Free Speech – De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Rory McLeod Mon. 25, Tue 26 Jan. [2016-04]

Rory McLeod Angry Love

NEW * NIEUW:  RORY McLEOD * REPEATED:  FRED NEIL  * Palestina in Poëzie ** Charlie Hebdo Remembered ** 
There is no freedom without freedom of speech: always, everywhere and for everyone. Anything less is a violation of it.  

MONDAYS  & TUESDAYS 12:00 > 20:00 hrs CET or 11 a.m. > 7 p.m. GMT (UK)
Free Speech consists of four 60-minute shows.  A new show is added each week. It is followed by three previous shows.

12 noon till 20:00 hrs CET (11 a.m.  / 3 p.m. UK time) NEW SHOW
RORY McLEOD from his debut album Angry Love, 1985 ** AND ALSO: Armand, Shamanaid, Jim Hightower, Victor Jara, Michele Gazich

13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon  / 4 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING 

SPECIAL FRED NEIL & VINCE MARTIN (album: Tear Down The Walls), FRED NEIL (album: Bleecker & MacDougal)  Covers by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, H.P.LOVECRAFT ** AND ALSO:  VIETNAM SONGS by Donovan, Tom Paxton, Eric Burdon, Jimmy Cliff  * Charles Kuralt: The Greenwich Poets * Patsy Raye and The Beatniks: Beatnik’s Wish * Miek en Roel * Shemekia Copeland * Barry McGuire *

Fatena Al-Ghorra foto EddyBonte
Fatena Al-Ghorra foto EddyBonte

14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING 
met Fatena Al-Ghorra, Karel Sergen en Charles Ducal. 

15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING 
Hans Teeuwen, Lenny Bruce, Tom Lehrer, Youp van ‘t Hek, Alain Verdier, Tim Minchin ** Het Pandinistisch Verblijdingsfront * Vuile Mong en de Vieze Gasten: Bommerskonten * Leen Persijn: Alles is te koop



An ex-fire eater and circus clown, Rory McLeod fused a global range of musical influences into his unique sound. In a press release issued by Cooking Vinyl,  his songs were described as “Catchy, poignant, celebrative, observant, incisive, witty, and passionate. They are songs about all kinds of people, richly coloured characters, i.e., his grandma, mum (subjects taboo for the hip generation) and about school friends, family, parting, travelling, love, despair and politics.” Other magazines and newspapers have confirmed this opinion. While the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that he “eloquently expressed ideas set to vibrant, dynamic music with bouncy rhythms, infectious riffs and nifty tunes,” the Toronto Star claimed that he “takes influences from everywhere, Latin, Klezmer, folk, roots. He’s wonderfully rhythmic and lyrical.”  (Craig  Harris, in:

About ” Angry Love”: “An overtly political album in many ways” (Sounds UK)

Lyric excerpt:
Farewell Welfare State
Well there’s a man with his fingers in everybody’s pie
I hope he washes some of them sometimes
He talks for money, by talking he eats
He talks to keep himself off the streets
Well if there’s anything you need he’ll pretend that he’s got it
And then he’ll pretend that he can’t part with it
He studied hunger like a lawyer studies law
He can make a rich man poorer than poor


Fred Neil bw

When Fred Neil passed way in 2001, he was mainly known for one song, Everybody’s Talkin’ from the movie Midnight Cowboy and a smash hit for Harry Nilsson. He was, however, a main figure of the Greenwich Village scene, together with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mark Spoelstra, Richard  Farina, Judy Henschke, etc. – most were even influenced by Neil and not the other way around. His song were covered by dozens of artists, from H.P. Lovecraft to Billy Bragg.
He wasn’t a 100% protest singer, though many of his lyrics deal with abuses and wrongs in society at large. In “Dade County Jail”, he wonders why prisons are air-conditioned and law courts are luxurious buildings, when there are no beds for the juvenile hall. One of Neil’s topics, was the individual mind and its battlegrounds, what happens on the inside rather than the outside world. About individuals rather than institutions, as in “Tear Down the Walls”,  including the walls between people. No wonder, Neil was a restless soul, a wanderer. He retired from the music business early on, leaving us a wondrous legacy of well-crafted songs in the folk & blues idiom, but songs before everything.
“The singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter, as he was often referred to by his contemporaries, he had all the markings of the genuine artist: vaporous life, hazy background and unique expression. Neil created an influential and lasting legacy, in which all American Popular Music genres (folk, blues, gospel, jazz, country, rock’n’roll, pop) fused together seamlessly. His musical craft included, above all, his omnipresent, bottomless low voice, and his effortless, haunting folk-blues 12-string guitar strumming”. From:


Fatena Al-Ghorra foto EddyBonte
Fatena Al-Ghorra foto EddyBonte

Op uitnodiging van  Seniorama Leuven, hielden Fatena al-Ghorra, Nisma Al-Aklouk, Karel Sergen en Charles Ducal  op 14 september een voorlesssessie over een onderwerp dat hen alle vier bezighoudt: Palestina. U hoort een eerste selectie uit de exclusieve opname van de voorleessessie en exclusieve gesprekken met Karel Sergen en Fatena al-Ghorra.

KAREL SERGEN (1954) is naast dichter en recensent ook bestuurslid van PEN Vlaanderen. In die hoedanigheid hielp hij verscheidene gevluchte schrijvers, o.a. Fatena Al-Ghorra en Nisma Al-Aklouk, een dichteres en een romanschrijfster uit Gaza die nu in België wonen.  Sergen is ook persoonlijk betrokken bij de Palestijnse zaak. Hij maakte een reis naar Palestina en schreef er een reeks gedichten over.
FATENA AL-GHORRA was nieuwsanker van een tv-station  en een bekende journaliste in Gaza toen Hamas niet alleen de politieke macht, maar ook de media overnam. Ze had geen andere keus dan te vluchten en kwam enkele jaren geleden in Antwerpen terecht. Ze begon haar leven helemaal opnieuw en kon daarbij op haar gave as dichteres rekenen. Met de steun van PEN Vlaanderen werd een poëziebundel van haar vertaald in het Nederlands, het magistrale “Gods bedrog”.  Ze is ondertussen in Vlaanderen en Nederland uitgegroeid tot een veelgevraagde en graag geziene gaste op poëzie-evenementen.
CHARLES DUCAL was onze eerste Dichter des Vaderlands en behoeft geen introductie. Voor wie het nog niet zou weten, is Charles Ducal een sterk geëngageerd dichter. Hij schreef een cyclus gedichten over Palestina.

Charlie Hebdo: some victims
Charlie Hebdo: some victims






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