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I’m doing a show with Michael Biggins on Friday 10th September at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen. Support from folk luminary Danny Couper. Tickets are on sale now, but might be available on the door too.

Advance ticket sales: £12 general admission / £6 for students plus 50p booking fee.

On the door ticket sales: £15 general admission / £8 for students 

14+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Doors open 7:30pm • Music from 8pm.

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A recontextualisation of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)’ inspired by the events which took place on 13th May when the UK Home Office sent a dawn raid to Kenmure Street on the Southside of Glasgow to deport two asylum seekers, Sumit Sehdev and Lakhvir Singh, on the last day of Eid. Hundreds of people took to the street for eight hours to surround the van that the men were detained in, and human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar was present to support the men. They were finally released by the UK Home Office van. We vehemently oppose the hostile immigration policy of the United Kingdom.

lyrics

The city is quiet, morning is breaking
The people are making their daily commute
Down in the southside, they’ve spied a big white van
The government say they’re to end a dispute

Over two men who settled and thrived in this nation
Who made it their home and who worked all their lives
Torn from their homes on the holiest day
And judged by the press through their bigoted eyes

The suits down in Whitehall make justifications
For tearing a family apart in the street
You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane
And all they will call you will be deportees.

But the people of Glasgow they took to the streets
Defending their neighbours, raided at dawn
For eight hours they sat there, chanting and singing
Your home is in Glasgow, you’re where you belong

Why should we continue to stay in this Union
A Union that doesn’t treat us with respect
We should carve our own path and set our own rules
And value the people we ought to protect

Think of that woman who makes the decisions
Who wears her posh suit, and who smirks at the press
She thinks “taking back control” means deporting our people
Instead of the issues she ought to address

No one is illegal, no matter where they come from
We’re still toiling through Westminster’s lies
The system is broken but we see a way out
It’s time now for Scotland to stand up and rise

The suits down in Whitehall make justifications
For tearing a family apart in the street
You won’t have a name when you ride the big airplane
And all they will call you will be deportees.

Is this the best way we can grow our own nation
How can we move forward if we can’t agree
And they shouldn’t be sent to ride the big airplane
When all they will call you will be deportees.

Braw Sailin on The Sea is part of a project called Memory of Water. Memory of Water is a two year Creative Europe funded project consisting of six European artists exploring post-industrial cultural heritage on waterfronts, in the context of urban planning and community development. The following film is a collaboration between Fable Vision who co-ordinated the project, STAGE (Scottish Talent Across Generations Events) and the Greek memory of water artist Ira Brami the film is called “Awakening The River” Watch full video here: https://youtu.be/0HVVHFnb57E

Iona Fyfe: vocals Graham Rorie: mandolin Jack McRobbie: guitar

 The Alabama is the first single from HAV’s forthcoming Album ‘Haar. The song tells the story of a fishing boat disaster out of the port of Buckie (Moray, Scotland) close to where Alex Ross (the song’s composer) and Iona Fyfe both grew up. Narrated by the sweetheart of one of the men lost in the tragedy, The Alabama is a personal meditation on the perilous risks that fisherman took and still take today.

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