Our good friends, Smithers & Co. are doing it all again, one last time.
Our good friends, Smithers & Co. are doing it all again, one last time.
Are you looking for that something extra for your Christmas card selection? Why not punk things up a bit this year with our exclusive Strummerville designs. Each pack includes 10 cards:
All sales from these cards, our Strummerville 2015 Calendars and all other merchandise to directly towards The Joe Strummer Foundation and allows us to continue with our work.
Thank you all for an amazing year and we really do wish you all a Rockin’ Xmas & A Happy New Year!!
Strummerville 2015 Calendar contains wonderful pictures of Joe from the personal collection of Luce Garland. All proceeds go directly to Strummerville – The Joe Strummer Foundation.
All sales from this calendar go towards supporting The Joe Strummer Foundation. Strummerville gives opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects around the world that create social mobility through music.
In January 2003, just days after Joe’s death, a group of Brighton fans of Joe, young and old, put together a small event to mark his passing and to celebrate the life of this inspirational musician and campaigner.
Twelve years on, it has become one of the best-established Joe Strummer annual events, raising money for the Strummerville Foundation and keeping the spirit of Joe alive and well on the South Coast.
2015′s event will be back at the Komedia in Brighton on the 3rd January and the ragged army will once again raise a glass to Joe and the lasting influence that he has on our culture and our politics.
Headlining the night once again are Take The 5th, who cover Clash songs from Janie Jones through to Mescaleros-era Coma Girl. Taking their name from the title given by The Clash to their second US tour in 1979, Take The 5th have been gigging for years, with their blend of rock and reggae recapturing the unique mood of the most vibrant of times.
Today we are immensely proud to announce a brand new E.P mixed and produced by RANKING ROGER & DOPEGRINDERS.
All profits from this rare collaborative 5 track EP will raise funds for ‘Strummerville’. The EP and a selection of associated merchandise are available exclusively at from the Pledge Music campaign page http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rockthecasbah
RANKING ROGER vs. DOPEGRINDERS
ROCK THE CASBAH E.P. IN AID OF STRUMMERVILLE
In 1981, coming off the back of The Beat’s top ten hit “Too Nice To Talk To”, Roger was asked by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones to sing on a version of Rock The Casbah that the Clash were recording. This lead to further collaborations between Roger and the Clash on the road, and then to Mick Jones playing guitar (and nearly joining the group) for General Public, the band that Roger and Dave Wakeling formed after the break up of The Beat in 1983, which enjoyed considerable success on the USA (their biggest hit, Tenderness, still being used in movies today).
While Roger and The Clash’s version of Rock The Casbah was never released, Roger has continued to play the song live (it was included on his recent Live In London CD), so when he met the producing duo Dopegrinders at Across The Tracks festival in 2012, and they decided to record together, it was an obvious track to start with. To make it even better, Mick Jones, as a favor to Roger, very kindly made the original stems available for the Dopegrinder’s use. By way of thanks, Dopegrinders, Roger & The Beat agreed to contribute all their collaborations to the charitable foundation ‘Strummerville’, to be released in December 2014, the 12th anniversary of Joe’s death (22 December 2002).
All profits from this rare collaborative 5 track EP will raise funds for ‘Strummerville’. The EP and a selection of associated merchandise are available exclusively at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rockthecasbah now.
As well as 2 different mixes of ‘Rock The Casbah’, the EP also contains ‘Return of The Dread-I’, a song written by Roger, his son Murphy & Hugh Harris, ‘On The Road’ – a Roger & Murphy composition, and a re-working of Muscle Ska, co-composed by Roger & Neville Staple from The Specials.
Strummerville is a registered charity that was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death. Strummerville gives opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music (www.strummerville.com).
Roger will be playing all the above new material on his 2014 autumn dates (please go to www.thebeatofficial.com for more details).
For more information on Dopegrinders please see www.dopegrinders.com.
We are delighted to announce that Rachael Webb a 18 tear old singer/songwriter for Northants was selected for the 2014 Strummerville Scholarship at the Tech Music School Fulham.
‘Rachael is getting to grips with her new course with real enthusiasm and when I spoke to her the other day in the corridors here at BIMM London and asked her how she was enjoying it,she said, she was absolutely loving it and felt incredibly lucky and grateful, to be given this fantastic opportunity by the Strummerville Foundation’ – Ian Sillett (Programme Leader BA (hons) Creative Musicianship BIMM London)
‘After reading Rachael’s story I was expecting a somewhat nervous performance. She not only displayed confidence and conviction but a touching vulnerability. After talking to her, I could tell this was an opportunity she would relish. A chance and deserved reward for her hard work so far’- Thomas Farrer (Strummerville)
We got an update from Rachael and she says the below.
