To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism movement, Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust are delighted to announce a two-day festival at the historic Queens Park Arena in Glasgow's Southside. The festival, on the 27th and 28th of August, is the finale of four days in the park that will celebrate the unique culturally-diverse area of Govanhill, where Alistair lived when he reutrned to Glasgow. In partnership with Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Inhouse, a Unity Festival of talks, [...]
Students at the University of Sussex campaigning to mount a rent strike have used Alistair's "Mrs Barbour's Army" in a podcast created as part of their studies.
Ewan McLennan and George Manbiot are presenting their “Breaking the Spell of Lonliness” show, which explores the power of song to overcome loneliness, at The Mackintosh Church in Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections on Friday 3rd February at 19:30. Ewan has over the years been closely associated with the AHMT, and won the Political Songwriting Competition in 2013; he can be found performing Alistair’s powerful “The Granite Cage” at one of our AHMT Memorial Concerts. An interview [...]
Alastair McDonald, firmly regarded as one of Scotland's leading musical minstrels, is starring in a musical tribute to his friend and mentor Morris Blythman (1919-1981), aka the poet and songwriter ‘Thurso Berwick’, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Netherbow Theatre), Edinburgh, Monday November 14th 2016 at 7.30pm. In addition to his innumerable television, radio and stage appearances world wide, Alastair is a prolific recording artist with a vast repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original material. In 1973 he was invited to [...]
Ewan Mclennan, winner of the 2013 AHMT Songs for Social Justice Award, has written and recorded a song called "Lampedusa", about the journey of a migrant crossing the Mediterranean. To quote Ewan: "It's a kind of response to the ongoing refugee crisis." All proceeds from the download of the track go to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers - a fantastic charity whose work includes carrying out rescue operations in the Mediterranean, where many of the migrant's boats are going down. [...]
AHMT grant recipient Alan Dickson has released the second CD “Traces of Freedom”, featuring more songs from his ongoing “Strains of Eden : Scotland’s Land : Songs of Discontent” project. Songs featured are Now Westlin Winds; We'll Make the World Better Yet; Nature and Freedom; The Land! The Land for Me; Kinnoull Hill; Sowers and Reapers (Trilogy); and The Freedom of the Hills. Find out more from www.strainsofeden.net , where you can also sign up for Alan's Strains of Eden [...]
United We Will Swim ...Again, a film, celebrating Govanhill Baths, directed by the Oscar nominated Fran Higson is previewing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, showing at 16:00 on June 20th at Cineworld; for more information see their FaceBook Page. The film will also be shown at an event in Oxford on July 10th; Peggy Seeger, who has been closely involved in the activism to save Temple Cowley Baths will be singing her song written for the campaign; listen to [...]
The Songs for Social Justice Award for 2015 is now open, with a closing date of 31st October 2015. The competition is open to songwriters and musicians from across the UK and will focus on songs promoting equality and social justice. The AHMT has again appointed a select panel of judges from among experienced songwriters and singers and the Trustees will decide the award based on the panel’s advice. Entries should be on a CD with an accompanying lyrics sheet and [...]