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OFFLINE #60 at the Dogstar Brixton
Thursday, 11th June 2009
Despite a London-wide tube strike making it difficult to get into Brixton, we still pulled in a great crowd for this fabuous bill, including a musical tour of Woody Guthrie's work by WILL KAUFMAN, contemporary South Seas protest songs from THE LANI SINGERS, the exhilaratingly brilliant 12 piece gypsy Balkan brass sensation the TRANS SIBERIAN MARCH BAND, Scottish folk with STARS OF SUNDAY LEAGUE.
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We started Offline early with Will Kaufman's superb show about legendary American folk singer, Woody Guthrie. It really is a show worth seeing - an absolute education!
Euan from Stars of the Sunday League's gentle folk set was a real treat.
We were honoured to have the Lani Singers back at Offline. The band delivered another incredibly moving and poignant performance.
That's a lot of hats.
Offline favourites the Trans Siberian March band put in another rousing set. We love them!
OFFLINE PARTY AND PROTEST SPECIAL!
Thursday 11th June
A truly spectacular bill of protest songs, new and old, cabaret, live acts and more
Dogstar, Brixton, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LQ
Tel: 020 7733 7515. 7pm - 2am.
FREE ADMISSION all night!
Transport: 2 mins from Brixton tube/BR/buses.
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We've put together an incredible, thought provoking bill featuring a musical tour of Woody Guthrie's work by WILL KAUFMAN, contemporary South Seas protest songs from THE LANI SINGERS, the exhilaratingly brilliant 12 piece gypsy Balkan brass sensation the TRANS SIBERIAN MARCH BAND, Scottish folk with STARS OF SUNDAY LEAGUE and protest videos, poetry and slideshows, plus a full cabaret bill. We'll be running three rooms and two floors of entertainment - and it's FREE all night.
WILL KAUFMAN: WOODY GUTHRIE- a music tour
"Woody Guthrie: Hard times and hard travellin'"
A brilliantly entertaining and informative musical 'tour' around Woody Guthrie's America, Will's performance mixes live performance, sparkling humour and excellent musicianship. Discover why Guthrie's work is as relevant and hard-hitting now as it was for America in the Depression in this superb show.
The presentation begins with slides showing the conditions in the dust bowl as Will plays slide guitar and the rest of the show is Will singing Guthrie's songs, using guitar, banjo and fiddle. It's funny, educational, and has rightly picked up rave reviews - don't miss it!
"Will Kaufman's skills as a musician, his infectious personality and his genuine commitment to the works of Woody Guthrie make this one of the most powerful presentations on the Depression and New Deal period that I have had the pleasure to have seen." Liverpool John Moores University
"No one can understand the American people without listening to Woody Guthrie. Will Kaufman's doing important work here." Tom Paxton
TRANS SIBERIAN MARCH BAND
A wonderfully chaotic and exhilaratingly brilliant 12 piece gypsy Balkan brass sensation packing a fiesta of tubas, trombones and clattering things, the Trans Siberian crew have been picking up rave reviews.
"Balkan ska meets Ottoman battle punk in The Trans-Siberian's obscenely infectious brass blow-out"
"The Sex Pistols of Balkan Brass...Punk brass world beat oddities"
"Music of the people for the people by this Balkanic-Latino band who love to party" - TIME OUT
THE LANI SINGERS
"These are their songs of freedom. Merdeka! Freedom!"
Hailing from the remote central highland region of West Papua in the south-west Pacific, the band sing deeply emotive and compelling melodies which are rooted in the sacred rituals of the Lani tribe people – a tribe whose way of living has remained largely unchanged since the Stone Age.
Their music has also come to embody a powerful modern day message - the struggle that their fellow people endure under a brutal and illegal Indonesian occupation. Since Indonesia invaded West Papua in 1963, over 400,000 native West Papuans have been murdered by Indonesian military and countless others have ‘disappeared’ in one of the world’s worst ongoing yet largely unreported cases of ethnic cleansing.
"wonderfully uplifting: joyous South-Sea harmonies sung over lilting chords"
Read their story
STARS OF SUNDAY LEAGUE
Already a veteran of Bestival, End of the Road and New York's Sidewalk cafe, this Scottish folk outfit sing simple, heart-rending songs about football, love, life and the Firth of Forth, and are sometimes assisted by Emmy The Great.
"With his Scottish twang and heart attached to plaid sleeves you’ll shed a beer glass full of tears to his beautifully crafted songs" Plan B
"gentle and uncluttered, but entirely self-assured folkish songcraft with a narrative, confessional bent" Time Out
A massive hit at the last Offline, Craft Corner serves up a hands-on feast of glitter, sticky-back plastic, toilet rolls, empty detergent bottles, PVA glue and other messy stuff for big kids to get creative. Think: Blue Peter on Absinthe.
Protest videos, old school street protest snaps, Reclaim The Streets footage and more.
We'll also have a full crew of hard-drinking Offline regulars throwing down a selection of ska, punk, reggae, roots, rock'n'roll, new wave, punk, big band, garage rock and more, rocking on till the early hours.
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