Events

2019 – August 2020

SINGER-SONGWRITER SPECIAL – it’s really happening!
Wonderful singer-songwriters from the region: Mitha, Romana Schmat and James Clifford promise another stimulating evening of their own songs, covering love, satire and absurdity.
Where: Tschebbarwoggi, Hauptstraße 9, 4311 Schwertberg
When: Friday 14 August 2020, 8.30pm

OPEN AIR ARBING – unfortunately coronad
James will again be bringing a mix of his heart-felt love and otherwise satirical songs to this bi-annual event in his home village. A great evening with other local bands and musicians – programme being finalised.
Where: Dorfplatz, Am Sclossberg, 4341 Arbing
When: Saturday 11 July 2020,
Info. Watch this space!

BRIGHTON(UK) FRINGE FESTIVAL – unfortunately coronad, some events online but James will be in Austria
James will be in Brighton for part of this much-loved festival which runs from 1 – 31 May. As well as being a spectator, he will be joining the talent on the streets and in sessions in pubs during May.
Where: Watch this space for venues.

SINGER-SONGWRITER SPECIAL – postponed to 14 Aug 20
Wonderful singer-songwriters from the region: Mitha, Romana Schmat and James Clifford promise another stimulating evening of their own songs, covering love, satire and absurdity.
Where: Tschebbarwoggi, Hauptstraße 9, 4311 Schwertberg
When: Thursday 30 April 2020, 8.30pm

OPEN STAGE NIGHT
James will be bringing his wide range of songs to this regular open stage event venue
Where: Verein Welcome, Marktpl. 9, 4310 Mauthausen
When: 28 February 2020, 7pm
Info. For venue event programme, see:  Welcome

HOW DO WE AVOID CLIMATE CHANGE  (Wie streichen wir die Klimawende)
The well-known scientist and cabaretist Werner Gruber, will be discussing the issue of climate change and the options open to us. James will be adding songs to this theme.
Where: Cafe Stöger, Naarner Str. 37, 4320 Perg, Austria
When: Wednesday, 13 November 2019, 7pm
Info. (by email): office@bsa-ooe.at

SINGER-SONGWRITER SPECIAL
Wonderful singer-songwriters from the region: Mitha, Romana Schmat and James Clifford promise a stimulating evening of their own songs, covering love, satire and absurdity.
Where: KHG Hochschulgemeinde, Mengerstr. 23, Linz
When: Monday 11 November 2019, 8.00pm

LEWES SATURDAY FOLK CLUB – LEWES, UK
James will be a special guest at this well-known folk-music venue, bringing some of his new songs and old favourites to the evening.
Where: Sherriff’s room, White Hart, 55 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XE
When: Saturday 19 October 2019, 8.00pm

LIADLSCHNIAZA and FRIENDS
James and singer-songwriters Romana Schmat and Mitha will get minds and hearts moving with songs of satire, love and absurdity, followed by the great band Liadlschniaza.
Where: Kulturverein Röda, Gaswerkgasse 2, 4400 Steyr
When: Saturday 5 October 2019, 8.30 pm

LITERATURE READING
Judge and criminal author Harald Mini will be reading his satirical and criminal texts while James Clifford will be adding his satirical songs
Where: Literature Club Zwieb, 4614 Marchtrenk
When: Tuesday 3 September 2019, 7pm

PERG JAMMED
James enjoys taking part in the local Jam Sessions in the region of Perg. They include bands doing covers as well as individual singer-songwriters. This year, there are sessions at:
Perg: June 27, Juli 11, 25
Schwertberg Jun 14, Jul 26, Aug 23
More information can be found on the Perg and Schwertberg town websites

BRIGHTON(UK) FRINGE FESTIVAL
James will be in Brighton enjoying this much-loved festival from 2 – 27 May but also joining the talent on the streets and in sessions in pubs during May, for example:
2 Hanover, Queen’s Park Road 8pm
5 Fiddler’s Elbow, Boyce’s Street 9pm
7, 14 Cellar Folk Club, Round Georges, Sutherland Road 8.45pm
8 Brighton Singers’ Club, The Mitre, Baker Street 8.45pm
11 Lewes Folk Club 8pm
13 Dorset Bar and Kitchen, North Road 8pm
19 The Marlborough, Prince’s Street 8pm

ST PATRICK’S DAY – 17 MARCH
James will be bringing a wealth of Irish and other music to a festival which has existed over hundreds of years, in celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick (AD387-461). It is also in line with the formal declaration from the Irish Government, which amusingly states one of the aims of the festival as being:

  • To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations

Where: Bistro, Steyr, Austria. Frauengasse 7 (Wieserfeldplatz)
When: Sunday, 17 March 2019. Bistro open from 4pm. James sings from 5pm

HANOVER OPEN MIC
James will be dropping by at one of Brighton’s best Open Mic Sessions, to add a few of his amusing and satirical songs to the evening
Where: The Hanover, 242 Queen’s Park Road, Brighton
When: Thursday 7 March 2019, 8.30pm

