The commission will see a number of performers and musicians explore the roles songs have played in social change, resistance and protest at a time when making our voices heard is arguably more important than ever.
Shake the Chains will include new material written exclusively for the project and see the band of musicians play venues in Bristol, Sheffield, Suffolk, Derby and London from February 23 to 27 2017. A special guest will also appear at each performance.
The tour will also perform exclusively at Folk by the Oak in July 2017, with a live album scheduled for release in September 2017. Shake the Chains follows on from the critically acclaimed Sweet Liberties project that created new material in response to 800 years of the pursuit of democracy.
Shake the Chains is a commission from Folk by The Oak with support from Arts Council England, Help Musicians UK and Folk Alliance International.
Visit shakethechains.com for more information.
Read our previous feature on the power of the protest song.
The tour dates are below:
St George’s Hall, Bristol - Thursday 23 February. Special guest - Steve Knightley.
Firth Hall, Sheffield - Friday 24 February. Special guest - Martin Simpson.
Snape Maltings, Suffolk - Saturday 25 February. Special guest - TBC
Guildhall, Derby - Sunday 26 February. Special guest - Boff Whalley
St John on Bethnal Green, London - Monday 27 February. Special guests - Peggy Seeger