Come and get cosy for Burns Weekend for a gathering of kindred spirits at the gallery Café. Eat, drink, sing, dance and be merry with Burning hot Strawberry Faggot Soup on the menu all night. Sing along with the Strawberry Thieves choir who will tell you tales of fighters past and present changing the system for the better. Be entertained by the Commie Faggots who put into words and fancy dress the passion and determination of change-makers in the world today. Dance across continents with Shkembe Soupas their tales of love and humanity bring us closer together.
'Soup' doesn't quite capture the elegance of this Arabian, Turkish and Romanian ensemble whose vocals swirl along with their coloured skirts. But it does hint at their throw-it-all-in mix, from the sounds of fourteenth-century Andalucia or Welsh folk singer Mary Hopkin to flamenco and Turkish belly dancing.
The Commie Faggots
Commie Faggots, an ever changing line up of radical misfits, have been evolving, devolving and revolving around the London Underground scene since 2008. They are more queer and quirky than directly didactic. There is an element of flippancy in what Commie Faggots do, but beneath the sarcasm and upbeat theatricality is an underlying seriousness. Their stage show contains neither earnest sermons nor stand up comedy, but they are seriously funny - in that their hardline humour can be serious and pointed.
Strawberry Thieves - Socialist Choir
We sing at demos, Stop the War events, labour movement meetings, birthday parties and at the Raise Your Banners Festival of political song. Our repertoire draws on modern songs, as well as the wealth of political song which chronicles the history of struggle over the centuries, both in Britain and abroad. We bring a musical dimension to protests about the cuts in public spending.