Saturday 1st May 2010 WOLVERHAMPTON 16th Workers’ Day free festival was held in the Pegasus Pub in Whitmore Reans, the diverse area we annually hold the event.
the 2010 line-up:
7pm doors open and chance to visit stalls, bar and Ann’s Bouncy Castle. Mehndi(henna) by Mrs P.Patel of Bilston. Music from the ever-present One Love International sound system.
Steve the Magic Bloke, made balloons and entertained kids & adults alike. His love of Comedy and innate ability to make people laugh culminated in 1989 with him working as a comedian on the Comedy Club circuit during which Steve’s childhood love of Magic was rekindled when working with Magicians such as John Lenahan and Ian Keeble Magic started to creep into the act and in 1992 he joined the Wolverhampton Circle of Magicians (WCM). He accepted the invitation to “do some magic” at a friend’s child’s birthday party the following year and it wasn’t long (with the help of Ron Ropple, fellow WCM member and UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year) before he was working locally in Wolverhampton as a children’s Entertainer. In the mid 1990’s Steve won the WCM’s close-up magic competition three times in succession (the only time in the club’s 60 year history that had been achieved) and from that success he started to get corporate work as a close-up Magician. Working at Cadbury World (in Birmingham) as a family entertainer he struck up a friendship with Malcolm Mallen one of the country’s top balloon modellers and it wasn’t long before large multiple balloon sculptures were featuring in his shows. In 2006 he embarked on a secondary career as event manager at the Civic Halls in Wolverhampton and as ran events as diverse as Squeeze, Jimmy Carr, and Brainiac. So if you take all of these separate disciplines and fit them together like pieces in a jigsaw you get “Steve the Magicbloke who also does balloons!”
7-10pm Azaad Dhol Group - see their recent perfomances was created following the earlier success of the Punjabi pop band 'Azaad'. Harjit Singh, founder of the Dhol Group, was a professional drummer for the acclaimed pop band. After the group split in the early 90's Harjit decided to share his musical talent through teaching. He, therefore, carried the band's name, meaning 'freedom', by forming the Azaad Dhol Group.
the audience was welcomed from Dave Cole of the May Day Committee
7-30pm Jockey Morris Men of Birmingham have been active in Birmingham since their formation in 1949. They have performed all over the country and have been proud to represent morris dancing and the City of Birmingham in places as far flung as Warwickshire, France, Flanders, Holland and Germany
speaker: Mr Khalsa-Indian Workers’ Association
8pm Azaad Dhol Group did an encore
speaker: Emma Reynolds, GMB & Labour candidate W’ton NE followed briefly by Rob Marris Labour W'ton SW MP
8-40pm Transit Trix B-Boy & B-Girl breakers back by popular request after taking last year's Workers' Day festival by storm
9pm interval & free vegetarian Asian + Caribbean food music from One Love International
speaker: Bill Greenshields, Midlands Chair Communist Party - People’s Charter
CLICK HERE to listen to BILL'S SPEECH
followed by singing of Internationale led by Nick Kelleher of the May day committee and will not be appearing on X-Factor anytime soon!
9-20pm Syrona Ma’rie & Tru-Fam Live Syrona Ma’rie peformed songs from her latest album ’This is Reality’ with Tru-Fam Record’s full live band; ’Tru-Fam Live’ - listen to her tracks from latest album and her single Runnin' Away - Video Directed By Antony Davis for Last Phoenix Films, Music Produced By Rico Levant | Writen by Syrona ma'rie | Co-Writen by Dezert Rhino
Tru-Fam Live ! Syrona Ma'rie + Norma Jean +Queen Isis - solo vocalists
Tru-Fam Live are an already popular band formed under the umbrella of the Wolverhampton-based Tru-Fam Record label 18 months ago.
The main act of 2010 Tru-Fam Live shows, Syrona Ma’rie, has recently released an album 'This Is Reality' - her Jamaica Album Project in collaboration with 'Bunda Beat' (Rudi'Bunny'Nelson & Darees'Daz'Nelson), Tru-Fam Record Artist Derrick'Dezert Rhino'Buchanan and infamous Bongo Herman. Syrona's excellent track 'Up To You', released as a single, received constant airplay on Irie FM, Hot 107, RJR as well as many other Radio/ TV stations through out Jamaica.
As a collective the band, together with the artists can boast a talent to express Reggae, Soul, R’n’B and Jazz . All are professional musicians, with experience playing in different bands for many years. They have played at festivals in various countries including Belgium, Holland, Germany and Canada.
In the coming months they are completing a increasingly busy UK Tour and have planned to tour Europe as well as the far East, playing out at Festivals, further building there ever-growing profile.
UK Rising Star Syrona Ma'rie released her debut album 'This is Reality' in June 2009. Released on Tru-Fam Records and available world wide for digital download from all the largest online stores including iTunes, Amazon and many more. Her single Runnin' Away
FREE ENTRY - funded by local trade union donations
See the May day poster by clicking here