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The Road to Peterloo

Sun 03 Nov, 7:30pm at Red Brick Auditorium

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) , approx running time: 120 mins including interval

In Association with Ryburn 3-step

The Road to Peterloo is a special folk music performance telling the tale of the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester in 1819 through some the ballads that were composed around the time of the event.

Three top singers and musicians from North West England, Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth, trace the background from the Napoleonic Wars, the Luddite uprising, and the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers and cotton spinners, through to the terrible events of the day, when mounted soldiers armed with sabres charged a peaceful crowd of pro-democracy demonstrators and killed or injured many men, women and children.

The show concludes with forward-looking songs describing the legacy of Peterloo, the rise of the Chartists and the struggle for fair votes.

Laura, Brian and Pete present a trove of freshly-discovered material, presented with three fine voices and instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, guitar, cello and banjo.

Supported by Ryburn 3 Step (or in Association with R3S).