This Saturday, I’m playing at this here event as part of Salford Music Festival. I’ll be doing a few tunes with Paula but I’ve also been asked to do a solo slot. As it’s a world music day, I thought I’d do two or three old English folk songs but I reckon I should get a couple of my own in there too. Any requests/suggestions?
From David Cole’s wonderful mix The Sway —a “trim 35 minutes of old fashioned rhythm & blues from mid-century New Orleans and Texas”— comes this, perhaps the oldest song I know of featuring the f-word.
This Monday marks 30 years since the Welsh group “Women for Life on Earth” arrived on Greenham Common, Berkshire, England. They marched from Cardiff with the intention of challenging, by debate, the decision to site 96 Cruise nuclear missiles there. On arrival they delivered a letter to the Base Commander which among other things stated ‘We fear for the future of all our children and for the future of the living world which is the basis of all life’.
When their request for a debate was ignored they set up a Peace Camp just outside the fence surrounding RAF Greenham Common Airbase. That camp lasted for nearly 20 years.
My mum went to Greenham a few times and took me and my brother with her once. The thing I really remember is the songs, which obviously weren’t just confined to Greenham. Your Greenham has some amazing footage, including audio for many of the songs along with a songbook you can donwload.
Right then. I’ve decided to grow some balls and start posting some recordings I’ve done on me phone. The first twelve bars of this are loosely based on the Hesitation Blues and the second twelve bars are where I sloppily murder a few Little Walter licks. Be gentle with me…
Yay, about bloody time! When we jammin’ then, Deej?