British singer Maddy Carty interviewed

This music video from London, England says about itself:

Maddy Carty – ‘Stay Away’

6 May 2010

Maddy and band play ‘Stay Away’ live in Earls Court’s The Troubadour, 19th March 2010.

Maddy Carty – Vocals
Tom Battye – Guitar
Josh Ingham – Bass
Adam Colwell – Drums
Rosalind Ledger – Backing Vocals

By Len Phelan in Britain:

From an honest place

Friday 23rd June 2017

Singer-songwriter MADDY CARTY tells Len Phelan where’s she’s at, musically and politically

ANYONE who’s been fortunate to see Maddy Carty perform knows that she’s blessed with a belting voice and self-penned songs that belie their infectious pop hooks with subtle takes on how the personal and the political intertwine.

But she’s at pains to avoid pigeonholing. “I don’t really see myself as a political or protest singer,” she tells me. “I just write what I know and feel and naturally sometimes politics are involved. I don’t know if I ever have an intended message as such, it’s more that I want people to feel something and know that it’s coming from an honest place.”

She references her song No Shoes in the Summer, written about her Irish grandparents. “It was quite personal to me and my family but the reason I started writing it was because we were hearing so much of the ‘all these immigrants coming over here’ rhetoric and, like so many other people in Britain, it struck a nerve with me.

I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for immigrants and neither would most of my friends. I think my songs are just a social commentary on things I’m seeing and a lot of the time things that make me angry!”

Raised in south London, she’s from “a very socialist, left-wing family” and brought up to believe that social injustice is unacceptable.

“We have to look at history as well as the present to learn from people’s experiences and mistakes,” she says.

“The International Brigades are an amazing example of people not just caring about their own but wanting to help their fellow man. It’s something we could all learn from.”

Carty’s musical influences range through pop and soul to reggae and ska — she provided backing vocals to Keety General’s tremendous Take the Stage, one of the anthems of the JC4PM tour, and her house-infused single Got No Love with Sezwez is getting a lot of airplays.

She puts that variety down to her mum’s “very eclectic” taste. “I do seem to be a bit all over the place musically!” she laughs. “Got No Love is pretty different to what you’ve heard from me. Usually, I’m more pop/soul but happened to use a couple of reggae samples on my last album that people seemed to pick up on.

“But I’m a songwriter first and foremost so I can write a song and it can ultimately be produced in any style.

“I’ve always admired the ‘real’ songwriters like Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and India Arie. I love lyrics so if I hear something poetic or clever I’m hooked.”

Like many musicians, the election campaign has been a shot in the arm for Carty. “It’s been amazing to see how Jeremy Corbyn and his different type of politics has had such an effect on young people and artists coming forward and actually taking an interest politically. I think that probably for the first time in our generation, we have someone who is actually saying things that we want to hear and that we can believe in.

“I hope we can keep it up and that people continue to support him and fight for change, for the many. We just need to get rid of the Tories!”

On July 8, Carty’s appearing with radical Turkish singer Canan Sagar and spoken word supremo Tim Wells at the latest in what are proving to be hugely popular fundraising gigs for the Morning Star at the Constitution pub in London’s Camden Town — an opportunity, if ever there was one, to celebrate the seismic political events of recent weeks.

“The Morning Star has always supported my music which I really appreciate,” she says, “and I’ve been lucky enough to get to know a few of the staff through gigs and campaigns and clearly we have a lot of the same views.

“The fact that the paper is so widely available and covers so many issues from different perspectives like the arts is great.

“It’s important to have an alternative to the mainstream media who are ridiculously biased the majority of the time. You guys are fighting the good fight.”

Not only staff on this paper — Carty’s doing her bit too.

Maddy Carty plays the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival on July 16, and Got No Love is available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and other download sites. Tickets (£10/£5 concessions) for the Morning Star fundraiser at the Constitution pub, 42 St Pancras Way, London NW1 OQT, are available by phone (020) 8510-0815 or from

Learn from British Corbyn, US Sanders says

This 21 June 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders to Democrats: Jeremy Corbyn Taught Us a Lesson—Learn It!

21 June 2017

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Bernie Sanders told Democrats how they can start winning elections again. Basically, he implored them to learn the lesson Jeremy Corbyn recently taught us. The establishment doubted Jeremy Corbyn,

They not just doubted. They smeared.

but he showed the world that progressives are able to galvanize younger voters to come out and vote. If Democrats want to end their losing spree, they need to channel progressivism and move towards the left—not the center.

NANCY PELOSI UNDER FIRE Some Congressional Democrats are calling for new leadership in light of the latest special election losses. [HuffPost]

Jeremy Corbyn to English Glastonbury music festival

This 15 June 2017 video from London, England is called Jeremy Corbyn Visits Grenfell Tower Emergency Centre; Meets Brave Surviving Residents.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Corbo to rock stage at Glasto

Saturday 17th June 2017

JEREMY CORBYN will appear on the main Pyramid stage at Glastonbury festival next week.

The Labour leader will address revellers attending Britain’s biggest music festival on Saturday afternoon.

He was forced to cancel a planned appearance at the festival’s Left Field tent last year following the Brexit vote and the Blairite MPs’ “chicken coup” attempt to oust him as party leader.

Mr Corbyn will introduce US rap duo Run The Jewels, who voiced huge support for Democratic senator Bernie Sanders during his bid to win the party’s presidential nomination.

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis will appear on stage with Mr Corbyn and described the Labour leader as “the hero of the hour.”

Mr Eavis also praised Corbyn’s anti-austerity stance and his views on nuclear disarmament.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is also scheduled to appear at the festival in Somerset as well as Labour MP Clive Lewis.

British Blairites’ hypocritical U-turn on Corbyn

This video from Britain says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn’s a popular man – but what did [the Blairite right wing of] his Party say about him before?

13 June 2017

Before the general election, many Labour Party figures said Corbyn was unelectable, unqualified and ruining the party. Now, some of them may want to come back into his shadow cabinet.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Standing ovation for Jeremy Corbyn on 13.06.2017 as he entered the House of Commons.

This satiric music video from Britain says about itself:

PLP – “Sorted for Seats and Shit”

14 June 2017

Oh is this the way they say the future’s meant to feel?
Some old lefty scruff has gone and garnered mass appeal
And I’m not entirely sure just how to process it
But that’s okay, ’cause we’re all sorted out for seats and shit
And tell me what the lesson is, ’cause all this has just got to mean something

At 9pm [one hour before the general election exit poll on TV] on the dot, he was a dirty Trot
But one hour later, ooh, ooh the news came through

Oh yeah the exit poll told us just what was going down
As did a parade of quite dismayed Conservative frowns
And I’m still not sure if he’s for or against Brexit
But that’s okay, ’cause we’re all sorted out for seats and shit
At half past two, the chicken coup seemed very, very, very far away

At 9pm on the dot, he was a dirty Trot
But one hour later, ooh, ooh the news came through
Ooh, red was competing with blue

Naomi Klein on Corbyn, Sanders and young people

This video from the USA says about itself:

Naomi Klein on Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders & Youth-Led Grassroots Progressive Insurgencies

13 June 2017

Over the weekend, more than 4,000 people gathered for the People’s Summit in Chicago. Among those who spoke was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who called the Democratic Party’s strategy an absolute failure and blamed the party for the election of President Trump.

This comes after the Labour Party in Britain won a shocking number of new seats in the British election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is now poised to possibly become the next British prime minister. For more on these insurgent progressive politicians, we speak with best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein, whose new book is “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need”.