The Enduring Inspiration of Songs of Struggle
A presentation by Bethany Elen Coyle
This talk takes place at the AGM of the North East Labour History Society
Tuesday 22 September
Lecture Theatre of the Mining Institute
(next to Lit & Phil, near Station Hotel).
The AGM will begin at 7.00 pm and tea & coffee will be served in the Mining Institute Library from 6.15pm. The new North East History Journal will be available for paid up members and there will ample opportunity for ‘ cash members’ to pay subs.
Following the formal and speedy business of the AGM, the guest lecture will take the form of Coyle’s presentation.
Folksong has always been a way of giving voice to the struggles and hopes of working people. Songs written to reflect particular events or causes often express universal sentiments which continue to resonate. As well as performing some songs, Bethany will be exploring their origins, illustrating the way in which they have been adopted and adapted by subsequent generations, and demonstrating how folksong can still be a vehicle for articulating contemporary issues.
Bethany is a freelance musician and activist. After graduating in Folk & Traditional Music at Newcastle University, she became North East Regional Co-ordinator for Journey to Justice. She is the founder and leader of the North East Socialist Singers.