Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Tuesday 15 June 2010

A Weapon Called The Word: Levellers Go Grassroots With Debut Reissue

Brighton's very own folk-punk band The Levellers have confirmed details of their 'grassroots' tour, which will take in 18 towns and cities around the UK.
Levellers To Film Groundbreaking Blogumentary

After recently enjoying some intimate club shows in Europe, the Levellers have decided to book a tour of venues that are off their usual UK touring circuit.

The band will be playing in some of the towns and cities they played when they first started out 22 years ago, and some they have never played before.

Fiddle player Jon Sevink said: "We really enjoyed playing some smaller venues in Europe last year and thought that it would be fun do something different in our own country - a return to our roots."

The tour is taking place to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Levellers debut album, A Weapon Called The Word.

The seminal album, which features such favourites as Carry Me, Outside Inside and World Freak Show, is re-issued on the band"s own label On The Fiddle Recording. on 11th October 2010.

As a way of documenting the tour and highlighting the release of A Weapon Called The Word the Levellers are making a groundbreaking blogumentary.

The band have enlisted the help of film-maker and ex-Chumbawamba vocalist Dunstan Bruce.

Dunstan's company, Dandy Films, is based at the Levellers' Metway Studios and he made the documentary 'Clowns' that was broadcast by BBC TV. More recently he has documented Sham 69's first visit to China.

The blogumentary will comprise of candid footage of the band on tour in the provinces of the UK, interviews with local pressure groups, fans, grass roots activists, local characters and location pieces.

The aim of the blogumentary is to show life on the road for a touring band and to give a mouthpiece to anyone who has something to say in the towns that the band visit.

Video clips will be uploaded each day to www.aweaponcalledtheword.com throughout the tour.

A Weapon Called The Word has been digitally re-mastered and includes four previously un-released tracks from a BBC Radio 1 session and tour DVD, shot on a handy cam by the touring crew that dates from 1991.

The BBC tracks are from a Mark Goodier session and the DVD catalogues the heady days of the Levellers meteoric rise.


The Levellers debut album A Weapon Called The Word, 20th Anniversary edition, is to be reissued on 11th October.

Catch the band @ Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms on 25th November. For tickets ring 023 9286 3911 or visit www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk - on sale 9th August.


by: Mike Cobley




Share    


Brighton's first-ever 38 Degrees Live event is set to include lively, upbeat discussions about local politics and will be a chance to hear about inspiring goings on, people, issues and opportunities in the area. 

A wistful mother in the 1950s makes some simple home recordings in her family sitting room. Little could she have known that decades later, her son would become one of the most poetic and influential songwriters ever, or that more than sixty years later, the dust would be blown off her own songs. 

Official creators of the genre 'Rockgrass', former ACDC tribute band, Hayseed Dixie are back in Brighton next month ahead of the realease of their new album, Free Your Mind And Your Grass Will Follow. 

The Crumpetty Tree Café and Deli in Hove has organised a Mother's Day special lunch donation menu on Sunday 26th March in support of Brighton & Hove Impetus, the award-winning local charity which helps vulnerable people who are lonely or isolated because of disability, poor mental or physical health or age.

“1895: London Society takes its problems to Sherlock Holmes.  Everyone else goes to Arrowood.”  That's the intriguing concept of the debut novel Arrowood, written by Brighton-based Anglia Ruskin University academic Dr Mick Finlay.

He's well-known for playing characters on TV that are bang up-to-date – Jonatton Yeah? (yes, that is the right spelling!) in the cult Channel 4 sitcom, Nathan Barley; the ‘is he gay? Is he straight?’  Marcus Dent in ITV's Coronation Street and, most recently, one half of a same sex parenting partnership in the brilliant ITV crime drama, Unforgotten. 

She's the girl with the big smile, the fresh-faced Nonnatus House nun who couldn'tconceal her true feelings if she tried. 

“Years ago I read a book called Brighton Rock, for days the atmosphere of that story stayed with me and I've always wanted to create an album that would have that same effect on people” so says Steve Ignorant.

Brighton & Hove Pride are to welcome special guests Years & Years as a UK Pride Exclusive at the Pride Summer Of Love Festival in Preston Park on Saturday 5th August 2017.

In May 2017, musician, best-selling author and storyteller Mishka Shubaly will visit Brighton  to mark the twin release of his brand new live album Never Touring Again and the tenth anniversarry edition of the album How To Make A Bad Situation Worse.

Following a successful launch in 2016 that saw over 1,000 people attend 29 shows,(Brighton &) Hove Grown is back for 2017, and has “grown” even more!

Broken Air, a dynamic, imaginative solo physical theatre performance inspired by the tragic death of Cornish landscape painter Peter Lanyon, is coming to Brighton Fringe for the first time. 

Cease Fire, the new standalone single by Thurston Moore, is an anti-gun song, that acts as a response to the current unchecked climate of violence that besets many parts of the world, whether large scale in war, genocide and mass killings or individual senseless acts of bloodshed.
Photo: Sam Marks and Laura Pitt-Pulford

Jessica Swale's exhilarating take on the world of Restoration theatre arrives in Brighton with a twinkle in its eye and a big saucy wink at the audience.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd