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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

Lankum
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…
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…
Accessible, Educational, Radical: The Communist Composer Alan Bush
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 09 October 2017 09:56

Accessible, Educational, Radical: The Communist Composer Alan Bush

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Andy Croft reviews a new book out about the communist composer Alan Bush. The composer Alan Bush (1900-95) is usually described as a man of unresolved contradictions, an Establishment figure who was also a dissident, the outsider who enjoyed the comfortable life of the insider. Bush was Professor of Harmony and…
A Manifesto for a Choir
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:08

Coltrane's revolutionary musical journey

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Greg Godels traces John Coltrane's revolutionary music against its 60s background of class conflict and Black liberation struggles. John Coltrane died fifty years ago this past July. In 1967, his death, like his music, passed largely unnoticed by most people. Today, his name is part of music lore in the…
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