Author: Jennifer Reid
Cover Design & Typesetting: PARIAH PRESS
Print: Inkjet Digital
Published: July 2018
A Selection of Nineteenth Century Broadside Ballads from Collections in Manchester is a considered introduction to the subject of historical newsprint and song from the pre-eminent broadside balladeer of the Manchester region – Jennifer Reid. In this, her debut publication, Jennifer has selected fourteen of her favourite, most beguilling, broadside ballads. Each is presented with a commentary from the author alongside a reproduction of the original ballad with a woodcut adornment.
Political and timely in their content and context, the study of broadside ballads remains relevant today as an exploration of the forces that continue to shape modern Britain. Read as an educational aid or an indispensable introduction for the layman this is an essential addition to scholarship of the Working Classes and the Industrial Revolution.
J.E. Reid is a broadside ballad singer and historian. In recent years she has made appearances all over the world, performing captivating renditions in the nineteenth century broadside tradition. Jennifer has wowed audiences at the Venice Biennale, Creative Time Sumit – NYC, Basel’s Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Brussels’ La Loge Theatre, Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, London’s South Bank Centre, Manchester Halle St. Peter’s, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the BBC’s Newsnight and The Hairy Bikers – The Pubs That Built Britain. She has worked on many projects with the Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller.
“Jennifer as a performer and writer breathes life back into these fascinating songs that vividly describe the tumultuous environment of the industrial north west. Taking their subject matter from the urban street and people the ballad effectively bridges the gap between folk and pop music as we know it today.”
“Jenn’s extensive research to unearth hidden ballads is impressive. To then hear her pure strong voice singing them is a joy indeed. Everyone at the Working Class Movement Library is delighted to be associated with her.”
Working Class Movement Library
“I have enjoyed studying her carefully selected ballads and noting the themes that link them together. I shall certainly be adding some to my own repertoire for future performance.”