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Date:- 26 February 2007

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Po'Girl play at Southport Arts Centre

TAKE the bellow of the blues, the wail of a gypsy fiddle, punk-rock street poetry, and depression-era jazz, mix it all up and you have the Po' Girls, performing with their support, American sing/songwriter Jeremy Lindsay at Southport Arts Centre on Thursday 22 March.

In the 2 years that the band has been together, they have released three critically acclaimed albums and have relentlessly toured across the United States and Canada, as well as wowing audiences across the UK and winning over festival goers everywhere with their powerful, passionate, and spirited live shows.

The current line-up includes Trish Klein of the Be Good Tanyas, and Allison Russell, alongside virtuoso fiddler Diona Davies and multi-instrumentalist Awna Teixeira. These four ladies all sing, write and perform on an array of instruments including the banjo, clarinet, slide guitar, piano, accordion, wash-tub bass, harmonica, penny-whistle, mandolin, and violin, making music rich with musical influences, sweetness, grit and soul.  Backing them on drums is one of Vancouver's top musical talents, John Raham, who brings deep, funky, creative and soulful grooves to the sound of Po' Girl.

For more information on the event, please call Box Office on 01704 540011 or 0151 934 2141. Alternatively, book your tickets online at www.seftonarts.co.uk.

Tickets:- £12 (£10 concessions).

Ageism is the most common form of discrimination

NEW statistics from Age Concern expose the full extent of age discrimination in the UK.  The charity’s major biennial survey has revealed that nearly 3 times more people have been the victims of ageism than any other form of discrimination.  The survey shows that 26.9% of the population of the North-West has experienced ageism in some form – this compares with 9.1% of the population who have suffered sexism, 6% racism and 6% disability prejudice.

Appalled at the level of ageism, Age Concern has launched a month-long campaign to gather older people’s experiences of discrimination when trying to access goods and services. Anyone of 50 or over who has been the victim of any type of age discrimination can tell their story via an online questionnaire.  Questionnaires can also be ordered from 020 8765 7448.

Age Concern’s new call for older people to share their experiences of age discrimination in goods and services is being launched ahead of a key year for discrimination policy. The report of the Equalities Review, looking at the underlying causes of discrimination, is expected shortly (28 February).  In March, a Green Paper from the Discrimination Law Review is expected. It will set out proposals for a single equality bill to consolidate and expand anti-discrimination laws. Age Concern is campaigning for better protection against age discrimination – in particular through a positive duty on all public authorities to promote age equality and legislation to stop ageism in goods, facilities and services.

Gordon Lishman, Director General of Age Concern, said:- “Society too often turns a blind eye to ageism – but our research shows it is actually the most common form of discrimination.  The impact of ageism is also significant. It can mean older people get inferior health care services or are denied access to other goods and services that many take for granted. This blatant discrimination would not be tolerated in any other context.  We want to make it clear that age discrimination is wrong. Any evidence of the extent and nature of ageism will help make the case for protection for people of all ages.”

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