The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow
The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow is a collective of singers and songwriters Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani, Sandra Kerr, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland plus one (there is only one) socialist magician, Ian Saville.
It began with the Occupy movement and the overwhelming sense that this millionaire government was imposing an ideologically driven austerity programme on all but the elite, and in particular on the poor, the vulnerable and the disabled. In response, we have brought our songs and magic to enthusiastic audiences across the UK with the humble aim of raising spirits and giving hope and heart and a smile or two to those angry at this injustice.
We are part of the resistance to a capitalism that functions only on behalf of the wealthy, that aims to shrink the public sphere and privatise public services, including the NHS, and that is destructive to the planet. We are part of another way of looking at the world.
This compilation album ranges widely: from the music hall humour and cheery chorus of Robb Johnson's (Make the rich pay) Why Not? to Jim Woodland's angry picturing of the North South divide in The Grapes of Wrath; from Leon Rosselson's wry, sharply-written take on last year's riots in Looters to Grace Petrie's deft weaving of the personal with the political in Maggie Thatcher's Dream; from Roy Bailey's heart-warming singing of Si Kahn's solidarity songs to Reem Kelani's heart-rending performance of a song from Tunisia about the pain of worker migration; from Sandra Kerr's perceptive warning against the privatisation of the NHS to Ian Saville's visionary tribute to those who never surrendered their dreams of making a better world; from Janet Russell's satirical attack on the arms trade to Peggy Seeger's feisty anthem for the Occupy Movement to Frankie Armstrong's powerful presentation of the Brecht/Eisler song Proletarian Lullaby, a call for class solidarity which closes the collection.
Eleven different voices with one aim - to challenge the narrative that says ‘There is no alternative’.
For further information, including links to artists’ websites and forthcoming gig dates by the collective, go to: http://www.anticapitalistroadshow.co.uk.