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LET THE PEOPLE SING!

Posted by talfanzine on March 26, 2008 at 11:42 AM
The Editorial Group of TAL Fanzine (Tiocfaidh ?r L? ? For Celtic & Ireland) have been discussing for some time an ambitious project - Let The People Sing - which we intend to launch at the beginning of next season.

The initial launch of the LTPS campaign will involve a Limited Edition CD to be distributed free with every copy of TAL purchased at the first home game of next season. The CD will be a rebel folk music collection with all the best rebel bands involved. It will also feature a couple of new ?terrace medley? tracks that will be specially recorded and exclusive to TAL.

Bands and musicians already supporting the project and committing a track to the CD include; Shebeen, Gary Og, Seanchai, Damien Quinn (Justice), The Wakes, Declan McLaughlin, Celtic Storm, The Bog Savages, Tullamore Tree, Padraig Mor (Saoirse), Podgie (Shebeen) and more to be announced. More artists will be added to this list in the near future.

The philosophy behind the campaign is to reclaim some of the political and cultural ground that has been lost by our supporters in the PLC's drive to eradicate a part of the Irish identity of Celtic and its supporters. Local newspaper reports from the 1920's and 1930's often referred to the arrival of Celtic Brake Clubs (early supporters clubs) at matches being accompanied with a chorus of 'God Save Ireland'. In the 1960's and 1970's songs like Sean Sabhat, and The Holy Ground were popular among those who frequented The Jungle. It is this tradition that we aim to celebrate with the CD, we see no reason to hide from it, or to apologise for what is an essential part of what makes us Celtic supporters, members of the Irish community in Scotland ? and for a significant section, supporters of the Irish republican cause. It is, to all intents and purposes, the essence of what it is to be a Celtic supporter.

In order to finance the free CD project we estimate that we need to raise ?2000.

We need your help. Through our internet forum (http://talfanzine.galacforums.com/) inside 7 days of announcing our intentions, our members have already raised 50% of the target in donations and pledges.

All funds raised will go into the LTPS project. No money will be squandered or go into the pockets of individuals. All records of what we raise will be published on our online internet forum as the donations come in.

We are appealing to you as a fellow Celtic supporter who may have some sympathy with the objectives of Let The People Sing to consider making a donation towards the LTPS project which seeks to promote the cultural and political identity of our club and its supporters.

We feel that, at this time, a project such as this is sorely needed in the face of the increasing commercialism of the PLC and their ongoing campaign to depoliticise the Celtic support, as could be witnessed by the hysterical overreaction of the club and press to the recent comments made by the chair of The Celtic Trust regarding the popularity, historical legacy and tradition of Irish ballads among our supporters.

It's high time that the rebels fought back.

Please make a donation to the fund via Paypal to:

[email protected]

Or by cheque/postal order (payable to CSC) to:

TAL BOOKS
BM BOX 266
LONDON
WC1N 3XX

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