As I (Steve Wallis) stated on the history page, I put out a call far and wide on the internet for anybody who wanted to participate in Galaxia, either as a full band member or as a guest participant in one or more of our songs, to turn up to a recording studio (the Cutting Rooms, Abraham Moss Centre, City College, Manchester) on Thursday the 30th of June 2005. This was an extremely unorthodox way of getting a band together, and unsurprisingly nobody turned up. However, I already knew that a guitarist (called Adam) who works there and turned out to be very good could help out with the recordings, and he accompanied me on an acoustic guitar when we recorded two of the tracks (Do They Know It’s G8 Time? and The Revolution Starts Now!) and I sang L'internationale unaccompanied.
Adam told me that he does not want to be part of Galaxia in the future, and I am now looking for band members who live in or near Glasgow. Anyone who wishes to participate can of course contact me (by phoning 07739 904924 or emailing me at email@example.com).
I would like the following people who I have been in contact with recently to be band members:
- Rosie Kane MSP, vocals.
- Alana Murray, vocals and various instruments (particularly drums).
- Saira Shah, African drum.
- Thomas Brannagan, harp.
- Nicola Crossan, trumpet.
I would like the following famous people to consider being band members:
- Martine McCutcheon, vocals. Martine sang “I Dreamed A Dream” from the most important revolutionary musical of all time, Les Miserables, on her “Musicality” CD.
- Konnie Huq, vocals. Konnie, a presenter on the BBC TV programme
“Blue Peter”, sang beautifully on the programme
“Comic Relief does Fame Academy”. She was, however, in my opinion, the victim of racism and mind control from one of the other contestants. See the description of my discussion group konnie-huq-fans.
- Anna Friel, flute. I met her cousin, Michael Friel, recently and he told me that she plays the flute. I am a fan of hers from the Channel 4 TV programme “Brookside”, where she played the daughter of a victim of domestic violence; she eventually killed him and they buried his body under the patio. That storyline did much to get the law changed whereby victims of domestic violence are now usually given manslaughter rather than murder convictions.
- Eddi Reader, vocals. Somebody claiming to be Kate Bush (but I doubt it really was her) was in email contact with me a while back, and she said that Eddi (a Scottish singer formerly in the band Fairground Attraction) is keen to join Galaxia. Although Eddi sang at the official opening of the new Scottish parliamentary building attended by the Queen, she also supported the demonstration organised on the same day by the Scottish Socialist Party in which the Declaration of Calton Hill, in support of an independent Scottish republic based on the principles of liberty, equality, diversity and soliarity, was signed by over 1,000 people.
I would like the following people from my past to consider being band members:
- Rebecca, vocals. A Jewish woman, who was very excited when I told her about a protest involving direct action in support of Palestinian rights, was very eager to join Galaxia when I knew her. We sang a very good version of Black's
“Wonderful Life” together.
- Rhiannon Williams. Rhiannon was the first serious love of my life, who I knew at Stanwell Comprehensive School, Penarth (near Cardiff, South Wales). I wrote the song Couldn’t Wait Until Sunday about my attempt to meet her for the first time in over 20 years on my 40th birthday (thwarted by being incarcerated as a political prisoner). The song contains a fair number of details about our time together, as well as mentioning a few other women I would like to join Galaxia.
- Robert Ruiz. Robert was my best friend in my final year at Stanwell.
- Ronda Prunty. Ronda is the woman I now regard as being my first girlfriend (although in our short but intense time together the subject never came up). I met her when travelling up the West Coast of the USA.
- Cath Bann. Despite being from an anarchist background (compared to my Marxist one), Cath was my greatest collaborator between 1998 and 2003. Too Good To Be Forgotten is a love song for her.
- Gwen Noel. Gwen is a Canadian anarchist who was a regular camper outside the Faslane nuclear weapons base in Scotland. She was also a leading member of Glasgow Defy-ID. I met her at the 2004 Earth First! Gathering, and again at the Declaration of Calton Hill demonstration in Edinburgh. At last year’s Gathering, I heard she had returned to Canada, but I would be very interested in involving her should she come back to the Glasgow area.
- Julie. Julie is a professional actor and used to sell T-shirts for the Scottish Socialist Party. She is the best looking woman in the SSP (in my opinion)!
- Priya. Priya is an anarchist born in India but brought up and probably still living in the USA. I met her at the 2005 Earth First! Gathering, at which she showed a DVD of her interviewing and out-thinking various low-lifes outside the Republican Party Convention prior to the 2004 US Presidential Election, as well as covering a lively demonstration against George W Bush and his party. [Note: Bush did not really win that election; see the US Electoral Fraud page on my socialist website.] Priya is involved with a radical group called War Cry Independent Cinema and I would like her to come to Glasgow to produce videos of Galaxia songs and possibly join the band as a singer/musician too.
I would very much like to resume contact with some other people from my past, and possibly involve them in the band, including Mariam, Darren Hammond, Jo Phillips, Tania Williams, Fiona Strawbridge, Philip Martin, Tony Swinburne, Jackie Cook, Tessa Sposito, Janet & Chris Youde, Rachel Lunnon, Carol Thorpe, Peter Roberts, Michelle Lundström, Paula Mitchell, Jo Haley, Dylan Murphy, Rachel Salmon, Sonya Qureshi, Prachi Dwivedi, Emma, Sam and Funké.
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