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Monday, 25 January 2016
Acts announced for Mary Barbour Gala Concert
This release was featured in the Evening Times on the 19 January. It updates
earlier news with some of the artists who have signed up to play in the
GalaConcert. Get your tickets NOW!!
A galaxy of stars will play at the Gala Concert to
raise money for a statue to Govan Rent Strike leader, Mary Barbour, it was
announced today. The concert, which is scheduled for 21 February in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, will feature a number of
great performers for a night of entertainment, song and music.
show is comedian and presenter, Susan
Morrison, and the guest
list will include folk legends, Sheena Wellington, and Arthur Johnstone, rising singer and
musician Siobhan Miller, Scottish
legends The Whistlebinkies, Gaelic
singing star, Maeve Mackinnon,
harmonica supremo, Fraser Speirs,
and folk-rock recording artists, The Wakes.
A local Govan-based community choir – the Govan Allsorts, led by musician Lesley
Robertson - have also been called in to bring Mary’s community centre stage!
Further special guests are anticipated.
Morrison said “It has long been the case that the role of women activists
in the struggle for decent conditions has been overlooked. Its great that we
are helping an important move to redress that, and that so many wonderful
artists are keen to help.”
Maria Fyfe, Chair of the Remember Mary
Barbour Association said. “This
concert has taken off and looks like being a superb celebration of Mary’s life
and work. Isn’t this a great way to raise much-needed funds, display the huge
support for this project and have a great night out?”
Mary Barbour led the successful rent strike of 1915
and went on to play a leading role in the labour movement as a Glasgow
Councillor and energetic social reformer. Following an extensive campaign to
have her contribution recognised, five sculptors were shortlisted to create a
statue of her to be placed in her community of Govan. So far each has created a
maquette of a proposed statue . These were unveiled in November and are being
toured across Glasgow from then until February. See them on the Facebook page here.