Enjoy a great night out on Sat 4th Nov with “The Chartists” band playing radical Chartist songs at the Pen & Wig on Stow Hill, Newport – doors open 7:30pm THIS EVENT IS ENDED
Enjoy an evening of lively music with “The Chartists” band at the Pen & wig pub on Stow Hill opposite the Westgate Hotel.
The Chartists are a group of musicians from the Blackwood area who first got together in 1979 to perform a musical adaptation of the Chartist Movement’s ill-fated march on Newport’s Westgate hotel in November 1839. They were awakened with the fervour of that uprising through reading local history and were moved to compose a set of songs on the subject. The band played together for over ten years with various members dropping in and out at different times, touring and playing concerts and festivals in Wales and England. In 1987 they released their second LP, Cause for Complaint, which dealt with life in the South Wales valleys after the 1984 miner’s strike. Twenty one years later three of the original members of the band re-formed to ‘Rise Again’ with a re-work of the original Chartists album recorded in a more acoustic format. The Chartists line-up may be ‘scaled down’ but the songs are still rousing and a powerful reminder of the past.
Meet the band: