Political folk singer/song writers

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Red About Town, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Red About Town

    Red About Town Well-Known Member

    Can anyone recommend any modern political folk type singer/songwriters?

    I'm a big fan of the likes of Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, David Rovics etc but I am looking to hear someone new.

    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
  2. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

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  3. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village

    Sir Billy Bragg

  4. Red About Town

    Red About Town Well-Known Member

    Cheers for the Alistair Hulett recommendation, will check him out.

    Re Billy Bragg. Been a fan for years.

    Was kind looking for some one more less well known and 'underground'. Someone like Alun Parry in Liverpool for example.
  5. Sebbylad

    Sebbylad Well-Known Member

    She's not especially political but Dear Pariah has one of the most beautiful and otherwordly voices you will ever hear:

    Dear Pariah
  6. Red About Town

    Red About Town Well-Known Member

    Cheers - will check out her music.
  7. Mordi

    Mordi Amoral adventurist

    So I've been on one of my periodic folk binges and realised that as well as prompting troublesome feelings of nationalism they also tend to feed my depression.
    Does anyone have any good non-melancholic recommendations?

    I think Dick Gaughan's No Gods and Precious Few Heroes has enough anger and passion to keep an even keel.

    Wheras another of my favourites, Christy Moore's version of If They Come in the Morning tends to leave me feeling sad and bitter over the immensity of injustice stretching into the unimaginable past.
  8. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

  9. AnnO'Neemus

    AnnO'Neemus Is so vanilla

    Also check out Quiet Loner (Matt Hill).

  10. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    I saw Richard Dawson play the other day. He was even better live than on record. His lyrics aren't always overtly political but are on political themes.

  11. isvicthere?

    isvicthere? a.k.a. floppybollocks

    Not sure what you mean by "modern", but Phil Ochs?
  12. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    I was introduced to Grace Petrie on another thread a day or two ago

  13. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    leon rosselson should get more of a mention. still gigging. he wrote the diggers song (as done by billy bragg) - and this classic.

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  14. Idris2002


    Damn, Kaka Tim beat me to it.

    I'd say Wolf Biermann, but he only sings in German, so probably no use to you.
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  15. copliker

    copliker ...

    I don't follow his career enough to know whether he's done one about the intricacies of the OPCW's work since this rubbish but Rovics should've stopped a very long time ago.


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