Mr Corvan’s Music Hall

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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.

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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 d1harker@btinternet.com

More details about the Corvan show are on https://www.mrcorvansmusichall.co.uk

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.

 

 

 

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's 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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