Wallis Bird directs Wexford’s Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland at the Gorey Little Theater on Saturday night.
Independent.ie spoke to the Berliner from Wexford ahead of the eagerly awaited show.
How does it feel going back to your home country to play such a special show?
“It feels really strong to me. I’m gonna get my buddies together for a night and we’ll sing our damn heads off and raise some money for this important cause.
“We will all be there with this thought. I’m nervous with anticipation to be honest. A homecoming for a reason is a big deal.
“Whenever I’ve had a charity event at home, or just a normal concert, I always loved how the people of Wexford got involved and were willing to put their bodies and minds into it. Home concerts are always extraordinary enthusiasm, heckling, support, criticism, kindness… everything you hope for”.
What emotions go through your mind when you think about homelessness in Ireland?
“It’s bloody heartbreaking, especially for such a rich country. There should be no one without a roof over their head. We are talking about basic human needs here.
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“Governments are judged on how well they treat their most vulnerable. And when I see people in power using property speculation, ideals of commercial capitalism, to make money from a basic human right, there clearly needs to be a moral shift in politics and leadership toward social care and toward housing: rent caps, caps or reducing the cost of living, penalizing misregulations by banks and building societies and landlords.
“It’s also totally out of control when working people are two unpaid rent away from being homeless. And the attitude towards the homeless needs to be less criminal and more caring.”
Which special guests are performing?
“Stephen James Smith, the poet, Ian Doyle from The Man Whom, Eugene Waters to name a few. In the meantime, I seem to be gathering more local talent – looks like we’re going to have a hoedown.
What show are you planning?
“I’m planning a casual gathering of friends on stage. We will all join in each other’s songs and people are encouraged to sing along.
“There might be a few people spotted in the audience that we know would be able to belt out a tune. I would love for everyone to feel like this is a session that broke out in the kitchen.”
Wallis Bird, Rock Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland, with special guests, takes place at the Gorey Little Theater on April 16th.
Doors open at 19:00 and tickets are available from usual outlets and at the door for €20.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/homelessness-in-ireland-is-fing-heartbreaking-especially-for-such-a-rich-country-wallis-bird-says-ahead-of-benefit-gig-41556782.html “Homelessness in Ireland is bloody heartbreaking, especially for a country this rich,” Wallis Bird said ahead of the benefit concert