To celebrate the Bridgwater legend Joe Strummer. Members of the Guitar and Bass Group joined a performance for International Clash Day 2023 to raise awareness of Joe’s links with rebel town Bridgwater – “A Clash Town”. Local players brought their guitars, basses and voices to play Clash songs at various pop-up locations across Bridgwater town centre on 4 Feb 2023.
Blake statue, Cornhill TA6 3BU 11.30am
Fore Street TA6 3LE 11.45am
Fore St/Binford Place TA6 3NJ 12.00noon
St Mary Street TA6 3LX 12.30pm
St Mary’s Church TA6 3E 12.45pm
Blake statue, Cornhill TA6 3BU 1pm
Students from Bridgwater College came along to Clashmob to record the performance and the views of local residents.
The performance went down a treat with Bridgwater locals. “Its really great to have music here – More than anything it has made our High Street busier, especially with all the shops on the high street closing and I can hear all the songs whilst I’m here at work” said one shop worker.
Cllr Brian Smedley said “Bridgwater is a Clash Town. Its exactly what Bridgwater is about – creative, alternative, radical music in a working class town”.
“its just.. well wonderful!” said another young audience member.
Join in a pop-up performance of Clash songs
Bridgwater Town Centre
4 Feb 2023. 10.30-1pm Performance in various locations.
You are welcome to come along
For more information email John the Facilitator or join the Sedgemoor Guitar and Bass Facebook Group or email John the facilitator.
The Guitar and Bass Group meets monthly in Bridgwater. Guitar and Bass players of any level are very welcome to come along and join in and there is an active Facebook Group if you wish to get involved.
‘International Clash Day’ was started by KEXP, a radio station in Seattle USA. In celebration of the cultural contribution of lead singer and former Bridgwater resident Joe Strummer, Seed leads the celebration in Bridgwater where Joe Strummer was a local resident and there is a clear connection between his band’s ethos and the spirit of Bridgwater as a ‘a rebel town’. The performance will be recorded and shared on International Clash Day 7 Feb 2023. This event on 4th is a ‘Flash mob’ – a one off performance in Bridgwater town centre and every guitarist of any standard in Sedgemoor can join in playing seminal Clash songs.
On Saturday 5 February 2022, 30 local musicians from around Sedgemoor gathered round the Blake Statue at the CornHill in Bridgwater for a pop up performance of ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ as part of International Clash Day.
Artist John D Revelator and his band performed a half hour set, joined halfway through by our Clashmob participants for the Clash classic. The performance was very well received by a good audience, even on a cold February afternoon!
It was a great opportunity for members of the community to come together and enjoy some local talent right in the centre of the town. Check out the performance below: