Glastonbury organisers taking Jail House rock to Texas

January 7th, 2009 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, January 7 (ANI): With a view to promoting a project by English singer Billy Bragg to help prisoners learn to play musical instruments, organisers of the Left Field area of Glastonbury will stage an event in Texas.
The South By South West music event will take place in Austin in March.
The idea is to promote Billy Braggs Jail House Doors scheme, which was launched in memory of music legend Joe Strummer of the Clash.
The scheme has spread to 20 prisons in the UK over the past year.
American singer-songwriter Steve Earle will help open it in two US jails this year.
The UK organisers, though still finalising the line-up for their involvement in the US festival, are said to have had positive responses from many top class musicians, including Chris Shiflett from the Foo Fighters, Mick Jones from the Clash, Jon McClure from Reverend and the Makers.
The Fire Brigades Union is backing the Texas mission, and talks are being held with US worker organisations for an international trade union collaboration.
“We are dead chuffed that South By South West, one of the biggest of the global music festivals, have given us the nod to bring our blend of great music and social justice campaigning across the ocean,” the Daily Express quoted Geoff Martin, from Jail Guitar Doors and the Left Field, as saying. (ANI)

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