 3 continents and raised an estimated £125,000 in food, cash, clothing and bedding. We are proof of what can be achieved when you CAN be bothered.

Happy New Year x


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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