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Magpie is a former journalist, attempted historian [No, you can't ask how her thesis is going], and full-time corvid of the lesbian persuasion. She keeps herself in birdseed by writing those bad computer manuals that you toss out without bothering to read them. She also blogs too much when she's not on deadline, both here and at Pacific Views.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

The latest on the Green Linnet controversy.

There's an ongoing dispute between Green Linnet (probably the largest outlet for recorded Irish traditional music) and some of its artists, with the artists charging that the label isn't paying them royalties that they deserve, and the label denying that any difficulties exist. (We posted earlier on the dispute here and here.)

The latest move in the ongoing fight is a protest concert that the 'Green Linnet 5' will be bringing to the label's doorstep later this month. Magpie was forwarded this message from Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies:

I'm sorry I have to bother you by sending out a bulk email to all of you soliciting your help in getting the word out regarding the Green Linnet 5 (Cherish the Ladies, Altan, Eileen Ivers, myself and Mick Moloney) and our planned protest / mini-concert for Monday, Columbus day, October 13th at Green Linnet records in Bethel, CT (by Danbury) at 4:30. We're hoping for a great turnout and I'd love all fans of traditional Irish music to come out and show their support for our cause.

As many of you are aware, Green Linnet has neglected to report all sales since 1999 to any of the GL 5. Collectively, our lawyer Bob Donnelly, estimates that approximately $450,000 is owed to us. Green Linnet has refused to pay us what they owe up to 1999 and have refused to account to us for what they owe us for the past four years. In addition there are hundreds of tracks on compilation albums that have never been accounted for either.

Their delays and actions have already cost us many thousands of dollars so far in trying to get what is owed to us, now we have been pushed to run a full fledge audit - an extremely expensive venture. At the present time, Green Linnet has refused our legal team any access to the books - another stall tactic.

For years, folk artists have been taken advantage of by unsavory accounting standards - we have finally said enough is enough and taken a stand. By banding together, we are charging ahead in an unprecedented attack of running a full audit - hopefully this endeavor will defer any other recording companies from doing this to another folk musician and they might think twice before they take advantage of travelling musicians or do it again.

This is serious money to a bunch of people who tour and make music for the sheer joy and love of it and for what it brings to the fans of our music. We work very hard and travel far and wide taking Irish music to the masses - with no 401K's or pension plans. Royalties are our pension! At a time of the biggest Celtic music explosion in history, one of the top Celtic labels has decided that their artists don't deserve what's due to them. Please help us in letting them know that you won't stand for it either.

Many of you have email lists or access to them - please help us in our cause in getting the word out! We need your help!

Thanks so much!!!!!

Directions to the protest...
From New York
Take I-684 North towards Brewster. Merge onto I-84 East - exit 9E towards Danbury. Take Exit 8 US-6 E / Newtown Road Exit. Turn Right onto Newtown Road go down 3/4's of a mile (you'll pass Holiday Inn, Taco Bell and McDonalds). Make a right at light onto Old Newtown Road. Go 3/10ths of a mile and the road comes to a Y. Bear Right before the stop sign onto Beaver Brook Road. After 2/10th's of a mile you'll see West End Power Equipment on your left. Go slow and turn left into next driveway. You'll see a big red Brick Building with Pilgrim Electronics written on the side - address is 60 Beaver Brook Road. Park in rear of the building.

Joanie Madden

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