The Road to Peterloo: Pete Coe, Laura Smyth & Brian Peters
The story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester in 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time. Three singers and musicians from North West England – Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth – trace the story from its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century.
Their songs describe the terrible events of the day itself, when mounted soldiers charged a peaceful crowd and killed or injured many men, women and children by their indiscriminate use of sabres, and tell of later political developments inspired by the carnage.
Laura, Brian and Pete present a trove of freshly-discovered material, with ballads sourced from Alison Morgan’s new book on the broadsides of the day, and from their own research, with many set to original tunes. Three fine voices and instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, cello and banjo.
Sunday 9 June 7.30 pm
tickets @ £14:
online via Eventbrite
in person from Britannia Gallery, Branch Road, Mellor Brook, BB2 7NY
or by sending s.a.e. and cheque payable to J Aspin to Shamrock Promotions 53, Briar Road, Blackburn BB1 9TF
(box office enquiries to Janet on 07377 788716)
7, Whalley Road, Mellor Brook, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 7PR
Sun 9 Jun 2019