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Last updated:20 May 2015

Ewan MacColl - his life, his words, his music

Event location: Peel Hall, University of Salford

Date: 10th May 2015

Event time: 14:00 to 16:00

The Working Class Movement Library and the University of Salford mark the centenary of Salford's Ewan MacColl as he is brought to life by Mike Joyce, David Crellin and John Conolly.

In Ewan MacColl, his life, his words, his music David Crellin (The Cops, Emmerdale) and Mike Joyce (The Smiths) play MacColl at different stages of his life, and John Conolly (Fiddler's Green and Mr. Punch and Judy Man) sings the songs. With special guest appearances from Maxine Peake as both Joan Littlewood and Peggy Seeger!

Tickets £12 (£8 students) - pay on the door. All proceeds to the Library.


David Crellin
   David first became interested in acting with the Crucible Youth Theatre in Sheffield. He played Alan Wakefield in the Bafta award winning series The Cops for BBC2, was Billy Hopwood in ITV's Emmerdale and has provided Coronation Street with assorted gangsters and nerds...

Mike Joyce
    Mike is, of course, remembered as an essential member of Manchester’s iconic group The Smiths. He is now a DJ and has his own regular radio shows. He has recently been developing his acting and reading career by appearing on the radio in a play written by Maxine Peake and he starred, again with Peake, in the sell out show “Radical Readings and Salford Stories” at Salford University in aid of the Working Class Movement Library.

John Conolly
    John is old enough to remember working with Bob Blair, a founder member of MacColl’s “The Critics Group”. He has written hundreds of songs amongst them Fiddler’s Green, Sweet Thyme and Mister Punch and Judy Man several of which, much to the chagrin of his bank manager, are thought by many who sing them to be traditional airs.
 His work was very influenced by MacColl, particularly the songs inspired by the now long lost fishing trade of his native Grimsby. He has appeared in folk festivals throughout Great Britain and in Europe.

Maxine Peake
   Maxine, whose many TV appearances include roles in Dinnerladies, Shameless and Silk, recently trod the boards as Hamlet at Manchester's Royal Exchange. Her play Beryl, about cyclist legend Beryl Burton, will be visiting Salford's Lowry Theatre in November. She is a Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library.

Royston Futter
    Royston, who has conceived the show, selected the songs and readings and written the script is Secretary to The Trustees of the Working Class Movement Library on whose behalf this show is being performed. He was, as Director of the L.S. Lowry Centenary Festival in 1987, responsible for what he thinks may have been the only performance in Salford by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

NB Gerard Kearns has reluctanctly had to withdraw from the event due to filming commitments