Billy Bragg’s Jail Guitar Doors initiative come to Irish Prisons as one of Philips Chevron’s last wishes.

Jail Guitar Doors initiative comes to Ireland.
Jail Guitar Doors founder Billy Bragg said it so well “these guitars are not a gift, they are a challenge, a key to unlocking the door out of this place and for you to never return”. After the official handover Billy delivered a classic rendition of the Bob Marley’s Redemption Song. It was one of Philip Chevron’s last wishes to see his favorite guitars become part of The Jail Guitar Doors initiative.

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It proved the perfect vehicle to bring the initiative to Ireland. Master of ceremonies Paddy McPoland guided the presentation which included Billy’s emotive speech to the inmates as well as loving words from Philip’s sister Deborah Blacoe who also read a supportive letter from President Michael D. Higgins. After a performance from a number of inmates, prison band The Offenders and others, which included a rendition of Philip Chevron classic Faithful Departed, there were smiles all round which were a reflection of the restorative powers of music. It also was a tribute to the brilliant work being done by the music teaching staff in Mountjoy. The guitars were then formally handed over to Mountjoy campus governor Brian Murphy.

Remembering Philip – Chevron Lives!

Chevron Lives is an evening to celebrate the life and work of Philip Chevron .A number of friends and fans of his work are performing for a special night of celebration in The Sugar Club on Sunday 23rd of November (tickets at the door or at sugarclub.com).More Details HERE

Photography by Aidan Oliver

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