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Three Acres And A Cow – Organiclea – Chingford, London – 28/09/19

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Saturday, September 28, 2019
5:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Organiclea (map)
Hawkwood Nursery
115 Hawkwood Crescent
Chingford, London, UK E4 7UH

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Three Acres And A Cow – St. Margaret’s House Hall – London – 21/05/19

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
7:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
St. Margaret's House Hall (map)
21 Old Ford Road
Bethal Green, London E2 9PL

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The Blackstone-Edge Song by Ernest Jones – Chartist Song 1846

Blackstone Edge is the site of a famous Chartist gathering where Ernest Jones addressed 30,000 people on 2nd August 1846 – every year people still gather here to sing this song (and a few others!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86orh7GOLcs – you can find more about this annual gathering here – http://blackstoneedgegathering.org.uk/?page_id=12

To the tune of ‘Battle of Hohenlinden’ –

O’er plains and cities far away,
All lorn and lost the morning lay,
When sunk the sun at break of day,
In smoke of mill and factory.

But waved the wind on Blackstone height
A standard of the broad sunlight,
And sung, that morn, with trumpet might,
A sounding song of Liberty.

And grew the glorious music higher,
When pouring with his heart on fire,
Old Yorkshire came, with Lancashire,
And all its noblest chivalry.

The men, who give,—not those, who take;
The hands, that bless,—yet hearts that break;
Those toilers for their foemen’s sake;
Our England’s true nobility!

So brave a host hath never met,
For truth shall be their bayonet,
Whose bloodless thrusts shall scatter yet
The force of false finality!

Though hunger stamped each forehead spare,
And eyes were dim with factory glare,
Loud swelled the nation’s battle prayer,
Of—death to class monopoly!

Then every eye grew keen and bright,
And every pulse was dancing light,
For every heart had felt its might
The might of labour’s chivalry.

And up to Heaven the descant ran,
With no cold roof ‘twixt God and man,
To dash back from its frowning span,
A church prayer’s listless blasphemy.

How distant cities quaked to hear,
When rolled from that high hill the cheer,
Of—Hope to slaves! to tyrants fear!
And God and man for liberty!

Three Acres And A Cow – Quaker Meeting House – Edinburgh – 03/03/19

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Sunday, March 3, 2019
2:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
Quaker Meeting House (map)
7 Victoria Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 2JL

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Three Acres And A Cow – Quarterhouse – Folkestone, Kent – 06/09/18

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Thursday, September 6, 2018
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Buy Tickets
Where
49 Tontine Street
Folkestone, Kent, UK CT20 1BN

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Three Acres And A Cow – Unity Hall – Islington, London – 23/06/18

Advanced sales are now closed – there will be tickets available on the door

Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/625894571082257/

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Buy Tickets
Where
Unity Hall (map)
277a Upper Street
Islington, London N1 2TZ

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Three Acres And A Cow – Regather – Sheffield , South Yorkshire – 22/03/18

SOLD OUT – there won’t be any tickets on the door for tonight’s show sorry
next Sheffield outing will be http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/whats-on/events/2018/5/live-late-dissent

facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/401774653577025/

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Thursday, March 22, 2018
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Where
Regather (map)
57-59 Club Garden Road
Sheffield, UK S11 8BU
Other Info
details coming soon

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Three Acres And A Cow – Caroline Street Social Club – Shipley, West Yorkshire – 16/03/18

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Friday, March 16, 2018
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Where
Caroline Street Social Club (map)
Caroline Street
Saitaire
Shipley, West Yorkshire, UK BD18 3JZ
Other Info
Hosted by Shipley Labour Party

More details TBA

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Three Acres and a Cow – Brunswick Methodist Church – Newcastle Upon Tyne – 20/01/18

What
Three Acres and a Cow
When
Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:30pm
-
All Ages
Buy Tickets
Where
Brunswick Methodist Church (map)
Brunswick Place

Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7BJ

Other Info
Featuring Roo Bramley and storyteller Tim Ralphs

https://www.facebook.com/events/598612620470641/

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Three Acres And A Cow – The Old School Rooms – Hackney, London – 18/11/17

