The people's music: from street ballads to music hall in nineteenth century Bristol

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Date: 17 May 2018
Venue: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN
Time: 18:00 - 19:30

UWE Bristol Regional History Centre and M Shed Seminar Programme 2017-18; in partnership with M Shed, the Regional History Centre, runs a monthly evening research seminar in the Learning Studio at M Shed, Bristol. All the seminars are held on a Thursday, start at 18:00 and are free to attend.

About the event

The People's Music: From Street Ballads to Music Hall in Nineteenth Century Bristol - Nick Nourse

The nineteenth century was a period of significant change in the music of the people. Most notable of those changes was the advent of music hall. Legislated into being so as to separate drama and high society from the popular music of 'the people', it was a roaring success across the country, followed, somewhat reluctantly, by Bristol. Here, the city hung on to its pubs and 'convivials', and to its simplest form of the people's music: street ballad singers.

Targetted by the city's law-makers as beggars rather than entertainers, they and their songs were – mostly ineffectually – banned from the streets, but singers were occasionally gaoled for their efforts. This paper will examine the people's music in nineteenth century Bristol in terms of performers, venues and the music itself.

Dr Nick Nourse is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Bristol.

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There is no registration required for this event. Read about past and recorded Regional History Centre seminars.

Cost: Free
Contact: Professor Steve Poole

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