July 5, 2009 by alunparry
Live Recording: My Name Is Dessie Warren
Yesterday I attended the rally for Justice for the Shrewsbury 24, and then sung at the social that followed.
I played the full version of my song My Name Is Dessie Warren for the first time in public.
I feel deeply proud and privileged to have been there amongst so many supporters of justice, and particularly to sing my tribute to the courage and humanity of Des Warren in front of his two sisters.
I found myself getting pretty choked up while singing it. I couldn’t help myself. At it’s best our movement and the people in it represent the finest and most noblest aspirations that humankind can offer. Des Warren embodied all of that.
The live recording of the song is above. I think it still needs a very slight rewrite so the next time you hear it there is one line that will be different, but otherwise it is now complete.
Des Warren was sent to jail for no other crime than being a trade unionist, and spent more time locked up under a Labour government than he did under the Tories who sent him there.
I’m playing the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival later this month, a very important commemoration of those who fought for the right to organise.
But it’s even more important that we keep up the fight for justice for those who were attacked for their trade unionism much more recently.
I’ll post Ricky Tomlinson’s speech tomorrow from the rally itself.
I’d like other singers to add this song to your repertoire and spread the story of what happened to Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson and the Shrewsbury 24 – and spread the news that the fight for justice continues.
I’m thinking of recording this song properly (ie in a studio) and presenting it to the Shrewsbury Campaign to be used freely however they see fit. What do you think?