What is it that makes a community?
What is it that makes a place ‘home’?

For 25 years, Aidan Jolly has been creating songs that investigate and celebrate the idea of a sense of place. For the first time he has collected these songs together. Some are commissioned pieces, others are music originally written for site-specific plays, and some are responses to places personally significant to Aidan. Inspired by locations across the UK, from Dorset to Herefordshire, the Borders, Cheshire, Lancashire and the Peak District, each song tells a specific story


‘1,000 Places’ looks at how the local becomes the universal. It’s performed as a set piece, with Aidan singing and performing on a variety of instruments including guitar, melodeon and bouzouki, supported by long-term collaborators Jo Alampo (singing, accordion, flute, violin and ukelele) and Jaydev Mistry (percussion and electronic soundscapes). We bring with us all necessary equipment, PA and lighting and can perform anywhere from a large living room to a church or village hall. We also provide suitable publicity flyers and posters.

We are also able to offer songwriting workshops, for schools, community groups and local emerging musicians, to enable people to create their own narrative ‘place songs’. This can include the opportunity to perform in the evening, supported by Aidan, Jo and Jaydev.

Aidan can also undertake longer term commissions creating site specific music, song and documentary pieces.
News and links....
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

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 © 2017
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