Shamrock Promotions presents ballads and broadsides telling the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester in 1819
Pete Coe, Laura Smyth & Brian Peters tell 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 of the event. The protest had its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century. Coe, Smith and Peters’ 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. Between them they offer three fine voices and instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, cello and banjo, and add to the mix period dance music from the Manchester area. ‘The Road to Peterloo’ will be touring the UK during the bicentennial year, 2019 and Shamrock Promotions is delighted to be bringing this show to Mellor Brook
tickets (£14) will go on sale in early 2019 via the usual outlets of Britannia Gallery, Eventbrite and by postal application
there will be a licensed bar on the night