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Dave Harker – First Tuesday: The Tyneside c19 singer-songwriter, Ned Corvan
4 April 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Ned Corvan was a comedian, virtuoso violinist and artist whose songs included The Cullercoats Fish Lass, Fishermen Hung The Monkey (he started the Hartlepool Monkey Legend) and the first popular protest song Toon Improvement Bill. In 1851 he published two songs on one sheet in support of the Tyne seamen who had gone on strike for a living wage. His The Queen Has Sent A Letter commented on the deaths of 204 men and boys at Hartley Colliery and the song made him popular across the Northumberland and Durham coalfields. In all he wrote at least 120 songs yet Ned is hardly known today, even in Newcastle.
Dave Harker is the author of Cat-Gut Jim The Fiddler. Ned Corvan’s Life & Songs which will be published by Wisecrack Publications at the end of this month. He is also the author of ten other books including Gannin to Blaydon Races! The Life of George Ridley and he edited the Open University Press Popular Music in Britain series.
Ed Waugh’s new play Mr Corvan’s Music Hall is based on Cat-Gut Jim and begins touring in the North East on 25 May, here is the link to the venues and dates https://www.mrcorvansmusichall.co.uk/tour-dates