'Folk Against Fascism Volume 1', released July 19th, is the first in a series of three, double disc benefit albums featuring music donated by many of the leading artists on the Folk and Roots scenes, all of whom support Folk Against Fascism in their work to shut out the BNP.
The album includes contributions from Laura Veirs, Bellowhead, Lau, The Imagined Village feat. Billy Bragg, James Yorkston, Under One Sky, The Unthanks and many more.
The album was launched at The South Bank Centre in London on May Bank Holiday weekend to a sold out audience, The likes of Bellowhead and Show of Hands played at the evening concert and during the day there was traditional village fete fun, dancing and of course much music.
The British National Party's manifesto encourages its members to insinuate themselves into the folk and traditional customs of Britain. This involves the appropriation of British folk music and culture as a means of spreading its peculiar brand of racism and intolerance. The UK folk scene is a welcoming and inclusive one; folk music and dance have always been about collaboration, participation, communication and respect. Folk Against Fascism has been created to take a stand against the BNP‚s targeting of folk music, a stand against the appropriation of our culture. Folk Against Fascism isn't a political party or a bureaucratic, top-heavy organisation. It is any and all of us who want to make ourselves aware of the BNP's bigoted view of our history and culture, and who want to do something about it.
The BNP want to take our music, want to twist it into something it isn't; something exclusive, not inclusive. We must not let them. Folk Against Fascism is a way to demonstrate our anger at the way the BNP wants to remodel folk music in its own narrow minded image. The BNP's Activists and Organisers Handbook encourages its members to get involved in the folk scene; Folk Against Fascism aims to make such infiltration impossible, with support coming from all sections of the folk community. We can be found on the web and at various folk clubs and festivals, and we encourage people to organise and support events in their own area.
Folk Against Fascism Volume 1
Blowzabella, Chris Wood, The Unthanks, Roy Bailey, Laura Veirs, The Imagined Village featuring Billy Bragg, Bellowhead,Chumbawamba/No Masters Co- Op, Ray Hearne, Kate Rusby, Christy Moore,The Bevvy Sisters, Lau, Duotone,June Tabor, Andy Cutting.
James Yorkston & The Big Eyed Family Players, Eliza Carthy,Ian King, Justin Adams & Juldeh Camera, Jon Boden, Belshazzer‚s Feast, Show of Hands, Heidi Talbot, Damien Dempsey,
John McCusker‚s Under One Sky, Corrina Hewat, Kris Drever, Ruth Notman, John Tams, Shirley Collins & Dolly Collins.
"Maybe I should talk to you about fascism. It is a big word and it hides in some pretty little places. And it is nothing in the world but greed for profit and greed for the power to hurt and make slaves out of the people. Fascism and freedom are the only two sides battling." Woody Guthrie