Friday 27th January, 8 – 10.30 pm, £5.00 or less on the door. The Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, E29PL
A bottle and a Friend by Robert Burns, 1787
Here’s a bottle and an honest friend
What wad ye wish for mair, man?
Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share may be o’ care, man?
Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as ye ought, man;
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes no ay when sought, man!
Come and join our Burns weekend gathering of three bands at the Gallery Cafe. Eat, drink, sing, dance and be merry with burning hot Strawberry Faggot Soup on the menu all night.
Dance across continents with Shkembe Soup as their tales of love and humanity bring us closer together.
Be entertained by the Commie Faggots who put into words and fancy dress the passion and determination of change-makers in the world today.
Sing along with the Strawberry Thieves choir who will tell you tales of fighters past and present changing the system for the better.
Shkembe Soup doesn’t quite capture the elegance of this ensemble whose music and vocals swirl along with their coloured skirts. It does hint at their throw-it-all-in mix, from the sounds of fourteenth-century Andalucia or Welsh folk singer Mary Hopkin to flamenco, Turkish belly dancing and Arabic pop.
Commie Faggots, an ever changing line up of radical misfits, have been evolving, devolving and revolving around the London underground scene since 2008. They are more queer and quirky than directly didactic.There is an element of flippancy in what the Commie Faggots do, but beneath the sarcasm and upbeat theatricality is an underlying seriousness. Their stage show contains neither earnest sermons nor stand up comedy, but they are seriously funny – in that their hard line humour can be serious and pointed.
Strawberry Thieves – Socialist Choir sing at demos, Stop the War events, labour movement meetings, birthday parties and at the Raise Your Banners Festival of political song. Their repertoire draws on modern songs, as well as the wealth of political songs which chronicle the history of struggle over the centuries, both in Britain and abroad.
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