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
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