What's on now:

"And in the dark I smile at life, as if I knew some sort of magical secret that gives the lie to everything evil and sad and changes it into pure light and happiness. And all the while I'm searching within myself for some reason for this joy, I find nothing and must smile to myself again - and laugh at myself. I believe that the secret is nothing other than life itself..."

Rosa Luxemburg - 5th March 1871 - 15th January 1919

Previous events and projects:

Stone Flowers performed at Manchester Art Gallery on 28th Oct as part of ‘The Big Conversation,’ an event hosted by Manchester City of Sanctuary. The event starts at 1.00pm, more information here

1,000 Places toured in Lancashire from the 3rd to the 16th November- also, there's a short film where Gigi and I talk about the project - have a look here

RISE! will be hosting a benefit for These Walls Must Fall on the 7th December - more details to be announced soon.

I’m delighted to be one of the recipients of a Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund award, which will allow me to develop my compositional skills, working with renowned contemporary composer Eve Harrison

I worked with the Whittingham Lives project and writer Jhilmil Breckenridge, comparing past and present experiences of the mental health system with service users at Guild Lodge, based on archive material from Whittingham Asylum (near Preston).

The last gig of 2018 was for the Nobel Peace Prize Party! on the 2nd December

I worked with ARC in Stockport on the Music Space project, following on from similar sessions with young carers

I joined in with old friends to perform at the Catching Stories event on the 30th September, celebrating 30 years of Banner Theatre

Stone Flowers' last performance for 2018 was at the Royal Exchange as part of the Journeys Festival

The Threepenny Festival Association completed the 'Extract' popular education project

I'll be starting work on a new album in early September, thanks to a grant from the PRS and Francis W Reckitt Trust.

I have just completed the TramTracks project with Bridgewater Hall and Metrolink; created 11 new songs, including a couple of commissioned pieces, associated with tram stops, and celebrated with a Gala Concert on 9th July

Project eARTh have created an animated poem with music, based on the landscapes around the Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands - called 'Sky Rock Lake Earth' you can view it here.

Thanks to everyone who came to the Rise tour, we had a great time, and worked with some brilliant artists: Strings Attached, Open Voice, Keele Women's Community Choir, and Sai Murray. Thanks too to our partners at B-Arts, Oldham Unity, St Margaret's Church, Remember Oluwale, and Wharf Chambers Leeds.

For four days in May we toured to Stoke, Oldham, Manchester, Leeds - for full details and updates click here

have a look at our promo video

I am starting a project writing music and songs with the wonderful Project eARTh in Buxton

Stone Flowers sessions are starting up again, working towards a performance later this year

I'm dropping in on SICK! Festival as part of the focus group - looking forward to seeing some ground breaking work around mental health, identity and society

"Songs are really just interesting things to be doing with the air" - Tom Waits

"What other function can music have? - to make us whole again" - Sergei Rakmaninoff

Last year:

10th December: Stone Flowers performed at Manchester Museum

17th December: RISE! performed at Solidarity Social at St Margaret's Church, Rufford Road, Manchester M16 8AE - doors open 7.30

In November and December I worked on an exciting project in Rochdale, alongside Jaydev Mistry with the Royal Exchange. We created music with young people with hearing impairments for a project called 'Heard Not Hidden', and finished off with a performance to parents and invited guests - for many of them it was the first time they had ever made music or performed in public - it was a privilege to work with them.

News and links....
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's assassination
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
RISE! got together last Sunday to create this song about Rosa Luxemburg, socialist, feminist, political theorist, revolutionary and more relevant than ever today....see the main page or click on the link above

1,000 Places - getting ready for the tour!
1,000 Places - getting ready for the tour!
Monday, October 22, 2018
2 people, 8 instruments...in rehearsal for 1,000 Places, imagine what's going to happen when Jaydev joins us. But at least we know we can fit into the Library spaces

Monday, August 06, 2018
Catch this great show about the history of trade unions! Touring all Autumn and beyond: www.bannertheatre.co.uk

Monday, February 12, 2018
We're currently lining up gigs in Manchester, Mossley, and Birmingham. Full details coming soon. We have also posted a couple of live recordings from Manchester on our Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/aidanjolly/sets/rise-full-tracks

Monday, February 12, 2018
We'll be performing as part of the Sounds Like This Festival, and Sounds Human Conference. More details on the Stone Flowers page

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Great event from my friend and co-member of Virtual Migrants Kooj Chuhan at Manchester Central Library, 6th December 2018.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Please sign this Musicians' Union petition calling for the Prime Minister and Parliament to support free movement for musicians after Brexit...many of us work abroad or benefit from European musicians working here - click on the title above to go the petition

Stone Flowers at Bridgewater Hall this Saturday
Stone Flowers at Bridgewater Hall this Saturday
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
4pm - free - ALL WELCOME!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Lots of exciting things to listen to - some new recordings (works in progress) as I begin to get my head around a new album - and some songs from the Tram Tracks project at the Bridgewater Hall - enjoy!

RISE! video online
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Members of the band talk about the music - click on the picture to watch it

50th Anniversary of the Colonels' Coup in Greece
50th Anniversary of the Colonels' Coup in Greece
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Greece solidarity Campaign & Anti-Fascist Action for Greece presents this event marking 50 years since the fascist dictatorship in Greece. Iris (from RISE!), Kostas Voros and myself are doing are couple of songs. 6-8.45pm Friday 28 April 2017, Diskus Room, 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Announcing our May tour:
Stoke Thursday 11th May 7.00pm  Oldham Friday 12th May 7.00pm  Manchester Saturday 13th May 7.30pm  Leeds Sunday 14th May 8.00pm  Information for all gigs:  bit.ly/RISEmaytour

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
You can now buy my albums 'State Of Hysteria' and 'System Fault' direct from the 'Recordings' page using Paypal. To listen before you buy, just click on the headline of this post.

Happy New Year...
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Greetings for 2017 - thanks to everyone who come to the fantastic Solidarity Social on the 17th December. Collectively we raised over £800 - thanks to Caro C for organising. Here's a photo (thanks Pari!), there are more on the RISE FB page.

Welcome to my new site!
Thursday, December 08, 2016
long overdue....hope you like it....if you find something that doesn't work, please let me know

RISE! - epic songs for epic times
RISE! - epic songs for epic times
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Our next gig is on 17th December - details on the flyer

Aidan Jolly

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Aidan Jolly is a freelance musician trading as Well Red Productions. All content of this site © 2017
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