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One opinionated Fitter and Turner and trade unionist turned bard. I've been a singer song writer for 20 years, but are now taking it more seriously. Inspiration to pick up a twanger and arm myself for the good fight has come from the most unlikely of sources. I saw a doco on Nazi hate music last year. The fascist, British Nationalist Party, has discovered the power of music and has been putting together a CD to give away outside schools. Nazi bastard and leader of that outfit, Nick Griffon said, (and I paraphrase,) People will only listen to a speech once, but they will listen to a song over and over again. If I had of heard this from a left wing folkie, I would of just nodded and thought, how true. But because it came from that bastard it was like a gauntlet smacking me in the face. I'm not really interested in "making it" in the industry. My interest is powerful song writing with strong imagery that can provoke an emotional reaction. Socialist politics is at the core of what I do. That doesn't have to be soap boxing over a chord progression. Singing about the little details of working class life sits Just as well with me as the big themes. I’m available for benefit gigs, picket lines, rallies etc.
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