The headliners for this year’s Mayday festivities have been announced.
The now hugely successful Great MayDay Cabaret, organised by Glasgow Friends of MayDay (GFoMD), celebrates its third anniversary at Oran Mor on the Mayday Monday (4) evening. This year’s headliner is celebrated Irish singer and peace activist , Tommy Sands. Also performing are poet Elvis McGonagall, actress Juliet Cadzow, comedians Bruce Morton and Susie McCabe, and singers Arthur Johnstone and Siobhan Miller. Dave Anderson comperes.
In addition, Glasgow-based film actor Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot, Gangs of New York) stars in a specially commissioned rehearsed reading of John and Willy Maley’s play – From the Calton to Catalonia – republished last year by Calton Books. This play about their father’s experiences in the Internationsl Brigades launches, appropriately enough, in the Calton, then goes on a small tour during the period including Blantyre Miners’ Welfare (1), Irvine’s Harbour Arts centre (2) and Oran Mor (3).
Chris Bartter, Chair of Glasgow Friends of Mayday said “This year’s celebrations have moved up a gear. Many more organisations and people are planning events and we are delighted that we’re able to add a theatre performance to the already successful Cabaret.”
Trade Union Councils throughout Scotland continue to organise MayDay marches and rallies on the Mayday Weekend (Sat and Sun 2/3 May). Plans and speakers are still being finalised.
Love Music, Hate Racism have organised a gig in Glasgow’s Stereo on the evening of May 1, and are also showing the film, The Clash: Westway to the World on Sunday 10 May at the CCA.
Other film showings, include the third in a series of film showings at the CCA organised by a local GMB Branch. Linking International Workers’ Memorial Day (28 April) with MayDay, they are showing Ken Loach’s The Navigators on April 30.
The festival events in Glasgow take place in the weeks before and after the MayDay weekend (this year Sat 2 – Mon 4) and are organised by a wide variety of trade union, cultural and campaigning bodies.
The festival events in Glasgow take place in the weeks before and after the MayDay weekend Saturday 2 - 4 May, 2015 and are organised by a wide variety of trade union, cultural and campaigning bodies.
Tickets for both The (Third) Great Mayday Cabaret are available from Oran Mor (over the bar) or via oran-mor.co.uk/whats-on/.
(Currently the OM website is beingrevamped, so tickets on line are
available from ticket web here Ticket Web)
The full 2015 programme will be available on http://may1st.org.uk as well as OranMor, the STUC, trade unions and other outlets.
Chris Bartter-Chairperson of Glasgow Friends of Mayday
- 07715 583 729 or email@example.com