Friday, 29 July 2016

Ruth McGinley - Calais Refugee Benefit Concert

Ruth McGinley
Gabriella Swallow - cello
Ruth McGinley - piano
Victoria Hamilton - voice

Date - 12th July 2016
Venue - The Forge, Camden, UK
Current Release - Reconnection (Lyte Records)

Part 5 of Gabriella Swallow and her Urban Family gig in aid of the Calais Jungle Crisis.

Gabriella Swallow
The evening at The Forge, Camden directly benefitted Phone Credit For Refugees which is an organisation that provides vital phone credit to refugees and displaced adults and children across Europe. They give the gift of communication to people who are separated from family and friends, miles away from home and in very uncertain circumstances. £20 buys a month's internet and calls providing a lifeline to keep recipients safe and connected. For many unaccompanied children their phone credit is the only safety net they have. To date they have helped over 2500 displaced adults and children make contact with loved ones, stay up to date with news from home and even summon emergency life saving assistance.

Victoria Hamilton
A crescent play, the rounded face, the tear, a bite, a tongue on lips. A tragedy laid out upon a table, mise-en-scene of a narrative, book open, an implement for cutting, the ripped remains of a correspondence. Just this feels so strange, to read a letter in this age, but whether the reader has written these words or are simply seeing them for the first time is unclear. This is music of disappearances and escapes, long walks and distant lives. It is an apt sentiment.


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