First one!

Cardiff’s first Folk Against Fascism night!!

The full line up is:

Evan Greer (From the USA)
“Evan Greer continues to write inspiring folk music in the tradition of the great protest singers. ‘Never Surrender’ contains an urgency and earnestness that is uniquely his…and (s)he’s a heck of a guitar player. I suspect that songs like ‘Ya Basta!’ and ‘Picketline Song’ will be heard at the barricades for years to come.”
–Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine

Cosmo (from the People’s Republic of Canton)
“The natural link between Woody Guthrie and rapper Jay-Z, Cosmo is a folksinger of our times with a veritable hive of bees in his bonnet.”
–Edinburgh Fringe review

Clayton Blizzard (All new set featuring beats!)
“It may bring a blush to his cheeky face when we say this, but Clayton Blizzard is a GENIUS. Wielding a way with words like a Folk-Rap Poet Laureate for a government we’ll never have….funny, sad, angry and back to funny all in the same spin cycle.” (Bees Are Strong)

Emma Musty.
Serious folky=jazz tunage from new lady on the scene. Watch out for some recordings soon!

Adam “Taffy” Hall – former axeman and vocalist with Need To No


This is going to be the first gig in what may turn out to be a semi-regular series of events called Folk Against Fascism, the first of its kind in Wales.

FOLK MUSIC??!! You must be joking, right? “Folk music is only the umbrella term/For the rhythm in everyday living,” to quote Clayton Blizzard, a hip-hop wordsmith, who’s also playing this show. As far as I see it, especially now with the changes in technology, any music can be shared around, without people on high, snobs or corporations or whatever, defining it for us.

So don’t fret, this isn’t strictly aran sweater land!

Next up, we have fascism. Well, we only need to look around and see the likes of the British National Party and the Welsh Defence League street army to notice this is a clear and present danger. When BNP Fuhrer Nick Griffin says he likes Eliza Carthy and directs his followers to infiltrate the UK folk scene, then we need to be doubly careful.

This is a try out kind of an evening. It’s not a benefit gig, but it is an attempt to open up a place where people, no matter how they express their opposition to far right politics, can come together and share the same space.

Most of all it’s about music in ALL its shape and forms, and it’s capacity to bring together people from different cultures and backgrounds and break down barriers. We’re starting off with white-boy-and-gal folk/punk/hip-hop. But think of it as a opening salvo in this culture war, and here’s hoping we can evolve it further.

Please come along and enjoy!

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