Living With Machines

Sat May 11 2024 at 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm

The Portico Library | Manchester

The Portico Library
Publisher/HostThe Portico Library
Living With Machines
An evening of strike & worker ballads from the Industrial Revolution left forgotten in the British Library, now brought to life.
About this Event

Join us for a night of strike songs and worker Ballads from the North of England which lay forgotten in the British Library. Yorkshire-based Folk Musicians; Alice Jones (Piano, Harmonium, Body Percussion and Vocals), Simon Robinson (Dulcimer, Banjo and Vocals), Katy Ryder (Guitar, Flute, Whistles and Vocals) and Pete Dilley (Guitar, Bouzouki and Vocals) were tasked by Leeds Museum to put new music to the songs as part of their 2022 exhibition, ‘Living With Machines’. The newly recorded songs were played inside the exhibition space to give life to the artefacts around them, and tell some of the human stories connected to the rapid technological and socio-economic developments of the age.

Rescheduled from 2023 - affected by train strikes twice!

Supporting the recent release of the songs on an eagerly anticipated album, Living With Machines offer a night of rousing choruses, singing and foot-stomping opportunities, and songs which will delight as equally as pull at your very heartstrings.

Steve Tilston: “As someone who has put new music to old forgotten songs, I appreciate the skills that Living With Machines have drawn upon to make them work again as relevant and moving works. The new melodies sound like they were meant for the lyrics, while the subject matter of striking, hardships, and disasters will still resonate with modern listeners today. “

Sponsored by Zochonis Charitable Trust.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester, United Kingdom


GBP 12.50

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