SO I grew a set of balls and went to hear the Shankill Road Defenders last night. Invited by my new buddies in Beyond Skin, they were running the event ‘Unite Against Hate’. It involved musicians from around the world playing popular tunes alongside a flute band.
The aim was to challenge the stereotype of Loyalist Flute Bands being racist knuckle draggers. To show the public that they may play instruments that are off putting to some but able to play these instruments in a non-threatening way.
As I’m partial to a toot on the flute myself, I was looking forward to going. I coaxed our Ruairi into coming too. He didn’t even need talked into it. He’s a skilled drummer for the O’Neill Allsopp Memorial Flute Band and a secret fan of the twelfth TV coverage.
The Spectrum Centre stage was set up like an orchestra, complete with…
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