The Working Class Life & Music Festival in Liverpool begins next weekend. The new band I'm in, Black Lamp, will be doing a short spot at the Liverpool Socialist Singers' concert in St Brides Church, Percy Street/Catherine Street, Liverpool 8, on Wednesday 27th April.
The festival has been organised by radical Liverpool singer-songwriter, Alun Parry ~ click here for the full festival programme. Here are just some of the events taking place:
Fri 22nd – folk legend Leon Rosselson with support from Rich Mans Ruin, National Museums 800 Lives Exhibition at Radio Merseyside, Another Day In Liverpool photo exhibition
Sat 23rd – Almanac’s Radical City night at The Everyman Theatre, award winning actor Tayo Aluko’s new show From Africa To The White House, Ken Loach’s Navigators at The Casa featuring two of the actors in a Q&A, Kaya’s Under The Influence, The Suitcase Ensemble’s Railway Cabaret, Liverpool Music Barcamp for DIY musicians, The Leaving Of Liverpool at The Maritime Museum, AFC Liverpool v Eccleshall football match, Liverpool Socialist Singers flashmob workshop, and Metal’s Edge Hill Archive Exhibition.
Sun 24th – A Night of Musical Comedy featuring award winning duo Jollyboat, Rathole Roadshow at The Zanzibar, Saturday Night Sunday Morning special screening at Crosby Plaza cinema, biographer Dave Harker on writer Robert Tressell, political historian Ron Noon on the 1911 Transport Strike
Mon 25th – Great Stories’ charming social documentary My Fifties Liverpool at FACT, Radical Rogues and Reformers Irish Heritage Walking Tour, Liverpool Socialist Singers workshop and fete, Philosophy in Pubs at The Crown host the first in a range of specially themed discussions, Mouth of the Mersey’s Storytelling Club tell some working class tales at Studio 2.
Tue 26th – Acoustic Night at the Unity, The Radical Route Walking Tour of Liverpool’s history as a city of protest, more musings from the Philosophy in Pubs gang at Keith’s Wine Bar and The Victoria Hotel
Wed 27th – Radio 4 poet Luke Wright at The Unity, Liverpool Socialist Singers in concert with Vinny T Spen, Claire Mooney and Black Lamp, MESH Culture’s Cool Kids at Tabac, Traditional Irish Ceilidh at St Michael’s Irish Centre
Thu 28th – folk legend Roy Bailey at the Woody Guthrie Folk Club supported by local folk songwriter Alun Parry, more from Philosophy in Pubs at the Half Way House and The Vernon Arms.
Fri 29th – Michael Weston King at Liverpool Philharmonic, a community forum on art, culture and class at The Tate, a lecture on Robert Tressell by Stuart Borthwick, a traditional Irish music session at St. Michael’s Irish Centre
Sat 30th – Scottish folk star Dick Gaughan at the Liverpool Philharmonic, Rub A Dub Dub reggae night featuring We The Undersigned, News From Nowhere’s 37th Birthday Party.