Stop press: the 2001 festival was a resounding success. See the full concert programme for an overview.
A companion recording for the festival has been compiled by Roy Bailey. This can be obtained from Roy's web site.
Though smaller than last time, this year's festival included a full weekend programme of concerts at Sheffield Hallam University (see Festival 2001) with workshops for children and adults on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November.
CONCERTS and WORKSHOPS
Faith Petric (USA) – Rebel Voices (USA) – Dick
Gaughan (Scotland) – Attila the Stockbroker (England) –
Frankie Armstrong (Wales) – Leon Rosselson (England) – Robb
Johnson (England) – Julie McNamarra (England)
many more. A
unique festival to celebrate a centuries old tradition of people’s songs that
express dissent and reflect on the world in which we live. The Festival this
year built on the outstandingly successful Festivals of ’95, ’97 &
Come and join us
at the next festival!
are two traditions in human history: hierarchy, discipline and order - and -
equality, liberty and justice. Raise Your Banners is a celebration of the
latter. A weekend of enjoyment and entertainment. “You don’t have to be solemn to be serious”.
Some of what they said about Raise Your Banners 1999:
What the festival is about
The world of artistic expression and political
action has a long and distinguished tradition. Artists have found their voice in
music and song and in many other forms.
Anger and frustration at injustice and
inequality have long been a powerful motivator for artists. They have used their
talents to challenge, question and comment upon political, social and economic
conditions. Exposure to, and involvement in, these challenges has itself brought
about changes in people. Expressions of solidarity with those who fight
injustice and inequality have become a focus for political activity. Movements
In England, as in other countries, we have a
history of dissent that is rarely incorporated into the curricula of our
schools. It is a history our children rarely learn. People who openly struggle
to change the established order are, if they are mentioned at all, labelled
“revolutionary”, and dismissed. Yet they too are traditionalists. They
belong to a different tradition. It is a tradition not of power, hierarchy and
obedience, but of justice, equality and freedom.
It is the aim of Raise Your Banners to
give expression to this tradition and this community, which extends across the
It aims to bring together as many musicians as
possible who share these ideals and give voice to this form of commitment.
It provides for musicians, professional and
amateur, from this country and abroad, to display their talents and celebrate
the power of political music in its many forms and genres.
It provides, too, a weekend of fun and
It reminds us that however isolated we may feel
individually, there is a community that is worldwide, of people who share our
commitments, our values and our optimism.
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