I am a musician, songwriter/composer and performance maker, taking inspiration from world wide cultural movements, and the history, identity and undocumented stories of particular communities and environments. I am involved in touring, performing, events, community plays, and multimedia production, and have released two well reviewed CDs of original songs, ‘System Fault’ (2006) and ‘State of Hysteria’ (2008) (distributed by Proper music).

In 2011 I set up the Stone Flowers music project with survivors of torture, in partnership with Music Action International and Freedom from Torture North West. The project enables the participants to create songs and poetry based on their experiences. We have released two CDs and have performed at venues ranging from the Imperial War Museum North to the Academy and O2 Forum Kentish Town.

I am a regular collaborator with Collective Encounters, on ‘Other Ways Of Telling’, a theatre for social change project in St Helens that had its debut performance, ‘Break Free’, in 2013. This was a site specific performance featuring original songs, music and poetry that looked at the experiences of people with mental health problems. Since then we have produced several other performances, most recently a street theatre performance, ‘What If?’ in April 2015 looking at political engagement (or the lack of it).

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 toured ‘Continent Chop Chop’, a national production and participatory workshop programme that looked at austerity, climate justice and the scapegoating of migrants. We recently collaborated with Manchester University and TiPP on arts-based research into how the PREVENT agenda is affecting high schools.

I have been freelance since 1992, and from 1993 – 2000 was a member of Banner Theatre. I regularly work for a number of organisations including TiPP (Theatre In Prisons and Probation) and High Peak Community Arts, and I also perform with collaborators such as Sai Murray (poet) and RISE!, a new music project celebrating and exploring global traditions of epic songs.
News and links....
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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