Rainbow Warrior III Benefit Gig-Nottingham Greenpeace

In 1985 the French secret service planted two bombs on the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior. This was to stop Greenpeace campaigning against nuclear testing. The ship was sunk and the photographer, Fernando Pereira, was killed. Instead of quitting, Greenpeace charted a ship and carried on campaigning.

Later they took a trawler and converted it, renaming it Rainbow Warrior II. The ship has been all around the world campaigning against the destruction of the planet. Now it’s over 50 years old and is due to be decommissioned.

A new ship has been commissioned, Rainbow Warrior III, and is being built now. Being built from scratch it will be a very eco friendly ship, and will again be at the forefront of Greenpeace environmental campaigns around the world.

You Can’t Sink A Rainbow!

For more info: http://anewwarrior.greenpeace.org/

This benefit gig was organised by Nottingham Greenpeace at The Maze. The gig started with a band called Northern Quarter. A good, entertaining band, and easy to listen to. Good musicians with good songs providing a nice acoustic sound with percussion.

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Northern Quarter

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It was hard to get the percussionists in photos

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A good sounding band

Next up was an actor/poet called Harry McGrath. He started off by reading something from a Greenpeace volunteer about a trip to France in 2005 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. Harry found it quite emotional to read it as it talked of the London bombings, then the travel through France past the Somme, a place famous for the mass killings of war. And then talking of the silence as 500 people formed a peace symbol to commemorate the loss of Fernando Pereira and the Rainbow Warrior. But also the joy of everybody afterwards. The room was silent as he read it! Harry followed this with a coupe of his own poems. They spoke of social issues and were very much from the heart.

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Harry McGrath aka Prophet reading an emotional piece from a Greenpeace volunteer

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Prophet getting into his performance of a poem

Following Prophet we had another band, Wholesome Fish. These play traditional music. They have a bit more of an edge and an attitude to them, they most certainly couldn’t be described as twee. They’re certainly entertaining, and have a great sound.

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Wholesome Fish

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The audience started getting on their feet

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This band mixed a lot of traditional sounds

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Gradually some of the audience started dancing

At the end of the night another traditional group, The Free, started playing on the dance floor, a final bit of entertainment. Afterwards i stopped off in the “Green Room” where a few of them were playing as the bands were relaxing, so a chance for a few final shots.

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The Free giving some final entertainment for the night

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Music in "The Green Room" at the end of the night

P.T.

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About PurpleT

Much of my photography is art and documentary. I try to capture a scene as i see it in my mind, whether that be black and white, colour, or somewhere in between. I try to make an interesting, and/or attractive image from what i see around me, not just what would be expected, but also subjects that would be seen boring, mundane, or ugly by many. But they all have an interest as art photography. I have also spent nearly twenty years working as a life model, then the human figure in art is very important to me, and is something i try to bring into my work at times.
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3 Responses to Rainbow Warrior III Benefit Gig-Nottingham Greenpeace

  1. emilymagpie says:

    Fabulous pictures and what a great cause! Well done to everyone involved, excellent work 🙂

    • PurpleT says:

      Thanks Emily. Not bad photos considering i was a tad drunk by the end. It was a good event, and definitely for a good cause 🙂

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