Radical Liverpool launched in September 2011 with the legendary Roy Bailey headlining and wishing the club future success. Roy was supported by the house band Our Morals and local rock outfit The Trestles. http://www.myspace.com/thetrestles But the very first act on at this club were the Liverpool Socialist Singers who have gone on to give the event great support.
See Roy at the opening night on You Tube: Skin, Rolling Home
October 2011 was opened by Beggar’s Bridge, who with Our Morals supported the excellent Tony Gibbons and Kate Bradbury. One of the main memories from this night is that we hadn't yet worked out how to do the lighting. None the less here are Our Morals performing Borderlines and some footage taken by Beggar's Bridge of them with The love's still there and A wind to shake a nation
In November 2011 we heard local veteran folk singer Keith Price, and after Our Morals the excellent David Broad entertained us, with for example St James Infirmary Blues.
again saw a packed room enthralled by Alun Parry, supported by Our
Morals and Barry Briercliffe, with poet Greg Quiery getting a lot of
laughs as well. There are several videos from Alun and Barry on our You Tube channel, for example here is Alun with the very funny "I want to be a folk star" and Barry's Alive. Also raising a laugh, not least on stage, is Our Morals with Vinny and Emma reversing their usual roles in the Blacksmith.
January 2012 saw a packed event opened with a full set by the Liverpool Socialist Singers, followed by Our Morals, then Manchester singer songwriter Claire Mooney brought the house down.
Here are the Liverpool Socialist Singers with Asikhatali, Our Morals performing Show of Hands song The Worried Well. and two of Claire’s act - Ordinary Rebels and with whistler John Gibson Heads held high.
March 2012 was opened with a lovely set by John Williams, seen here playing Che Guevara T shirt and Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed. After Our Morals the headline act Joe Topping wowed everyone with some fantatsic guitar playing and singing. Here are two of Joe's own compositions How High and Sowing Dragons' Teeth.
the anti-capitalist roadshowIn April 2012 we supported the Liverpool Big Song and Dance at St Brides, with the fantastic Sisters Unlimited and Our Morals. Here are Fired Up and We were there.
May 2012 saw Zoe Mulford entertain us back at Studio 2. Here is Zoe with two of her many self-penned great stories in song, these taken from her Bonfires album : Open Water, and with everyone singing along to Some Day the Sun's Gonna Shine. AcousticA did a great acoustic set, plus this radical rap. We can't be sure, but this may be only rap about Thomas Paine with bouzouki, concertina and flute that you will see this year. Or ever.
In June 2012 we were captivated by the extremely talented Lizzie Nunnery. The evening was opened by Suzanne Jones, who was accompanied by Vinny Spencer. Here is Lizzie with Five thousand birds, and The leaving of Liverpool.
After the summer beak we returned in September with Rich Man's Ruin, supported by Emma and Josh and the Liverpool Socialist Singers. Here are Tommy's Lot by Rich Man's Ruin, and Emma, Josh and the audience having lots of fun with the Peggy Seeger song One plus one.
October saw a temporary change of venue, where The Rip Roaring Success gave us some high energy western swing, with Our Morals and Dominic Dunn providing the rest of the entertainment. Here are The Rip Roaring Success with These boots are made for walking.
October also took us all to London to support the TUC demonstration against austerity and for a Future that Works, with the Liverpool Socialist Singers. Here is a short video of some of the music on that march.
In November we partnered Liverpool Acoustic and News From Nowhere to put on a fabulous "Anti Capitalist Roadshow" in the splendour of the Sefton Park Palm House. Here is a great video taste of that lovely evening:
the anti-capitalist roadshow
In December we heard Phil Cockerham, David Bowie Junior and Dickie Bongo Dixon, with Our Morals and shanty duo Trim Rig and a Doxy. Here are It's all part of being a pirate, and Rothwell Debtor's Prison/I'm so happy I'm a banker.
We opened 2013 in January with David Hirst, Roger Parker and Our Morals. Here are David with Success to the Weavers and Roger with Make me a pallet.
In March 2013 we held our first event at The Casa, working with News From Nowhere and the Merseyside Women's Organisation to celebrte International Women's Day. Our You Tube channel features a selection of material from the performers, who included Bernie Murphy, Our Morals, and poets Alison Down and Laura Taylor.