Sunday the 21st of December 2008
AHIMSA House 6.30 pm. (BYO)

With local guest Phil Monsour

Phone 0400 912550 for bookings
Tickets $25/20
The Scots singer and songwriter, Alistair Hulett, http://www.alistairhulett.com/ shares much in common with his North American touring partner David Rovics http://www.davidrovics.com/
Both are politically articulate and outspoken performers who use ‘folk music’ as a vehicle for social commentary and activism, while also seeking to entertain and engage their audiences.

But whereas Hulett draws heavily on the traditional music of his Celtic heritage and focuses on the history of working class struggle down the centuries, Rovics takes a rather more contemporary approach, dealing mainly with present day issues and concerns.

The combination seemed to work so very well when they toured the USA together a couple of years ago that now they bring this exciting pairing of contrasting but complimentary styles to Australia.
They will be joined on the night by local performer Phil Monsour http://www.philmonsour.com/
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5 thoughts on “DAVID ROVICS and ALISTAIR HULET Concert

  1. Pat Kelly says:

    Last time Alistair Hulett played the Judith Wright centre about three years ago most of the crowd started leaving during his set. They didn’t even have the decency to leave between songs.

  2. Well, it wasn’t actually ‘most of the audience’ – even if it felt like that – just around twenty people who came and left with the opening act.

    They did exit in a pretty disruptive manner, I agree, but the majority (over 100) stayed right to the end, called for an encore and many bought CDs.

    I remember the gig and the venue very fondly, despite the weird spell at the start.

    Looking forward to another good Brizzie gig at Ahimsa House with David Rovics next month.

  3. Well no one walked out of this one!

    About 80 people came to be treated to a great night of folk music and social comment at AHIMSA house.

    Spare a thought for the hard life of traveling minstrels like Hullet and Rovic. So hard to leave family and friends back home to get here and to keep the material fresh.

    The songs of Monsour, Hullet and Rovics took us from the barricades of the Paris Commune of 1871, to refugees from Palestine, right up to the bad treatment of the working class and poor who lived in New Orleans in the USA after cyclone Katrina in 2005.

    They got a rousing reception at AHIMSA house last night, hopefully Hullet and Rovic well get the same at Woodford folk festival.

    Comrades come Rally!

    Hullet made a telling remark saying the Left is good at showing solidarity
    with others far away, but not so good in doing the same with those closer at home.

    AHIMSA house has emerged in 2008 as a good venue for left and progressive events thanks to gig organisers like Phil Monsour, Sue Monk, Lachlan Hurse from Foco Nuevo, and all their helpers with the co-operation of the AHIMSA trustees — hopefully their efforts will be able to continue in 2009.

    In the words of the Internationale (sung on the night by Alistair Hullet):

    No saviour from on high delivers
    No faith have we in prince or peer
    Our own right hand the chains must shiver
    Chains of hatred, greed and fear
    E’er the thieves will out with their booty
    And give to all a happier lot.
    Each at the forge must do their duty
    And we’ll strike while the iron is hot.

    Ian Curr
    22 December 2008

  4. I would like to add to my comment about the David Rovics. He comes from the Phil Ocks, Randy Newman tradition of folk music.

    He sang about contemporary themes from a libertarian perspective. His song notebook says that he supported Jesse Jackson but thought he would never get elected so he is drawn to electoral politics.

    By this I mean he is concerned with social justice, the rights of the individual and freedom from racism and class. He sang about how the poor were ignored by the US government before and after the natural disaster that hit the gulf of Mexico in 2005: — Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, about no evacuation plan, no buses, people without cars abandoned by their state.

    He sang about Operation Iraqi Liberation [OIL] and a friend who survived the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the massacre of Palestinian refugees in Shabra and Chatilla on the outskirts of Beirut and about the seige of Jenin inside Palestine by the Israeli military. He sang with tongue in cheek that WallMart be burnt down in defiance of US anti-terror laws.

    He satirised anarchists — he ‘claimed’ to be a better anarchist that you’. He sang about an old lady who carried a key around her neck for 50 years in the hope that she would get the right of return to her home in Palestine.

    He sang about the bill of rights in America coming from a dispute over land rather than from the ‘revolution’ there.

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