Monday 30 October 2017:

Singing the News in Tudor England

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The vernacular words and unpretentious tunes of sixteenth-century ballads meant that they were accessible to everyone, making them an important resource for the reconstruction of popular attitudes to a variety of subjects. In the absence of a periodical press, these memorable songs used rhyme and melody to sell stories and news. This paper will use live musical examples to demonstrate how the performance of ballads enabled debate about current affairs, despite restrictions on free speech.


Tuesday 31 October 2017:

The Reformation: Who Gives a Fig?

John Rylands Library, Manchester

I will be singing lots of Tudor ballads, but there are lots of other things going on in the library too!  Admission is free but booking is essential via their website.

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Tuesday 13 March 2018, 5pm:

Singing the News: Ballads in Mid-Tudor England

AKS Library Lectures, Lytham St Anne’s.

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