So from today ALL Joe Solo gigs will be WE SHALL OVERCOME gigs.
Anywhere and everywhere I play I will gratefully accept donations of food, warm clothing for #SocksAppeal, sanitary towels for #EndPeriodPoverty solidarity campaign, and anything else you think might help.
These will be divided up among a growing network of grassroots organisations desperate for help on the front line, and this year I am looking to extend that network.
Every £10 Joe Solo CD will be sold on the cast iron promise that £5 of your money will be going straight to Pauline Town to help fund her fight against poverty and homelessness from her base at The Station Hotel, Ashton-under-Lyne. The price increase last year to accommodate this has been a massive success in terms of being able to keep those food parcels going and help people off the streets, and I want to thank everyone who bought my music for directly helping and saving lives. It matters.
I will continue to support grassroots networks up and down the UK in fighting austerity and it’s devastating effects on our communities; in combating racism and fascism; in standing in the way of homophobia and transphobia; and in trying to build a future for ALL. And it starts from today.
I am one bloke with one guitar.
In the grand scheme of things I mean absolutely nothing.
But I am not alone.
There are more every passing year.
In 2019 We Shall Overcome will pass a THOUSAND events with a combined total of half a million quid of food, cash, clothing, bedding, furniture, electrical goods, footwear, tents and sleeping bags raised for those at the sharp end; and none of that was possible until the first person rocked up with a tin of beans.
So don’t sit there asking who is going to come along and change this land for the better.
The answer is, it’s YOU.