CELLAR FOLK CLUB – BRIGHTON
James will be the guest at this well-known folk-music venue, bringing some of his new songs and old favourites to the evening.
Where: The Round Georges, 11-14 Sutherland Road, Brighton
When:Tuesday 5 March 2019, 8.30pm

WORKERS UNDER PRESSURE (ArbeiterInnen unter Druck)
Willi Mernyi (ÖGB), will be discussing the exploitation of workers, the future and the scope for change. James will be adding songs to this theme.
Where: Cafe Stöger, Naarner Str. 37, 4320 Perg, Austria
When: Wednesday, 27 February 2019, 7pm
Info. (by email): office@bsa-ooe.at

 

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Some past events in which James has been involved:

As well as giving solo concerts in pubs, clubs, bars, streets and concert halls in various parts of Austria, Germany and England, James has also enjoyed being involved in…

AKTIONSAKADEMIE AUSTRIA
An annual event organised by attac, Greenpeace, Global 2000 and Südwind, bringing together people who are interested in learning how to be a (better) activist in supporting moves towards a fairer world for all. James has been involved in the organisation and has often lead the Protest Song Workshop.
Info.: Aktionsakademie 2016 – in German – incl. Links to archives of previous Aktionsakademie

ATTAC SUMMER ACADEMY (SOAK)
An annual event which challenges the absurdities of mainstream economics and finance, and develops alternatives, incorporating fairness and environmental sustainability. James has contributed song-writing to this event.
Info. for 2017:  SOAK  2017

FUTURES SYMPOSIUM – annual event in Steyr, Austria
2014 From competition to cooperation – ways to a good life for all
2015. Well-being without growth
2016 Less is more – a good life for everyone

STOP TTIP! (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership)
Part of a grassroots initiative to stop secret, destructive negotiations which benefit only large businesses and industry, and threaten the environment and the rights of people.

BEDINGINGSLOSES GRUNDEINKOMMEN AKTIONSTAG (Unconditional Basic Income – Action Day)
Part of the Europe-wide movement for an unconditional basic income for all.
Info: https://basicincome2013.eu/ubi/ (for info. about the Europe-wide initiative – in many languages)

CULTURE IN SCHWECHATER-HOF (moved from Cafe Cardinal, Steyr)
A chance for people to sing/recite their own or favourite songs, melodies, poems and stories in a relaxed atmosphere – without a stage or microphones.
Where: Schwechater-hof, L.Werndlstrasse 1, 4400 Steyr
When: From 7 p.m. third monday in the month
Info. Werner Zehethofer: werner.zehethofer@utanet.at

OPEN STAGE – ENNS
A venue with a lot of interesting events incl. Music, Literature, Theatre… Monthly OPEN STAGE night
Where: Zuckerfabrik, Enns, Austria
Info. Zuckerfabrik

TAUSCHKREIS „ZEIT AUSGLEICH“ FESTIVAL
An annual event for this moneyless trading system (LETS). Locally produced good food, drink, dancing and music from, amongst others, James Clifford.

BIO ADVENT MARKT – annual event December, Grein, Upper Austria
An advent market, providing high quality regional, organic food and drink, as well as clothes and other locally made items with James adding “Songs for our time” from the main stage.

STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL (CAMPAIGN)
Part of a campaign to support and encourage street music and to challenge attempts at removing street music from public places.

CULTURE CAFE EINFACH.FREUDE – GREIN
A chance for people to sing/recite their own or favourite songs, melodies, poems and stories in a relaxed atmosphere – without a stage or microphones.

THE WAY OUT OF CRISIS – ENOUGH FOR ALL! (Wege aus der Krise: Es reicht für alle!)
A day of Action, organised by a wide spectrum of non-profit organisations throughout Austria which are working towards a fairer, sustainable future for all.
Information: Wege aus der Krise

IDEAS MARKET (Markt der Ideen), Krems, Austria
Over 400 delegates from 34 Countries meeting to shape a new food system. The first European Forum for Food Sovereignty named after the legendary Malian woman “Nyéléni”, whose spirit inspired the international food sovereignty forum held in Mali in 2007.
More Info.
Nyeleni Europe

MUSIKFORUM AUSTRIA – Viktring, Austria
James has been to previous song-writing workshops here. It’s what got him round to finishing songs instead of merely starting new ones.
Info: Musikforum Austria

ENGLISH CLUB
An evening of entertainment of various sorts incl. occasionally James Clifford
Where: Alte Welt, Hauptplatz, Linz, Austria
When: Club meets once per month
Info. Email: The English Club

BRIGHTON (FRINGE) FESTIVAL, UK This is one of the world’s best cultural festivals. A great place to perform and meet artists and performers from around the world, as well as home-grown talent, such as James. Get to Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe and visit Artist houses.

ALPEN-KLANGRAUSCH
A 3-day event in Auguat, bringing together musicians, singers, dancers and people who generally want to have fun.
Info. Alpen-Klangrausch

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