Had a FANTASTIC day up at Durham Miners Gala on Saturday July 9th. Great to see The Hatfield Brigade out in force, and I was a proud man indeed to help carry the banner the last couple of hundred yards with Harry Harle. Great speeches too from Jeremy Corbyn and Dennis Skinner especially, putting fire in our hearts and a skip in our step as we prepare for the battles ahead. I ended the day playing a cracking gig as part of Club Resistance’s Punky Reggae Party, an amazing crowd and the perfect end to a belter of a day.
Next stop is Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival this coming Saturday (16th) where I’ll be opening up the Martyrs Marquee at teatime. It’s a cracking bill topped off by Tom Robinson, and I’ll be hauling over to the acoustic tent to sing a couple later on- including ‘We Will Be Free’, the song I wrote on my way home from the festival in 2014 about the Tolpuddle Martyrs and how history should inspire us in the present. Never played live before due to multiple backing vocals, but I’ve enlisted the help of Steve White and the Protest Family so it should be a suitably raucous way to sign off for the day.
Feel very proud and privileged to play a part in two amazing and legendary events, and a couple of days in the company of the finest of comrades is just what I need to help recharge the batteries after the last few weeks.
See you out there x