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The current Conservatives’ attack on ordinary working people shows no signs of letting up, especially now they’re in a majority government. Now is a good time to be a protest singer, a singer with a passion for calling for political change, to come forward. Beccy Owen might just be that singer. Her latest EP Becoming Unbecoming is a clarion call for everyone – regardless of their political persuasions – to stand up for what’s right and do something about the injustices in the world. The piano-based collection showcases Owen’s amazing songwriting ability as well as her passion for standing up for what she believes in, making it a powerful statement in these uncertain times.

Her next gig at The Central, featuring support from ICENI’s Lady Caroline Mary, will see Owen playing songs from the EP in aid of Dylan Kirsopp, a young Gateshead lad who suffers from severe medical conditions whose benefits have just been axed. Dylan suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a life-threatening bowel condition, and the current cuts to his benefits has placed a serious strain on his family. Proceeds from Owen’s Pay What You Feel gig will go to the family, who are just one of many severely affected by cuts to the welfare budget. The gig is not only a showcase for Owen’s talents but a reminder that some of the cuts made by the current government are affecting some of the most vulnerable in society. Owen wants us to ask what we can do about it.

Beccy Owen and Lady Caroline Mary play at The Central, Gateshead on Friday 8th August.

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