Cardiff’s first Folk Against Fascism night!!
The full line up is:
Evan Greer (From the USA)
Cosmo (from the People’s Republic of Canton)
Clayton Blizzard (All new set featuring beats!)
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!
Orite everyone? We’re pleased to welcome you Cardiff’s branch of Folk Against Fascism. We’re a small group of folk who are looking to make it a BIG group of folk against fascism . As you may already be aware, FAF started as an answer to the BNP’s “obvious campaign to co-opt folk music and culture for their ideal of “Englishness”” Since then, several branches have started up all over the UK, all looking to reverse any notion that folk music and culture is somehow only ever by and for the English.
In Cardiff, we’re approaching things differently to what’s been happening over the border. Even before it became the capital of Wales, Cardiff, as a port city, has always been a meeting point for different cultures. As well as Welsh and English speakers, there are countless other migrant communities rubbing shoulders together here. For example, there has been a Somali community here for the past 200 years, one of the oldest black communities in the UK.
We’re looking forward to bringing everyone together in the same space, and celebrate the vast range of musical talent that lurks out there but never seems to be seen outside of the communities they are from. In doing this, we’re hoping to help break down some of the suspicion that sometimes can be felt when people don’t get to hang out in the same space and realise they have a lot more in common than they may have thought.
We believe that culture is a gift that is to be shared with other cultures. We believe that people – no matter how far away from one another in terms of geography, their religious beliefs, their cultural upbringing, etc – are far more similar than the BNP would have us believe.
As well as looking at issues to do with race, ethnicity and culture, we’re also looking at those to do with gender, sexuality and (dis)ability.Who knows to what extent we will focus on any of these latter issues – the point, really, is to bring people together to enjoy music, to enjoy togetherness.
As a result, the music policy on these nights is a lot more open ended than you might think. Welsh harps will be mixing with acoustic punk and Kurdish dancing….
As will always be the case, you are welcome to join in! Tell us your ideas, who you want to see live, if there are any local/national campaigns that would be a suitable focus for an event. We want Cardiff’s Folk Against Fascism to be something that you make as well as take. It is yours too.
To the future and to all its potential…