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Fishing in the Dustbowl

Event location: Peel Hall, University of Salford

Date: 5th Jun 2016

Event time: 14:00 to 16:00

The Working Class Movement Library in conjunction with the University of Salford is extremely pleased to invite you to its second musical fundraising concert.  It features Will Kaufman, performing and talking about some of his Woody Guthrie songs, and John Conolly performing and talking about  his own songs about life and work in the east coast fishing industry. We are promised a couple of  Ewan MacColl’s songs as well...

Will Kaufman

Will Kaufman

A singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire, Will is the author of the first political biography of Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, American radical (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2011). He has two further books on Guthrie forthcoming in 2017. Most recently, Will unearthed Guthrie's previously unpublished lyrics condemning the racism of his landlord, Fred C. Trump - Donald Trump's father.

John Conolly is an internationally-respected singer-songwriter, whose compositions have been performed and recorded by many well-known artists. Many of his songs, like the classic “Fiddler‘s Green” and “The Trawling Trade”, have a tang of the sea, and a particular flavour of the east coast of England where his grandfather and great-grandfather were shipwrights on the banks of the River Humber. Several of his songs have so passed into the folk legend that they appear as “Trad” in some albums - much to the annoyance of John’s accountant (and wife) Vere.

John Conolly

John Conolly



Tickets at £10 (£8 concessions) now on sale at http://shop.salford.ac.uk/.

Tickets will also be available on the door.




This is a Manchester Histories Festival event - Manchester Histories Festival

Manchester Histories Festival 3-12 June 2016
Ten days  of  events  celebrating  the  familiar  and  revealing  the  new  and hidden  histories  and  heritage  from  across  Greater  Manchester.  Whether people  would  describe  themselves  as  histories  fans  or  not,  MHF2016  will have something for everyone. manchesterhistories.co.uk

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