‘The Road to Peterloo’ tells 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. 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. 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.
This show is a Shamrock Promotion
tickets @ £14 from Britannia Gallery (on sale now) (opening times)
or from Eventbrite (£15-51)
or by sending a stamped addressed envelope with cheque payable to J Aspin to 53, Briar Road, Blackburn BB1 9TF
Shamrock Promotions: 07377 788716
There will be a licensed bar offering a draught real ale, red and white wine by the glass or bottle and a selection of soft drinks