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An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.

Nina Simone

Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian
Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:44

A wave of creativity: music and the Russian Revolution

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Sabby Sagall describes the wave of creativity unleashed by the Russian Revolution, altering the course of twentieth century classical music. The carnage and brutality of World War One had punctured the balloon of late nineteeth-century optimism and established that the industrial and scientific progress of capitalism had not led to…
JD Meatyard
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:15

JD Meatyard

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Chris Guiton interviews jd meatyard, who describes himself as a left field artist much favoured in his Levellers 5 and Calvin Party days by the late great John Peel, with albums such as ‘Lies Lies & Government’ and songs such as ‘Tell Me About Poverty’. June 2017 saw the release of…
The Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 10 November 2017 11:27

The Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award

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The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Culture Matters are pleased to announce a new Songwriting and Spoken Word Award. The Award is now open for submissions. The purpose of the new Award is to encourage songwriters and spoken word performers to write material meaningful to working class people and communities, and…
Lankum
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 29 October 2017 21:57

Lankum

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Mike Quille interviews Ian Lynch from the four-piece traditional Irish folk group Lankum, formerly known as Lynched, who are currently on tour. Mike: I appreciate you must get asked this all the time, but can you tell us why you changed name, from Lynched to Lankum? Ian: The bottom line…
Crafting the Song for the Politics
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 28 October 2017 15:27

Crafting the Song for the Politics

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Pam Bishop introduces Ray Hearne's Political Songwriting workshop. Protest songs can be a powerful way of bringing people together and raising their morale in struggle, as can be seen by early CND songs and those from the anti-apartheid movement. There are several regular places where protest and political songs are shared and sung,…
Singing for Peace and Socialism: Birmingham's Clarion Singers
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:03

Singing for Peace and Socialism: Birmingham's Clarion Singers

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Graham Stevenson reports on the recent concert. Birmingham's Clarion Singers, 77 years young this year, recently celebrated with an Autumn Concert with a full programme of songs at All Saints Centre, in Kings Heath, Birmingham. The 25-strong amateur choir – women dressed in red, men in black – led with…
A Manifesto for a Choir
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:52

A Manifesto for a Choir

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Boff Whalley from the Commoners Choir was interviewed recently in the Morning Star. Here, he describes the background to the choir's manifesto. ‘Surrealism asserts our complete nonconformism clearly enough so that there can be no question of translating it, at the trial of the real world, as evidence for the…
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