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a nice bit of Nic Jones, maybe Little Pot Stove are always in my CD box if needed. But also I use a loose definition of the word ‘folk’ so I’ll happily drop in Roberta Flack’s Compared To What, or some loping psych wig-out. Would you say you’re a protest singer, and who would you say is the greatest or most influential protest singer of all time? I’m not a protest singer. Overt politics is less than 20% of my output. Also I don’t really believe in the ‘protest singer’ because songwriters write about whatever they fancy. Even the most staunchly


political artist does love songs or occasionally writes daft songs about fruit or something. For me the best protest song of the 1990s was Pulp’s Common People and although Jarvis Cocker is occasionally very political he’s no way thought of as a protest artist. Te thing is the audience and media relentlessly mistakes style for content. Beyoncé’s Formation has some of the most radical lyrics of 2016 (and radical imagery in the video and Superbowl performance) and is also one of the biggest global smash hits of the year. Yet people wouldn’t call


Beyoncé a protest singer – she’s too busy being a megastar – and the white middle-class media still wonders out loud where the political music is. All of that said, the most influential folk- protest artist ever is Woody Guthrie; without him you don't get Dylan’s political side, maybe you don’t get Dylan at all, since Dylan basically stole Woody’s schtick. Your latest album 9 Green Songs is your 10th studio album. How would you say it compares to your previous album, Te Bear? 9 Green Songs was quicker to make and in many ways it’s a smaller record than Te Bear. Te music is more varied – nods to different styles – yet the music is less important than it is on Te Bear. 9 Green Songs is about these issues and stories raised in the lyrics, tackling head on the social and ecological shiz, while also linking backwards to 9 Red Songs that I released 10 years before. Although the songs are


Hello, my name’s jessikart and I’m a nosy bollocks. Tat’s that out of the way. Problem with being a nosy bollocks is that it is exhausting, because you’re always having to come up with excuses to justify why you’re craning your neck to look at something and having to say that you’re ‘passionately interested’ or ‘highly concerned’ or ‘oh, sorry, I must have got lost, silly me!’ in order to have a really good squizz at stuff that’s not on public display. Tat’s why I love Heritage Open Days (8th-11th September). For four days, all sorts of things are open that wouldn’t normally be, and it’s a perfect opportunity to rubberneck without having to disguise it.


serious on Te Bear, it has a kind of early 1990s indie rock sound that I really wanted to achieve – and we did. And large chunks were played live in the studio. Tat was the important bit. Te album is a lot more about us being a band and putting together something we loved in the studio. Are you looking forward to returning to Norwich Arts Centre to play and see some old friends? Yes, very much.


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INFORMATION Chris T-T plays Norwich Arts Centre Bar on Saturday as part of Norwich Sound & Vision. You can get a wristband for just £30 for the whole weekend from norwichsoundandvision.co.uk Read this interview in full over at outlineonline.co.uk


Want to have a gander at behind the scenes at Teatre Royal or the Maddermarket? Go ahead. Did you know that Fat Face has an undercroft? No? Well now’s your chance to explore it. Ever looked at Earlham Hall and wondered what it’s like inside? You can find out on Sunday 11th. Until now, I’d never wondered about Jarrolds roof, but apparently you can get access to it as part of a tour. One thing I did know about is the prison under the Guildhall, and you will prise me from it by my cold, dead hands because I have yearned to get inside it for over a year and it’s open for three days.


Seriously, it’s brilliant. If you’ve ever looked at a Norwich building and thought to yourself ‘I wonder what goes on in there?’ then this is the perfect chance to find out without having to construct an elaborate cover story and/or fake identity and disguise, just in case. Some places need to be prebooked, but a lot of them you can just wander into off the street. If you feel any lingering guilt about being a nosy bollocks, then just tell yourself that you’re being enlightened on the fascinating history and culture of Norwich, and in no way shamelessly indulging in leering all over places you’d normally be escorted out of whilst mumbling something about having taken a wrong turn.


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22 / September 2016/outlineonline.co.uk


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