‘Well I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have won the scholarship. I think it’s brilliant that there are charities supporting musicians and their dreams. I can’t thank Strummerville enough and I will try and continue to prove that I am worthy of this honour. Music is everything to me; so it means the world to have people believe in me this much’ – Rachel Webb
We all wish her all the best in what we hope is a long and fulfilling career in the music industry. And thanks to BIMM London for their continued support.
Manchester band The Backhanders consist of: Stephen Chadwick, Pete Clarke, Matty Owen and Ashley Taylor.
The band were formed 6 months ago and have to date played only a handful of gigs with great success.
Their first gig at Academy 3 sold out within days and since then they have gone on to support Twisted Wheel at the Kraak Gallery sessions which took place last month.
With local radio stations picking up on the early demo track; ‘Memory Lane’ (including Terry Christian’s N.W.A. Show giving it regular airplay).
The band also made it on to John Robb’s list of bands to watch in 2014. They have just come out of Blueprint studios where they recorded 2 tracks, ‘Down by the River’ and ‘Campfire’, a song inspired by and dedicated to Joe Strummer after their manager, Fatneck, had received a photo album from Joe which included random lyrics underneath the photos which were taken during a campfire at iree cottage (where Joe was living) in 1992. Joe had personally made the album. The Backhanders were shown the album and after a day in the studio ‘Campfire’ was created.
With some high profile dates getting ready to be announced very soon, are The Backhanders the Band Manchester has been waiting for…?
A 3 piece dirty, heavy, psychedelic blues trio living in the heart of London – https://www.facebook.com/barehuntermusic
VIOLET BONES are a 4 piece garage rock band from Cambridge, UK – https://www.facebook.com/violetbonesmusic
One these lucky bands will have the chance to win a limited edition Fender Routemaster Stratocaster, only 25 in the world! The #FENDERBUSGIG is a free event with no ticket required.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the bands who entered in to the competition and a special thank you for Fender UK & ROI and Transport for London for putting this event together!
We’re very pleased to announce we have some new merchandise on the Strummerville online shop!
Click here: http://shop.strummerville.com/new-merch.html/
Here’s the new items we have listed:
All sales goes towards raising funds for Strummerville | The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation (Registered Charity #1104165) and allows us to continue with our work. Thank you to Julian Yewdall, Tom Fozard, Shepard Fairey, Kate Simon and Alex Cox who have contributed to our new merchandise.
Austin, TX USA – The Music Moves Mountains Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization offering music as a means of therapy and recovery, is joining forces with Strummerville (Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music) to present a music scholarship for a special needs performing artist or band.
To launch the fundraising efforts, the two charity organizations will host a benefit concert on Friday, August 22nd at The Continental Club in Austin, Texas. The evening will feature Austin luminaries Kevin McKinney & English Teeth, Colin Gilmore, Les Débauchés, Larry Seaman, MaryAnn, and The Painted Redstarts.
There is a suggested tax-deductible donation of $20 (cash or credit) at the door. A silent auction will offer collectable items including an iconic print of Joe Strummer by legendary Rock-n-Roll photographer Bob Gruen. This special evening begins at 9pm, the venue is ages 21+, non-smoking, and is located at 1315 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704, PH (512) 441-2444.
The Music Moves Mountains Foundation was launched in 2012 in response to the lack of resources in the community for music therapy, music education and related services. MMMF teamed up with Strummerville to raise funds for a non-traditional music scholarship for a special needs artist or group as part of its “All Abilities Rock” program.
Joe Strummer was the leader of The Clash and The Mescaleros, and his passion for music and humanitarian work around the world has been an inspiration to MMMF. Strummerville is a registered not for profit charity that was set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death. Strummerville gives opportunities to aspiring musicians and support to projects that create social mobility through music (Registered Charity #1104165).
As organizations who share similar missions, they are in search of others who want to join in their partnered effort to raise funds for this special scholarship. They are now accepting applications from qualified musicians who would like to be considered for the sponsored scholarship. Applications can be downloaded at www.musicmovesmountains.org.
For more information on The Continental Club, please visit www.continentalclub.com. For Music Moves Mountains Foundation, visit www.musicmovesmountains.org. Strummerville are not involved with the organisation and management of this event.