FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2017
We Shall Overcome presents folk singer, punk rocker, washing machine engineer, and rabble-rousing Socialist big mouth….
JOE SOLO is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.
On top of releasing fifteen albums since 2004, Solo has written books and had them written about him; runs a research project on the Hull Pals Battalions in the First World War; has worked with underprivileged children to help them write their lives in song; hosts a weekly radio show; and still found time to open for the likes of Chris Wood, David Rovics, Attila the Stockbroker, Otis Gibbs, Robb Johnson, Edgar Broughton, TV Smith, Paul Simmonds, Emily Portman, Pete Wylie, The Blockheads and Billy Bragg; whilst his songs have been played by John Peel on Radio One, Mike Harding on Radio Two and Tom Robinson on BBC6Music.
In May 2015 Joe helped create WE SHALL OVERCOME, a campaign pushing for a positive response from the music community to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government’s austerity program. Since October 2015 the movement has put on 550 gigs in 135 towns and cities across 8 countries on 3 continents raising an estimated £225,000 in cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit. WSO scooped the People’s Choice gong at the annual Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards on 16th October 2015, and on the back of his efforts The Morning Star named Solo ‘Human Being of the Year’.
2016 saw Joe and The Hurriers front-man Tony Wright collaborate on ‘May Day Festival of Solidarity‘.The event, which brought together voices from music, poetry and politics to celebrate International Worker’s Day, took place in Barnsley on May 1st and a packed house saw stunning performances from artists as varied as Grace Petrie, Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Attila the Stockbroker, Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim and The Wakes. 2017’s event is in planning.
In October 2016 he was awarded the ‘Outstanding Songwriting’ prize at Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Music Awards for his work on the album ‘Never Be Defeated’ telling the stories of the men and women of Hatfield during the 1984-85 Miner’s Strike.
Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you forget in a hurry.
“Fire, integrity, commitment….writes some of the hardest hitting and most pertinent songs ever.” -Mike Harding.
“….constantly sets a new bar for passion in performance.” – The Morning Star.
“The perfect protest singer.” – R2 Magazine.
“I was struck by the passion of his delivery combined with his sense of fun – a true entertainer in the very best sense of the word.”- FATEA.
“I heard this noise coming off the stage, I went WOW, whoever that is I’ve got to go and check him out and there was just this one man on the stage blowing up a storm with an acoustic guitar!” –Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music.
“Make no mistake, this is a man who is passionate about peace and social justice; he just also happens to have an excellent sense of humour and an engaging stage presence.” – Fred Rolland, Buxton Festival Fringe
Darren Poyzer is a rare songwriting talent who manages to be as entertaining as he is inspirational. A singer and songwriter of many a poetic anthem and cutting edge love song, he has appeared at prestigeous theatres and festivals across the UK, both in his own right and opening up the show for artistes as diverse as Wishbone Ash, John Cooper Clarke, The Men The Couldn’t Hang, Glenn Tilbrook, Eddi Reader and Toots And The Maytals.
Special guest; The enigma that is MR JONES Fantastic Acoustic
Sound by Darren Bishop
In aid of The Welcome Centre, Huddersfield who provide a range of supportive services including a food bank, bedding, clothing and advice to individuals and families in the area suffering with poverty and in financial crisis. Every single penny counts and is put to great use, to assist people in getting back on their feet.
We will be accepting donations at the event of food, bedding, clothing and essentials on behalf of The Welcome Centre. Please bring what you can, all donations go straight to those in need. The Welcome Centre
Admission is on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis but we would expect a minimum donation of £5