Tour dates 2019

Here’s a list of the dates and places you can see me in 2019.
I hope to see you somewhere along the road.

Thursday 1 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Manchester Central Library.
Friday 2 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Stockport Library with Alison Morgan.
4 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Sidmouth Folk Week.
12 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Broadstairs Folk Week.
Sunday 18 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Irish Cultural Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
20 – 21 August: “The Road to Peterloo” at Whitby Folk Week.

Sunday 15 September: “The Road to Peterloo” at Bromley Cross.
New date to be confirmed – September: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Place Theatre, Bedford.

Wednesday 9 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Cecil Sharp House, London.
Sunday 13 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Abbots Langley.
Monday 14 October: Waltham Abbey Folk Club.
Sunday 20 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Hartlepool Folk Festival.
Thursday 31 October: “The Road to Peterloo” at Huddersfield University, Phipps Hall.

Sunday 3 November: “The Road to Peterloo” at the Square Chapel, Halifax.

The Road to Peterloo

2019 is the bicentennial year of the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester, and together with Brian Peters and Laura Smyth, we’ll be performing our new show, ‘The Road to Peterloo’, from June onwards.

We’ve recorded a CD ‘The Road to Peterloo’ which is now on sale. To purchase a copy of the album as CD or download, please visit our Bandcamp page

Read a REVIEW of the CD by Dave Kidman in the Living Tradition magazine HERE

CDs (which come with extensive liner notes) are £10 + £2 postage (for within UK), £4 (to Europe), £5 (to rest of world).

Or, if you would like to order and pay by cheque, then please make cheques payable to Backshift Music, and send along with your name and postal address to:

Backshift Music
103 Oldham Rd
West Yorkshire

‘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.

Brian Peters, Laura Smyth and Pete Coe

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 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.

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.

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where you can find tour dates and venues in 2019.