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24 March 2010 | PR 10/57

WorkSongs by Eliza Carthy

Songs that at one time could be heard being sung in the factories, fields and shipyards of Britain, and which became forgotten or neglected as working practices changed in the mid 20th century, are, in true folk tradition to be revived in a one-off, unmissable performance by one of folk’s best loved performers, Eliza Carthy.

The songs (some dating as far back as 150 years) were rediscovered by Loughborough University’s Prof. Marek Korczynski and Prof. Mike Pickering, and Sheffield Hallam’s Dr Emma Robertson during the course of their three year research into the social history of music in the workplace, the findings of which are to be published by Cambridge University Press in a book Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain.  Prior to the performance Marek will give an introductory talk about the songs Eliza will sing and their role in social and workplace history.

WorkSongs is one of a number of events in Radar’s spring season of contemporary art based around themes of the workplace, music and history.  Nick Slater, Director of Radar says ”… we are very excited about Eliza’s performance.  This will be the first time some of these songs will have been heard live since they were sung in the workplaces themselves and to have one of folk’s ‘revivalists’ perform them is a fitting tribute and conclusion to the extensive research undertaken by Marek and his colleagues”.

Worksongs will be performed on Tuesday 4 May, 7.30pm at the Martin Hall Theatre, Loughborough University.  Tickets are £8 / £6 concessions and can be booked by calling (01509) 231914 or visiting www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk


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Notes for editors:

  1. Radar is Loughborough University’s contemporary arts programme, hosting three seasons of work each year.  Each season of commissions, talks, films and events is inspired by a particular area of research or inquiry being investigated by artists and academics.  The programme sets out to encourage creative exploration and critical debate, working, in particular, with artists whose practice seeks to reinterpret the relationship between artist, environment and spectator.

    Radar is not confined to a particular location, but inhabits a range of spaces across the University’s campus and local area, providing audiences with a range of opportunities to experience and engage with the work.

    For more information on this and all other arts events taking place at the University go to www.arts.lboro.ac.uk

  2. WorkSongs is part of a season of work titled The Sound of History.  Other events in the season:

    Ant-Bell, Ruth Ewan - Tuesday 23 March, 7pm
    A newly commissioned work by Radar, Ewan draws on the symbolic nature of bells in society in a ceremonial melting of an old bell at Taylor’s Bellfoundry in Loughborough.

    7 Inch Cinema at Radar - Wednesday 28 April, 6pm
    An eclectic evening of short films and clips to take you on an intriguing journey through the world of work including Philip Donnellan’s Joe the Chainsmith, Chambers/Ellitt’s Chasing the Blues and The Miner’s Song.

    For more information on these events contact Jenny Hall (as above).

  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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