This free pop up event produced by Band on the Wall and Edward the Second will feature live performances (Jennifer Reid, Edward II, others tbc), exhibition displays, talks, good food and real ales. Inspired by Edward II’s discovery of the repertoire known as the Manchester Broadsides and the history and stories which lie behind the songs, the band would like to invite you to come and share this amazing repertoire, presented by local experts and performers.
Produced in Manchester throughout the industrial revolution, the songs tell of hardship, politics, social justice and good times as experienced in the nineteenth century. Often a way of spreading news, promoting events, places or businesses or spreading a political or social message, these songs were designed to have a short shelf life and as such were printed on cheap paper and distributed at the markets around what is now the northern quarter of the city.
The event will take place in the garden to the side of The Angel Inn, which features in the song ‘The Soldiers Return’, one of the most well known of the repertoire. Doors will open for the exhibition and presentations at 2pm with performances taking place between 4pm and 9pm. Edward the Second will be performing at 5pm and 8pm.