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Joe Solo

Oct 1st 2017 @ The Peoples Bookshop

Durham, United Kingdom
I Was There
Sunday, October 1st, 2017
3:30 PM
The Peoples Bookshop
Durham, United Kingdom
Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. His musical odyssey began in 1987 fronting a bash-em-out band at school, and has seen him play seven countries either as lynchpin of pop-punk upstarts Lithium Joe or hammering out his unique brand of Folk, Punk and Blues in his own right.

In May 2015 Joe helped create WE SHALL OVERCOME, a campaign pushing for a positive response from the music community to the poverty and hardship inflicted on ordinary people by the government's austerity program. Since October 2015 the movement has organised more than 600 gigs in 135 towns and cities across 9 countries on 3 continents raising an estimated £225,000 in cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit. WSO scooped the 'People's Choice' gong at the annual Yorkshire Grassroots Music Awards on 16th October 2015, and on the back of his efforts The Morning Star named Solo 'Human Being of the Year'.

In October 2016 Joe was awarded the 'Outstanding Songwriting' prize at Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Music Awards for his work on the album 'Never Be Defeated' telling the stories of the men and women of Hatfield during the 1984-85 Miner's Strike.

After 30 years of writing and gigging, Joe made his Glastonbury debut in June 2017, taking to the Leftfield stage a skip in his step and a tear in his eye. As he said later: 'It only took 30 years! Imagine what I could do in another 30!'

Live, Solo has a growing reputation as both a performer and raconteur, being both thought-provoking, comical and punch-the-air political often in the same breath. He is not an artist you will forget in a hurry.

'Fire, integrity, commitment.writes some of the hardest hitting and most pertinent songs ever.' - Mike Harding.

'Constantly sets a new bar for passion in performance.' The Morning Star.

'The perfect protest singer.' R2 Magazine.

'I heard this noise coming off the stage, I went WOW, whoever that is I've got to go and check him out and there was just this one man on the stage blowing up a storm with an acoustic guitar!' Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music.