Maverick Sabre makes BBC Radio 1 show with Hackney’s Irish Travellers

PUBLISHED: 16:57 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 20:26 01 June 2012

Maverick Sabre (third from left) with members  of London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (LGTU) youth group

Maverick Sabre (third from left) with members of London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (LGTU) youth group


Hackney-born and Irish-raised singer, Maverick Sabre, has made a radio show with young Irish Travellers from the borough.

Real name Michael Stafford, the 22-year old singer who featured on Professor Green’s single Jungle, met the travellers on their home turf.

Jerry Reilly, 14, said meeting Maverick had been a life changing experience.

“I really appreciated the fact that Maverick Sabre gave up his time to help us let our opinions be known,” he said.

“I also appreciate the he understood us and gave us advice that I have personally taken on board, like telling us not to worry about what others thought about us and to be your own person.

“Through his words he has given me self belief and the confidence to be able to state my own opinions.”

Music is their common ground, and they share tales, rhymes and verses for the programme, The Story of the Travelling Man, which will be aired on Monday (June 4) at 9pm on BBC Radio 1.

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