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When pop music meets politics, the results can be thrilling, sometimes life-changing.

We're celebrating with a concert based on Dorian Lynskey's book of the same name ("a glorious, hilarious history of the protest song"). 

Hosted by Kerry Shale with Boo Hewerdine as musical director, featuring a fantastic line-up of guest artists including Chris Difford, David Ford, Boo Hewerdine, David McAlmont, Kathryn Williams and Ayanna Witter-Johnson. The soundtrack of social change will range from Billie Holiday to Billy Bragg, Stevie Wonder to Steve Earle and Bob Marley to Bob Dylan.

In partnership with Green Note.

Chris Difford is a singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. A founding member and songwriter of Squeeze. Difford has written lyrics for over 40 years, most notably in partnership with Glenn Tilbrook. Difford has written songs for Jools Holland, Helen Shapiro, Billy Bremner and Elvis Costello. He has also written lyrics for music by Jools Holland, Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow and others. With Tilbrook and John Turner, he created a musical, Labelled with Love, featuring Squeeze songs. Difford also managed Bryan Ferry and The Strypes. In 2010, Difford curated Songs in the Key of London, at the Barbican Centre, London. In 2017 Chris published his autobiography 'Some Fantastic Place: My Life In and Out of Squeeze'

David Ford is a singer-songwriter & guitarist. He first achieved prominence with the indie rock group Easyworld. As a solo artist, he has released four albums to date, two of which were named "Album of The Year" in The Sunday Times and Word Magazine. David has toured internationally opening for such artists as KT Tunstall, Gomez, Elvis Costello, Ingrid Michaelson and Ray LaMontagne and he has played the UK Latitude Festival, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Ford has also performed on Last Call With Carson Daly and Sun Studio Sessions. The Guardian called him “unmissable... one of Britain's best."

Boo Hewerdine is a singer-songwriter and record producer. His work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He has also produced records by several artists, including a long association with Eddi Reader. He has been described as "one of Britain's most consistently accomplished songwriters".

David McAlmont is possibly one of the greatest singers this country has ever produced, having collaborated with everyone from Bond composer David Arnold to Michael Nyman, Paul Weller and most famously with Bernard Butler producing the classic hit single Yes. McAlmont's music is pure emotion, drawing unique, soulful portraits from his own life and philosophies all beautifully framed by the finest soul.

Kathryn Williams is a singer-songwriter who to date has released 14 studio albums, written and arranged for a multitude of artists, and was nominated for the 2000 Mercury Music Prize. In 2013, Williams was commissioned by New Writing North to produce songs in celebration of 50th anniversary of the publication of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, teaming up with Ed Harcourt as producer, she released Hypoxia in 2015. She was selected as a judge for the British Poetry Society's Ted Hughes Award for Poetry 2016 in conjunction with poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a singer, songwriter, cellist who proves that classical and alternative r&b music can successfully coexist. Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. & a featured artist with Courtney Pine’s Afropeans: Jazz Warriors. As an arranger and orchestrator Ayanna has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Masekela), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic). Since releasing her EP’s Truthfully and Black Panther, Ayanna has toured extensively, gaining a MOBO award nomination and airplay on BBC Radio 1.

Kerry Shale compered the JW3 Leonard Cohen tribute concert and played the title role in his JW3 adaptation of Brooks and Reiner's THE 2000 YEAR OLD MAN.  In addition to his stage, television and film acting work, Kerry recently played Leonard Cohen in an episode of BBC Radio 3's THE VERB and Ronald Reagan in BBC Radio 4's THE REPUBLICANS. He co-hosts the music podcast IS IT ROLLING, BOB? TALKING DYLAN, with recent guests including David Baddiel and Billy Bragg.

Green Note is an multiple award-winning independent live music venue, located in Camden Town. Founded in 2005 by two music-loving friends, they have become known as one of London’s top spots for folk and roots music, hosting gigs every night of the week ranging from folk and blues to roots, world, jazz, country, bluegrass and singer-songwriters. 



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