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A weekend of charity music gigs

‘We Shall Overcome’ Say Community Minded Musicians

York gigs part of 200 taking place across UK on October 2,3,4th

Local musicians have come together to organise a weekend of live music to give much needed support to York charities including York Foodbank and Food Not Bombs. ‘We Shall Overcome’ is a community effort led by musicians and performers who want to do something practical to help people in our area hit hard by homelessness and poverty.
On the weekend of October 2-3-4 over 200 gigs will take place across the UK under one unified banner – We Shall Overcome. The organisers hope this show of solidarity will also highlight the human cost to the politics of austerity. Several thousand musicians will perform as audiences are encouraged to bring food for foodbanks or make donations to homelessness and other projects.

Alison Morgan, one of the organisers of the gigs at The Black Swan, York said “We Shall Overcome is part of an anti-austerity movement but it is also very much pro-community. We wanted to do our bit here in York to show solidarity and be part of something big that’s happening right across the country”

York gigs are taking place across the weekend at The Red Lion, The Fulford Arms, Lendal Cellars, The Fleeting Arms and The Black Swan with artists including Union Jill, Magnificent 7 and The Bramble Napskins. Workshops on protest song writing and performance poetry will also take place at The Black Swan on Saturday 3rd. Admission to the events is by donation and audiences are also being asked to bring a food donation for York Foodbank.

Full gig listings can be found at

Earlier Event: September 26
York 50+ Festival
Later Event: October 2
The Art Market