The English tradition of popular song has had a massive influence on world music, not least in folk and blues. In the run up to the anniversary of Peterloo, this event, introduced by Michael Wood, will include songs from the Peasants’ Revolt and the Civil War, newly discovered songs from Peterloo, right up to today, performed by the legendary folk singer Steve Knightley. Steve Knightley is part of the phenomenally successful SHOW OF HANDS duo: more than two decades on the road. 25 album releases. 2 Honorary Doctorates, 3 BBC Folk Awards, 4 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia.
Festival talks by Michael Wood
Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will tell fascinating tales from our early history: Augustine of Canterbury and the coming of Christianity, Theodore of Tarsus, the golden age of Northumbria, the Lady of the Mercians, Alfred, Athelstan, and the Norman Conquest; stories of men and women, kings and peasants, of the beginning of English literature and art, and the origins of England.