News and Web Changes
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additions to our web site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's
changed, take a look here first.
Full details of the programme and workshops will be published in late
September 2001. A booking form will be available by post or from
this web site by the end of September.
The latest list of performers
Faith Petric (USA) Rebel Voices (USA) Dick
Gaughan (Scotland) Attila the Stockbroker (England)
Frankie Armstrong (Wales) Leon Rosselson (England) Robb
Johnson (England) Julie McNamarra (England)
Come and join
Press release, August 2001
For over twenty years, the members of Rebel Voices* have created
incredible harmony. They took their name from a book containing a collection of
writings, songs, poems, and cartoons by the Industrial Workers of the World. The
"Wobblies" were rabble rousers, unionists and singers who attacked the
issues of their time with passion and humour. Now Rebel Voices from the U.S.
will be appearing in Sheffield at the Festival of Political Song with one of the
older members of the movement from which they took their name. Eighty-five
year-old Faith Petric is a staunch and apparently everlasting pillar of folk
music and has been a "Wobblie" for most of her life.
The music of Rebel Voices, like that of Faith Petric, presents the struggles and
triumphs of real people - workers from many lands and many times. Included too,
are the voices of today's rebels: union activists, gays and lesbians,
environmental activists, refugees and others so often left voiceless.
They will be joined by Coope, Boyes and Simpson. This group's unaccompanied
harmony singing has brought them international recognition. They will be
performing "The Christmas Truce Peace Concert" together with a
specially created community choir drawn from singers across Yorkshire and
Lancashire by Janet Russell. Their performance is inspired by the carols of
peace that were sung across No-Man's Land, taking forward a spirit of
reconciliation that eventually resulted in a meeting where enemies came to
recognise their shared humanity.
Rooted in the long tradition of political song, these are only a few of the
performances scheduled as part of the Raise Your Banners Festival of Political
Song, November 16th, 17th and 18th at Sheffield Hallam University.
Other performances include Leon Rosselson and Robb Johnson: "A highly
subversive pairing of two of the left's most eloquent songwriters" (Daily
Telegraph) and unreconstructed social surrealist performance, poetry and trash
mandola-fuelled songs from Attila the Stockbroker. There will also be a wide
range of workshops for both adults and children.
*Participation of Rebel Voices has been made possible in part through support
from The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, a
public-private partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S.
Department of State, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Rockefeller Foundation,
with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and
administered by Arts International.