I am a core member of Virtual Migrants, a Manchester based Digital Arts Association that explores issues of race, migration and globalisation. In 2015 we produced ‘Continent Chop Chop’, a national touring production and participatory workshop programme that looked at austerity, climate justice and the scapegoating of migrants. We are currently participating in the 'Prosper' organisational development scheme.

In 2016 we were involved in a research project devised by the University of Manchester Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice and a series of interactive drama-based workshops led by TiPP to faciliate conversations about radicalism.

The project was devised as ‘a collaboration between young people, school staff, interdisciplinary researchers, and creative artists, that focuses on developing an inclusive and open discussion about how schools approach extremism that speaks to, and is led by, young people’.

The government’s Prevent strategy has been accused of being more damaging than enabling; acting as a mechanism of exclusion that represses rather than encourages conversation. It was fascinating to hear the views and frustrations of teachers and pupils in dealing with Prevent and Safeguarding legislation highlighting even more the need to “talk about this”.

Here’s the poem that resulted from these conversations:
News and links....
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

RISE MAY TOUR: CELEBRATE RESISTANCE!
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

Music and Performance
Aidan Jolly is a freelance musician trading as Well Red Productions. All content of this site © 2016
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