“The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.”
Jimmy Rabitte in The Commitments.
Listen to this video first, then watch it. You wouldn’t quite imagine that the voice comes from the man in the video. Michael Stafford (AKA Maverick Sabre) was born in Hackney to Irish parents, and grew up in Wexford, Ireland. His voice has been compared to Finlay Quaye, but in my mind, the potential is far greater. All part of the not intentional folk theme permeating this week, alongside James Vincent McMorrow and Ben Howard.