On World Poetry Day and Spring Day, this unique event took place at the Islington Metal Works and featured socially conscious songwriters and artists, an impressive line-up of 8 performers accompanied by our 10 piece live orchestra, sharing their original and uplifting works about hope, social change, solidarity, empowerment, just what we need at the moment.
A CD has been made from this live recording. To order a copy, please go to our Contact page.
Half of the profits from the sales of the CDs will be donated to the charity Emmaus International.
Here is a word about our fantastic guest artists. Each has their own musical universe, so it was a very rich and eclectic evening of music:
Hannah White is a politically-engaged artist with a social conscience. For Maverick Magazine, she is "one of the most enchanting songstresses on the country music scene". Check her latest album called 'Elephant Eye'.
Richard Rhys O'Brien has released three albums of songs of life, love and contemporary issues. He has been both a development economist and a long term strategist for governments, companies and the third sector.
Shane Beales is a prolific singer songwriter who has independently released 3 albums, 4 EPs and, in one calendar year, 52 singles. The Guardian describes his music as “yearning, electro-flecked and melodic songsmithery”.
Mr Ekow is a versatile, jazzy and lyrically sharp rapper who loves to get a crowd vibing. He combines an endless imagination with down-to-earth sensibilities, weaving together the everyday and the fantastical in gripping rhymes.
Annalie Wilson's music is bold, fresh and unapologetically human. Her Celtic roots find their way into her music through haunting melodies and vibrant rhythms. She shares a passion for individual and social transformation.
Rachel Taylor-Beales sits somewhere at the crossroads of folk, roots, blues and jazz, advocating for issues of social justice, human rights and ecology. Her latest album was described as “Outstanding!” by BBC Radio Wales.
Fraya Thomsen is a versatile composer who often works collaboratively with film makers and artists. Her songs are informed by her experiences and observations on survival and equality. She is a dreamer in a material world.
ArchiPol is a French singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who initially graduated in Political Sciences, Paris and in Cultural Administration, King’s College London. He also trained as a lyrical singer (Royal College of Music).