British folk musicians for peace

This video from the USA says about itself:

Music [starts after about 2 minutes] by Josh Hisle.

Josh Hisle is an Iraq War Veteran who served in the Marine Corp for two tours and who used music to help him cope. His music is one of only a handful of artists who speak out against the war, including Neil Young, who played one of his songs with him.

Neil Young concert review: here.

Spider species named for Neil Young: here.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Banners high!

(Monday 29 October 2007)

Red Folk with MIKE NEWMAN

MIKE NEWMAN looks at next month’s Raise Your Banners festival, featuring some of the best political music around.

SO, welcome to the first Red Folk column, which I hope will go on to become a regular feature in the Morning Star. I’ll be aiming to put the spotlight firmly on the more radical side of folk and associated music, both here in Britain and abroad. …

The whole event is being sponsored by Rock’n’Reel magazine and it really does read like a who’s who of political music.

And, if all that was not enough, a new CD called Not In Our Name will be officially launched at the festival. A compilation CD highlighting the immoral wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it features many of the principled artists performing at RYB mentioned above as well as people such as Leon Rosselson, Rory McLeod and Jim Page.

Proceeds from the sale of Not In Our Name will be going to the Stop the War Coalition and will be on sale at RYB at a special festival price of £10, but it can also be ordered through

The organisers of Raise Your Banners deserve a huge amount of praise for the work that has gone into putting all this together. It really is an event not to be missed, so get there if you can. Full details from

And there’s just time to mention another important musical event, this time organised by the Stop the War Coalition, the Rhythms of Peace Concert, which is on Friday November 30 from 7pm at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London. There are too many performers to mention so visit their website at for the full details.

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