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.
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.
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.
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.