“The Road to Peterloo” at Huddersfield University
October 31 @ 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Ryburn 3 Step presents “The Road to Peterloo” at Huddersfield University
Pete Coe, Laura Smyth and Brian Peters, will be performing “The Road to Peterloo” at Huddersfield University.
Tickets: Adult £5, Senior £3, Students Free:
Buy tickets online HERE
or from Huddersfield University:
Phone: 01484 471873
“The Road to Peterloo” tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history – the “Peterloo” Massacre in Manchester in August 1819 – through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event.
Pete , Brian and Laura 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 demanding votes for all, 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.
“The Road to Peterloo” draws on 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. Laura, Brian and Pete 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.