Graham Moore has written a number of brilliant songs about historical figures and events including one about Tom Paine and this one about the Tolpuddle Martyrs who got on the wrong side of the establishment for starting a workers’ union in the 1830’s.
His album is really good and can be bought from the usual suspects – iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.
He seems to be without website at the moment and I need to check to see if he minds me posting some lyrics up here.
In the meantime have a listen to this –
I set my friend Tim Graham the challenge of learning one of Graham’s songs about the Tolpuddle Martyrs called ‘Road To Dorchester’ and this is what he came up with:
The Long Affray: The Poaching Wars in Britain
by Harry Hopkins
Published in 1985, this life changing book was given to me by Sam Lee.
“A beautiful telling of the age-old battle between peasant and landowner where for the price of a rabbit or a pheasant men were murdered, transported as convicts and executed.
This ancient struggle over game was not just about food for the poor poachers and their families, it was about social rank and the power of the landed gentry, the burgeoning class politics of the time and the harsh realities of rural life.”