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New Year message from Jean MacColl

Hello everyone,

I’m sorry to be so late in wishing you all a Happy New Year. I moved to be near Hamish on December 4th. It was a very busy time but eventually we left with the cat followed by my worldly possessions in a container driven by a friend. The first five days were full of sunshine but now it’s cloudy and rainy. However it is mild and when the sun comes our around mid day, for a short period, it’s very warm. My pre-fab bungalow will be built when planning goes ahead, probably end of February. Meanwhile I am enjoying time with Hamish and receiving all my mail. We celebrated Fairytale which I felt sure would win. There is nothing to compare with it as a Christmas song.

I hope I will manage to come to the next Kirsty gathering in October and ley you know how things are progressing. Kirsty’s songs seem to be reaching a new age group and I hope they will find their way to our Sunday celebrations. Meanwhile I’d like to thank everyone who sent me a card. There were all up on the mantelpiece.

When Kirsty was very young she would like to keep the decorations and cards up long after the holiday. I think I’ll keep them up until the weekend. Some have travelled quite a distance. Wishing you all a wonderfully healthy and happy 2013.

Jean MacColl

Jean’s Letter from Havana

Funds raised by the Justice for Kirsty Campaign have been used to renovate and reopen a theatre in Havana, Cuba to be used by young and disabled Cubans. Kirsty’s mother Jean flew there for the gala opening week.

Dear Friends,

This letter is overdue as i caught bronchitis during my last two days in Cuba and the long trip didn't help with its three hour delay. However I am much better now. I went with Hamish and three of my dancer friends. As always, at this time of the year, Havana was bathed in glorious warm sunshine.

Your money has been put to very good use and for two days we celebrated the newly renovated Miramar Theatre. Slides of its run down state showed just how much work had gone into the restioration. The auditorium has Kirsty's name over it and many of the seats have the names of benfactors ,who have also generously supported the Music Fund. The stage is beautidfully proportioned, has a smooth wood floor and the acoustics are excellent. Lighting and sound are first rate, the dressing room accommodation was good and I believe there will be an area for snacks and drinks. This corner plot is in an area where there are many children and not only is the theatre for talented children but it will also be used by local visually impaired children who will be able to use the rehearsal spaces.

Omar Puente, Kirsty's great friend and superb violinist, arranged the celebratory concerts. He opened the evening with his composition,'Farewell to a Friend'. We are hoping to be allowed to put it on the web site.

Omar had coached the Havana Music School students to play two of Kirsty's songs and the choir did their very best to sing them in English after only two weeks tuition!! I was so taken by surprise that I cannot remember the first song but the second was, 'Not in these Shoes'. A young opera singer followed and after speeches from Cuban Solidarity and other officials thanking us, I explained briefly how the theatre had come about. I spoke of the corruption in the Mexican goverments and the hypocrisy and deceit of Gonzalez Nova and his sons who obviously had friends in high places. Justice was never going to be done so Kirsty's fans and committee decided all the money should go to the Music Fund originally bearing Kirsty's name. Something good and very worthwhile had been achieved of which Kirsty would be enormously proud. I had an interpreter but the audience showed their deep feelings by standing and clapping. I felt it was important they all knew how it began.

It was then time to celebrate. Folk dancers followed musicians. A contemporary dance choreography by a 16 year old boy was superb. A 'pas de deux', performed by a young couple about 12 years old. The male dancer leapt and twirled, obviously heading to be the next Carlos Agosta. Finally the young circus acrobats came on like seasoned troopers. No safety nets, they climbed up each other three oe four people high, upside down some times then leaping lightly to the stage floor. I think the opera singer may have been 17 but the rest of the performerrs were much younger.

We all went out to celebrate at a restaurant which Hamish had found. For 2 pesos, about £2, we could eat a good Cuban meal of rice, beans and roast chicken or meat with wine or beer.

The following day there were young folk dancers. There is no doubt that the youngsters were very proud of their new theatre and congregated outside it with a proprietarial air! We attended two drinks meetings of thanks and one memorable day went to the contemporary dnace, music and circus schools for talented youngsters. We met the young choreographer and congratulated him. I had worked here when visiting nine years ago. I was pleased to see their studio was very much improved.

The music school put on a performance, a violinist acompanied by a pianist, both of a very high standard followed by a group drumming and singing. Then to the circus school where we were told that some youngsters left the classical ballet to join the circus training. I can't imagine people leaving our Royal Ballet to join up as a circus performer! After that my party went shopping, swimming. All want to go back.

Finally, congratulate youselves. Your support has provided a wonderful background for young talented artists and also for disabled children. Kirsty would be so happy and amazed but then, she is probably watching over it.

Best wishes to you all,
Jean

CD Reissues

Here are the details of the 2012 CD reissue program (* denotes previously unreleased):

Desperate Character (SALVOCD58)

Salvo Records 6 98458 82582 8

Clock Goes Round; See That Girl; There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He'S Elvis; Teeanger In Love; Mexican Sofa; Until The Night; Falling For Faces; Just One Look; The Real Ripper; Hard To Believe; He Thinks I Still Care; There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He'S Elvis (Country Version).

