We were proud commissioning partners in this unique celebration of music and its role in social change and resistance, featuring new and classic protest songs.
From the industrial revolution, universal suffrage and the slave trade through to CND, Rock against Racism and the Miners’ strike, songs are a common and integral factor in all the movements that have sought to instigate change.
Shake the Chains was an exciting new touring commission from celebrated UK contemporary folk singer songwriters and special guests that explored the role songs have played in social change, resistance and protest.
The project was a commission from Folk by the Oak, with support from Arts Council England, Help Musicians, and Folk Alliance.
2018 Tour Dates:
Wed, Jan 31: Celtic Connections / The Mitchell Library, Glasgow
with special guest Karine Polwart
Thu, Feb 1: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
with special guest Martin Simpson
Fri, Feb 2: The Met, Bury
with special guests Commoners Choir
Sat, Feb 3: St John on Bethnal Green, London
with special guest Grace Petrie and Leon Rosselson
Sun, Feb 4: Town Hall, Birmingham
with special guest Grace Petrie and Steve Knightley
What the Reviews Said
"Eclectic and adventurous... A classy affair"
The Guardian ****
"Moving, pertinent, and a clear sign that the UK folk scene does retain a political impetus"
"A remarkable and moving exploration of the common ground between folk music and the politics of protest"