A Selection of Nineteenth Century
From Collections in Manchester

Author: J.E. Reid
Design & Publication: PARIAH PRESS

Publication Date: April 2015
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Categories: History & Education

ISBN: 9780993037832


Industry as niver stops,
Is it shawls or whippet dogs,
Or is it just the ring o’ clogs!

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A Selection of Nineteenth Century Broadside Ballads from Collections in Manchester is a considered introduction to the subject of historical newsprint and song from the pre-eminent broadside balladress of the Manchester region – Jennifer Reid. In this, her debut publication, Jennifer has selected fifteen of her favourite, most beguilling, broadside ballads. Each is presented with a commentary from the author alongside a reproduction of the original ballad with a woodcut adornment.

Political and timely in their content and context, the study of broadside ballads remains relevant today as an exploration of the forces that continue to shape modern Britain. Read as an educational aid or an indispensable introduction for the layman this is an essential addition to scholarship of the Working Classes and the Industrial Revolution.

J.E. Reid is a twenty two year old broadside ballad singer. In the last two years she has made appearances throughout Europe, performing captivating renditions in the nineteenth century broadside tradition. Jennifer has wowed audiences at the Venice Biennale, Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, Halle St. Peter’s, Manchester Metropolitan University, the BBC’s Newsnight and The Hairy Bikers – The Pubs That Built Britain. She has worked closely on many projects with the Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller.

• J.E. Reid performing at the 56th Venice Biennale •


 ~ • Praise For A Selection of Nineteenth Century Broadside Ballads
from Collections in Manchester • ~

“Jennifer as a performer and writer breathes life back into these fascinating songs that vividly describe the tulmultous environment of the industrial north west. Taking their subject matter from the urban street and people the ballad effectively bridges the gap between folk and pop music as we know it today.”
Jeremy Deller – artist

“Jenn’s extensive research to unearth hidden ballads is impressive. To then hear her pure strong voice singing them is a joy indeed. Everyone at the Working Class Movement Library is delighted to be associated with her.”
Lynette Cawthra – Manager, Working Class Movement Library

“Jennifer’s passion for these amazing songs and the people who created them is evident throughout this work. This publication is not only insightful, but also intelligently put together featuring a superb collection of some of the best broadside ballads.”
Gavin Sharp – CEO, Band on The Wall

“It is often said that you can tell a great deal about a people’s history by studying their songs. Jennifer Reid doesn’t just study their songs, she sings them too, and in the process she brings history alive!”
Dr. Michael Sanders – Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature, University of Manchester

“I have enjoyed studying her carefully selected ballads and noting the themes that link them together. I shall certainly be adding some to my own repertoire for future performance.”
Mike Dowdingfolk multi-instrumentalist

“Jennifer Reid has two great qualities… She has the most authentic interest in the arts of the industrial revolution, which are so often songs, passed on in performances, sometimes written; the lives of the working people who crushed into our industrial cities can be touched by the rhythm of the cotton looms and the sound of clogs on cobblestones. Most importantly, she is a performer who sings her songs with a presence and makes them come alive. As a singer Jennifer leaves us with the thought that we are listening to these tunes, and these histories, this qualifies her as an artist and I much admire her.”
Ed Hall – Trade Union & campaign banner maker

“I caught a heart-stopping performance in this slot (at the Venice Biennale 2015) by Jennifer Reid, a singer who has researched and discovered such songs in Chetham’s library in Manchester. One of the songs, meant for entertainment after a day’s grind in the cotton mills, is called A Prophecy for 1973 (probably composed in 1873) and it is a corker.”
Charlotte Higgins – The Guardian

“I saw (at the Venice Biennale 2015) Jeremy Deller’s Broadsides And Ballads Of The Industrial Revolution, expertly performed by Manchester’s Jennifer Reid.”
Phil Miller – The Herald

“Perhaps the star of All The World’s Futures (Venice Biennale) was the a capella vocal performance Broadsides and Ballads of the Industrial Revolution (2015), part of Deller’s presentation in the arena. The humble, celebratory balladress Jennifer Reid deserves mention not merely as a transmitter, but as an artist who took centre-stage to make this work happen. She evoked the humanity that is often missing in the digital age: a humanity that is lost in favour of quantity over quality, objectification over personalisation, throwaway commodification over permanence and, sadly, the rich and powerful over the proletariat.”
Jade Montserrat – a-n.co.uk

“Three ballads sung successfully and heartbreaking by artist Jennifer Reid (at the Venice Biennale 2015). They texts written during the life of the workers and told of a boy of six was sent to work in a textile factory, 13-year-old girl pushing carts coal mine and weaving. The appalling conditions of poverty and hunger and slavery conditions well mention the reason at the time thought the communist revolution will break out in England.”
Smadar Sheffi – The Window


~ • Press & Ephemera • ~

• A Selection of Nineteenth Century Broadside Ballads
from Collections in Manchester – Press Release •


 ~ • Trade • ~

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