Festive event celebrates union activist and songwriter

Musician Luke Carver Goss
Musician Luke Carver Goss
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Evening of Socialist Music, Sheffield Trades and Labour Club

This festive concert has been organised by Sheffield Trades Council in memory of Joe Hill, a famous US union organiser, who died 100 years ago.

Called ‘the troubadour of discontent’, Joe was a well-known activist working for the militant International Workers of the World, nicknamed the ‘Wobblies’.

His most famous songs were There is Power in a Union, The Rebel 
Girl and The Preacher and the Slave.

The last song, written in 1911, was a parody of the hymn In the Sweet By-and-By and coined the phrase pie in the sky.

A massive campaign to overturn Joe’s death sentence for the alleged murder of a grocer and his son in Utah failed and he was executed by firing squad in Salt Lake City in November, 1915.

His final rallying cry to fellow workers was: “Don’t waste time mourning, organise!”

Performing tomorrow night are the UNITE Brass Band, sponsored by Britain’s biggest trade union, and Sheffield Socialist Choir.

They will be joined by Luke Carver Goss, a Sheffield singer and guitarist who is active in Heeley Labour Party.

He has written a song about Joe Hill especially for the event.

Doors open at 6.45pm and tickets on the door cost £6 (£4 concesssions).

The music starts at 7.30pm.

The event is suitable for children.

Sheffield Trades Council secretary Martin Mayer said: “It’s Christmas and it’s time to get together for a good seasonal gathering with great music, a comradely atmosphere – and a bit of a political flavour too!”