Mr Corvan’s Music Hall


Ned Corvan was the first singing and song-writing star on Tyneside and for some distance beyond. He died in 1865. A play about him Mr Corvan’s Music Hall,  based on the biographical work undertaken by Dave Harker, will be touring the North East in May and June.


Harker  is publishing his Cat-Gut Jim. Ned Corvan’s Life & Times as a  208-page, A4, full-colour book as  a not-for-profit, not-for-royalties and not-for-wages book, with a short print-run. Pre-orders will cost £15.

Corvan inspired a later performer Joe Wilson. Harker is also publishing  The Gallowgate Lad. Joe Wilson’s Life & Songs, as an a 188-page, A4, full-colour book and will also be available for £15 for pre-orders only.

If you would like to order one or both books please contact Dave Harker at

More details about the Corvan show are on

Dave Harker has been a prolific writer on folk music and industrial struggle. He co-edited the  Big Red Song Book (1977) published One for the Money: politics and popular song (1980), Fakesong: the Manufacture of British ‘folksong,’ 1700 to the present day, (1985)’ co-edited the Open University Press’s Popular Music in Britain series, edited Songs from the Manuscript Collection of John Bell and Songs and Verse of the North East Pitmen, c.1780-1844 (1985 & 1999), published Tressell: The Real Story of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2003), and co-authored The Flying Pickets. The 1972 builders’ strike and the Shrewsbury trials (2008). He has been Secretary of the North East Shop Stewards’ Network.





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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