The Enduring Inspiration of Songs of Struggle

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.

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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