The Luddite Wake

On 19 January 2013, in the Black Swan pub in York, York Alternative History organised a ‘wake’ for the Luddites executed in 1813. At the same time, we celebrated the group’s 1st Birthday, as we were started in January 2012. Martin Bashforth acted as MC and added a couple of songs. In the first half, he was aided and abetted by Gary Craig’s songs, Laura Potts reading from Arundhati Roy, Michael Terwey on guitar in duo with Katie Graham on cello, Marion Mingins declaiming a lively poem, Theo Simon (visiting from Seize the Day), while the half was finished loud and lusty by duo James Bar Bowen (from Huddersfield) and John Vaughan (from York). In the second half, Martin was followed by Phil Cerny (from the Black Swan Folk Club), a story from Cath Heinemeyer, more songs from Josiah Mortimer, a rousing rendition from local poet Henry Raby and it all ended in storming fashion with trio Ben Young, Richard Lane and Ginevra House (half of York band, Reason Breeds Monsters). Pure magic! We must do this again.

Is anybody coming, Helen?

Is anybody coming, Helen?

Martin reads from Joe Corrie

Martin reads from Joe Corrie

Gary sings

Gary sings

Laura reads

Laura reads

Michael and Katie

Michael and Katie

Marion the poet

Marion the poet

Theo sings

Theo sings

James and John rock

James and John rock

Martin's voice is fading!

Martin’s voice is fading!

Phil gets the monochrome touch

Phil gets the monochrome touch

Cath tells it how it was once upon a time

Cath tells it how it was once upon a time

Josiah gets us going

Josiah gets us going

Henry delivers the message

Henry delivers the message

Rich, Gin and Ben of Reason Breeds Monsters

Rich, Gin and Ben of Reason Breeds Monsters

And RBM send us on our way!

And RBM send us on our way!

AND THEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT!!

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