Rainbow Trout ~1980s
Angele Veltmeyer, saxophone; Carole Nelson, keyboard; Jan Ponsford, voice; Josefina Cupido, percussion; Ruth Bitelli, bass
Rebel Without A Clue
Judy Coutinho and Julie McNamara
A political cabaret duo active on the alternative circuit and women’s gigs, Rebel went to Belfast and toured round Ireland in Julie’s camper van. Note bandaleer of tampax.
Renegade early 1980s
Rock Against Sexism 1978 ~
Rock Against Sexism produced a magazine, ‘Drastic Measures.’ One of its founders was Lucy Whitman (then Lucy Toothpaste), who had started a feminist and anti-fascist fanzine called JOLT, been involved in Rock Against Racism, co-editing the RAR magazine ‘Temporary Hoarding’, and later joined the Spare Rib collective.
Issue two of Drastic Measures stated the aims of Rock Against Sexism:
‘To challenge the stereotyped image of men and women and to promote a more positive image of women in music; to promote women bands; against the exploitation of women in advertising or on stage; to define the right of everyone to determine their own sexuality, whether they be straight, gay, both or neither; to fight sexism in music and to use music to fight sexism at large’
Rock ‘n’ Doris
A long-standing Lesbian Music event in Newcastle since the 80’s. Can anyone help us find the name of the trio?
Rubyfruit ~ mid-Seventies
Betty Hagglund, voice; Caroline Hutton, voice; Lorna Edey, voice
Birmingham-based feminist singing group in the mid-seventies.
‘We sang some of the songs that everyone sang but also wrote our own. I think I can still remember all the words to our version of ‘The Women’s Army is Marching’ which included a verse for each of the six WLM demands (challenging — try getting abortion on demand or free contraception into a two-line verse – and nothing ever rhymed with patriarchy!), the Birmingham Lesbian song and one that began ‘Underneath the lamplight, waiting for the bus, Along comes a creepy guy to ‘ave a look at us….’
Our repetoire included ‘Three Drunken Maidens’ and part of Rosalie Sorrel’s ‘Baby Song’. A more definitive list will follow soon!’ ~ Betty Hagglund, 2011