UCS at Celtic Connections – Sunday 5th February

31 Jan

The organisers of the concert celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Clydeside’s important UCS Work-in have unveiled the full line up for the Celtic Connections event scheduled for February 5.

It features a number of stars from last October’s gala concert alongside new artists, and is again being produced by Fair Pley with musical direction by Rab Noakes.

Rab Noakes said, “We hope this stellar line-up is a fitting celebration of the inspirational struggle won by the UCS workforce 40 years ago.  The UCS Work-in contributed, and continues to contribute to the civil and social conscientiousness of musicians, poets and artists. This concert is both the result of, and a tribute to those stewards and workers.”

Rab will perform, and links with the fundraising concerts of 40 years ago are being kept with the concert starring musicians Jimmie Macgregor, Arthur Johnstone, Dick Gaughan, and  Alistair MacDonald. Hilary Brooks and Fraser Speirs will be there in first-class accompaniment. Other musical performers will include James Grant (of Love and Money).

In addition Eddie McGuire’s new composition – Work-in at UCS – a celebration suite – will feature. Eddie wrote an original piece for saxophones in 1971, that he presented to Jimmy Reid. This piece will be performed by Eddie’s traditional music band, the Whistlebinkies, Sax Ecosse and Alba Brass.

Actor and director, David Hayman will perform some of the dramatic speeches of the time and poet Tom Leonard will give a short reading. Well known actor and musician Dave Anderson is MC for the night.

Stephen Wright of organisers FairPley said, “We are delighted  that Celtic Connections has recognised the UCS 40th Anniversary by staging this concert on the last night of the festival. The link between folk music and the struggles of ordinary people is unbreakable; the support of musicians and artists was a key feature of the Work-in.  As the concert on 5th February will demonstrate, their successful fight forty years ago to save shipbuilding on the Clyde continues to inspire artists to this day.”

The concert is being sponsored by Unite the Union, inheritor of many of the UCS unions’ members. Unite’s Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty said, “The UCS campaign touched all facets of community and country – including artists in many spheres. It is fitting that a working class struggle is remembered in a festival that connects so many artists. It should provide an example for the struggle of today’s trade unionists.”


For Further Information please contact:

Chris Bartter (Communications) 07715 583 729, chrisbartter@btinternet.com

Stephen Wright (FairPley) 07734 350 247, swright@fairpley.com

Jim Lister (FairPley) 07793884136, jlister@fairpley.com


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