Kite (SALVOMDCD29)

Salvo Records 6 98458 82292 5

CD 1: Innocence; Free World; Mother’s Ruin; Days; No Victims; Fifteen Minutes; Don’t Come The Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim!; Tread Lightly; What Do Pretty Girls Do?; Dancing In Limbo; The End Of A Perfect Day; You And Me Baby

CD 2: Closer To God?; The End Of A Perfect Day (Original Demo Version); You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby, La Foret De Mimosas; Happy; El Paso; Still Life; Please Help Me, I’m Falling; Innocence (Single Remix); Clubland; Don’t Run Away From Me Now; Innocence (Guilt Mix); No Victims (Guitar Heroes Mix); Other People’s Hearts; Complainte Pour Ste. Catherine; Am I Right?; You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby (She’s Having A Baby Soundtrack Version).

Electric Landlady (SALVOMDCD31)

Salvo Records 6 98458 82312 0

CD 1: Walking Down Madison; All I Ever Wanted; Children Of The Revolution; Halloween; My Affair; Lying Down; He Never Mentioned Love; We’ll Never Pass This Way Again; The Hardest Word; Maybe It’s Imaginary; My Way Home; The One And Only.

CD 2: One Good Thing; The Hardest Word (Alternate Take 3)*; Walking Down Madison (6am Ambient Mix); Walking Down Madison (Extended Urban Mix); Walking Down Madison (LP Extended Mix); Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby (With Billy Bragg); All The Tears That I Cried; My Affair (Ladbroke Groove Mix); My Affair (Bass Sexy Mix); My Affair (Olive Groove Mix); Don’t Go Near The Water; All I Ever Wanted (Re-Recorded Single Version); There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis (BBC); Walk Right Back (BBC); Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby (BBC); A New England (BBC) With Billy Bragg.

Titanic Days (SALVOMDCD32)

Salvo Records 6 98458 82322 9

CD 1: You Know It’s You; Soho Square; Angel; Last Day Of Summer; Bad; Can’t Stop Killing You; Titanic Days; Don;T Go Home; Big Boy On A Saturday Night; Just Woke Up; Tomorrow Never Comes.

CD 2: Angel (Piano Mix); Angel (Single Mix); Angel (Apollo 440 Version); Angel (Stuart Crichton Remix); Angel (Into The Light Mix); Angel (Mysterious Mix)*; BBC Live Tracks - Fleadh Festival 1985)*.

The Fleadh tracks are: Tread lightly; Caroline; They don’t know; Innocence; Free world; Miss Otis regrets; My affair; Don’t come the cowboy with me, Sonny Jim!; Walking down Madison; A new England; I wanna be sedated.

Concert in Havana

Jean attended the gala concert at the Miramar Theatre in Havana, Cuba just before Easter. She says the theater is beautiful, with great sound and ambience. The concert went well and featured many Cuban students and children playing and dancing to a really high standard. The orchestra played some of Kirsty’s songs and Omar Puente played his specially composed piece for Kirsty to much acclaim.

Unfortunately Jean has not been well since her return to England but promises to have a full report from the trip soon.

Here are some video clips shot by Hamish MacColl in the Music School and Circus School in Havana. They do not feature the Miramar Theatre, though they do showcase the young people who will be using it.

Havana National Music School:

Havana National School of Dance:

Havana National Circus School:

and to end with, a random collection of cars in Havana!

A Concert in Havana

Dear Friends,

As Chairwoman of he Music Fund for Cuba I attended a recent meeting of the trustees. Rob Miller, Director of Cuban Solidarity had exciting news for us. The money raised at Kirsty's concert in Shepherd&rquo;s Bush last year has enabled the delapidated theatre, The Miromar, to be completely restored. He is coming to our next reynion in October to thank you all and tell you more about it. The actor, Andy de la Torre, a new trustee and a friend of Kirsty’s, also hopes to join us. Both are going to Havana in November to chgeck the completion and if it is final, there will be a celebration next Spring in the theatre, a mixture of British and Cuban artistes.

Billy Bragg hopes to go if dates are right. The auditorium will have ‘Kirsty MacColl’ across the front of it. We have no definite dates yet but it could be the end of April or in March. Rest assured you will be the first to know. My family hope to go. I think Kirsty would be very shy but so proud of your endeavours in defeating this ridiculous embargo.

I’ll see you in October and look forward to meeting old and new friends. I hear an album of last year's concert is due to come out. We will let you know when it happens. Meanwhile it might be a good ideas to start saving for a week in Havana!!

Jean MacColl

Kirsty

Tribute Concert

Ten Ten Ten To mark the 10th year since Kirsty's death there was a rather wonderful tribute concert in London on the evening of 10th October 2010. The ensemble did justice to Kirsty and then some - highights included appearances from Alison Moyet, Kim Wilde, Brooke Supple, Amy Macdonald, Billy Bragg and Catherine Tate. We do have photos which will hopefully be added at some point! Check the forum for much more about the gig.

Soho Square

In all the excitement about the concert, the usual afternoon party took place in Soho. Put it in your diaries for 2011, go on.


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