Edward II ‘Kersal Moor 1838’ 23rd April 2015

Originally signed to Cooking Vinyl in the early nineties and born of the Rock Against Racism movement, the Edward II collective were largely based in Moss Side and were known for fusing English and Caribbean roots music.

The band have reformed for this project which explores Manchester’s largely forgotten traditional repertoire created during the industrial revolution. Many of the songs refer to specific places and events across Manchester and tell the stories of people living during the times of industrial development.

This song takes us on the march to Kersal Moor, back in 1838 for the great reformist rally that was a significant event on the road to reform.

The group will be performing at many festivals across the UK this summer, as well as playing pop-up gigs across Manchester.