Monday, 19 January 2009
Well That Was The Wobbly concert
After a bit of a logistical nightmare we got this show on to the stage last night and started more or less on time.
Someone called MickStubbles was kind enough to write this about us on Footstompin:
A most uplifting night! It took me back to my younger days when you started to feel that songs and shared experiences could help to change the world. It is sad that (in my case at least) the optimism of youth fades away with the years - but as last night showed the flame can quickly be rekindled.
I have always been interested in the IWW, especially the background to its formation in 1905 and the role of outstanding personalities like Eugene Debs; and it was good to have a representative from the Clydeside branch of IWW at the concert to tell us about current IWW activities. The Catskinners managed to include a whole bundle of great songs of protest, social and political comment, reminders of industrial hardship and mining tragedy, etc. which I had forgotten I knew but found myself singing along with.
Congratulations to Jim McKenna and co. for putting on the show - and for the whole fortnight of the Songwright Festival.
We could have done with more of an audience, but since it was January, freezing rain outside, Glasgow on a Sunday evening, when the public transport's almost non-existent, and whatever was on at Celtic connections last night, we did alright.
Thanks to Jim McKenna and Eric Grant for hosting the show and Jim King for compering.
I'll post some sound files if what we caught on the field recorder was any good.