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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.