Culture vultures take note: February sees the release of Manchester’s Improving Daily, a compliation of rare historical songs (Broadsides) recorded with a modern twist by roots and reggae collective, Edward II. Following on from a showcase of Broadside ballads at the Angel last year, Edward II will be performing live at this, their biggest showcase to date. The songs, which date back to the era of the industrial revolution, are known as the Manchester Broadside Ballads. Originally sung on the streets, in pubs, and in market halls, the ballads were channel for news and social commentary to be circulated among the working classes. They provide a rare glimpse into the lives of Victorian people, and songs such as ‘Peterloo’ illustrate the hard times and struggles for better conditions. Mixed in with Edward II’s modern arrangements, the Bury-born balladeer Jennifer Reid will also be singing several of the songs in the style they would have originally been performed. The event is ticketed and the price includes a signed copy of new album.

Thu 18 Feb, Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD, 6.30pm, £20,

Thu 18 Feb
A. James Simpkin
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Tue 16 Feb 2016