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Dangerous Ideas – The View Bar – Southampton – 25/03/15

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Dangerous Ideas
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7:00pm - All Ages
The View Bar (map)
Sports Centre
Thornhill Road
Southampton, UK SO16 7AY

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John Ball by Sydney Carter


I am utterly in love with this song about John Ball, one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381.

I first heard it via Chris Wood and soon worked out a version of my own. Dolly May came up with some lovely harmonies and then one cheeky Sunday we ended up recording the song with the brilliant Nick Hart on concertina.

The melody is a traditional Northumberland tune, with lyrics written on the 300th anniversary in 1981 by Camden-based folk-singer Sydney Carter who died in 2004. He is best known for penning ‘Lord Of The Dance’ and most of the other songs I used to sing in Sunday School.