“The Road to Peterloo” at the Working Class Movement Library, Salford
July 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Together with Brian Peters, I’ll be performing “The Road to Peterloo” at Working Class Movement Library. Alison Morgan, whose new book provided us with ballads and broadsides of the day, will also give a talk on the ballads and songs of Peterloo.
Alison’s book includes over seventy poems, published either as broadsides or in radical periodicals and newspapers of 1819. Laura, Brian, and I will perform some of the songs which 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.