This month Liverpool Acoustic is joining forces with Sefton Park Palm House, News From Nowhere, and Radical Liverpool to present Celebrating Subversion: The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow.
The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow is a collective of singers and songwriters Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kalani, Sandra Kerr, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland, plus one (there is only one!) socialist magician, Ian Saville. Each show features a selection of participants from among this collective.
According to chief mischief-maker Leon Rosselson, the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow was created “to raise spirits and give hope and cheer and a smile or two to those angry at the ideologically driven austerity programme imposed by this millionaire government on all but the elite, and in particular on the poor, the vulnerable and the disabled. We are part of the resistance to a capitalism that functions only on behalf of the wealthy, that aims to shrink the public sphere and privatise public services, including the NHS, and that is destructive to the planet. We are part of another way of looking at the world.”
The Roadshow has been enjoying sold out concerts across the country, and is coming to Liverpool for it’s only North West show.
It’s taking place on Saturday 10th November 2012 at Sefton Park Palm House and features
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Born in 1935, Peggy’s family connections are well-known in folk and classical music circles. She is Pete Seeger’s half-sister, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s daughter; partner to Ewan MacColl, who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her and to whom she bore three children. Her best-known compositions are Gonna Be An Engineer and The Ballad of Springhill (the latter rapidly becoming regarded as a traditional song).
The MacColl-Seeger work was prodigious in its scope. From 1959 onward, they encouraged and set standards for the burgeoning UK folk revival; they trolled the USA & UK field recordings and anthologies for little-known traditional songs; they trained other singers and involved them in political-musical documentary theatre; they instigated the revolutionary Radio Ballad form. Their work was halted by Ewan’s death in 1989.
Peggy has made 22 solo recordings and taken part in more than 100 more with other performers. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, she is considered to be one of North America’s finest female folksingers.
“I’m so looking forward to bringing our Celebrating Subversion: The Anti Capitalist Roadshow to Liverpool. All the concerts I’ve been part of so far this year have been a real lift for our spirits – and we all need it. What a privilege to turn our frustrations, anger and aspirations into songs that can be stirring, satirical, hilarious, moving and beautiful is a great way to ‘not let the bastards get us down’. To share them with you in Liverpool is an exciting prospect.”
He has played pubs, clubs, pavements, pickets & benefits, arts centres & festivals, local, national and international radio and TV, and in February 2006 appeared at the Barbican as part of the prestigious BBC “Folk Britannia” series, where “for the encore, Robb Johnson leads all the artists (and the audience) in the World War I song (‘Hanging On The Old Barbed Wire’)” (BBC Folk Britannia website) in a concert that was screened on BBC4.
Robb also plays extensively in Belgium, Holland & Germany, & he has toured Britain supporting Chumbawamba, & the US with David Rovics & again with Leon Rosselson
His albums regularly receive widespread critical enthusiasm – The Guardian: “no-nonsense, bittersweet, finely observed”, fROOTS: “brilliantly rousing… intelligent & catchy sing-a-longs with attitude”, while FATEA has made 2 of Robb’s songs – The Prince & Private Gentle, and When Tottenham Burned their tracks of the year.
In 2011 he released a solo acoustic album Some Recent Protest Songs (IRR080) and a full electric band album Once Upon a Time (IRR082). This year Robb and his band The Irregulars appeared on the main stage of the Tolpuddle Festival, where Robb has also compered for the last 3 years, showcasing material from Happily Ever After (IRR083), their latest album.
“Personally I am really looking forward to being part of the Anti-Capitalist Roadshow gig in Liverpool, cos Liverpool has a proud radical history of political and cultural anti-capitalism, and I’ve always had really lovely gigs in Liverpool and made lots of good friends when i’ve played there.”
Grace Petrie comes from Leicester in the East Midlands. She writes indie folk rock songs (a couple with an acoustic punk twist), plays the guitar and sings with a voice that has been likened by listeners to Laura Marling and Kate Nash. From the humble beginnings of small gigs in her hometown in 2006 and a home-recorded debut album, Grace quickly acquired a reputation as one of the best artists on the flourishing Leicester music scene, and a following of dedicated listeners. In 2007 she supported Frank Turner and Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and released a second CD, Feel Better, to critical acclaim. From there onwards she began to break onto the festival scene, playing Leicester’s acclaimed folk weekender, The Big Session Festival, and the more commercial Summer Sundae, as well as the main stage at Nottingham Gay Pride 2009, where she played to over 10,000 people.
In 2010 Grace’s music began to take a new, political direction. The heartbreaking results of the UK general election inspired in her such rage and despair that she picked up a guitar and wrote what has become one of the most celebrated anti-establishment anthems of recent times, Farewell to Welfare. When folk legend (and Grace’s personal hero) Billy Bragg heard her music and invited her to play at Glastonbury on the Leftfield stage, she went down a storm and, in Bragg’s own words, “stole the f@!#ing show, sister!”
In 2011, Grace Petrie exploded onto the national music scene. Alongside UK tours with Emmy the Great and Josie Long, she embarked on a string of festival appearances including End of the Road, Greenbelt and, of course, a triumphant return to Glastonbury. National airplay on BBC 6music from Josie Long, Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq as well as interviews in The Guardian and Diva magazine have cemented Grace’s name in the public consciousness, and the release in December of Mark My Words, the politically charged follow-up to Tell Me A Story, was met with such excitement that the CD sold out within 48hours. With festival appearances already confirmed for the summer, 2012 looks set to be a big year for Grace Petrie.
Whereas David Copperfield is content with little tricks like making the Statue of Liberty disappear, Ian Saville aims at the much more ambitious goal of making International Capitalism and exploitation disappear. True, he hasn’t quite succeeded, but he keeps on trying. This is a funny, magical, thought-provoking and topical celebration of Socialism.
Ian first developed his socialist magic act in 1979, and over the years has used magic and ventriloquism to present a socialist view of the world. He’s presented shows with Leon Rosselson, and has appeared numerous times on national TV. He doesn’t belong to any political party, although he is active in the peace movement, Friends of the Earth, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Asylum Seekers Support, and many other left and progressive campaigns. As well as performing magic he also teacher part time on the Theatre Arts courses at Middlesex University.
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.
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