****advanced sales have been closed – there will be tickets available on the door****

facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1988656644738157/

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Saturday, November 18, 2017
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Where
The Old School Rooms (map)
2 Powerscroft Road
Hackney, London E5 0PU
Other Info
more details soon

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Three Acres And A Cow – Graceworks – Leicester – 10/11/17

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Friday, November 10, 2017
TBC
-
All Ages
Where
Graceworks (map)
Wycliffe URC
The Common,
Evington, Leicester, UK LE5 6EA
Other Info
more details TBC

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Marking the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter Of The Forest in Sherwood Forest with a sing-a-long

Robin and Roo will be leading a sing-a-long this Sunday by The Major Oak in Sherwood Forest to mark the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Charter Of The Forest and linking this to land rights, fracking and universal basic income in our present day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/530204757394442/

What’s the Charter Of The Forest, I hear you say… see hear for more information… https://thenewputneydebates.com/

Three Acres And A Cow – Rook Lane – Frome, Somerset – 26/10/17

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Thursday, October 26, 2017
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Where
Rook Lane (map)
Bath Street

Frome, Somerset, UK BA11 1DN

Other Info
Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN

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Epping Forest District Museum presents – Lopping Hall – Loughton, Essex – 21/10/17

What
Epping Forest District Museum presents
When
Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:00am
-
All Ages
Buy Tickets
Where
Lopping Hall (map)
High Road
Loughton, Essex, UK IG10 4LN
Other Info
tickets from http://eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/book/add/p/62/

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Three Acres And A Cow – Monkton Wyld Court – Charmouth, Dorset – 07/10/17

Tickets from http://www.threeacresandacow.co.uk/monkton-wyld

Make a day of it and come along to the LandBase Skill Share on Saturday 7th October. Full details here: http://land-base.weebly.com/events.html

 

What
Three Acres And A Cow
When
Saturday, October 7, 2017
7:00pm
-
All Ages
Where
Monkton Wyld Court (map)
Elsdon’s Lane

Charmouth, Dorset, UK DT6 6DQ

Other Info
Make a day of it and come along to the LandBase Skill Share on Saturday 7th October. Full details here: http://land-base.weebly.com/events.html

Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Bridport, DT6 6DQ

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Song about the Swing Riots – Owslebury lads

Lovely track about the Swing Riots

In 1830, on November the 23rd, there was a riot in Owslebury. This was part of the wave of discontent among agricultural workers which had spread across southern England and expressed itself as the Swing Riots. A large mob formed and moved from farm to farm demanding money and threatening to destroy agricultural machinery. At Rosehill they assaulted Lord Northesk’s steward, Moses Stanbrook, wrecked a winnowing machine, and extorted £5. John Boyes, a local farmer, accompanied the mob demanding that farmers and landlords sign an undertaking which read “We, the undersigned, are willing to give 2s. per day to our married labourers, and 9s. per week to single men, in consideration of having our rent and tithes abated in proportion”. At Marwell Hall the lady of the house, Mrs. Alice Long, gave the mob £5 and signed John’s document. Eventually the mob retreated to Owslebury Down. Nine people had signed John Boyes’ document.

The rioters were tried in Winchester at the end of the year and several were executed. There was a good deal of sympathy for John Boyes and he was twice acquitted before eventually being found guilty and sentenced to be transported to Van Diemen’s Land for seven years. The trials were reported in The Times in December 1830 and January 1831. John Boyes did not complete his sentence. In 1835 the Home Secretary, Lord Melbourne, pardoned him and he returned home to his wife, Faith, and their children, in June of that year to continue farming in Owslebury. He died in Hensting in 1856.

Let’s Lock Ourselves Here For A While

We had the pleasure of singing for Frack Free Lancashire and Reclaim The Power on Friday. During the show, Robin had an excuse to teach the audience a song he wrote for Newham Woodcraft Folk group last year called ‘Let’s Lock Ourselves Here For A While‘. Here are the lyrics and a recording so anyone who wants to learn it can:

 

D G
I’ve a hundred old bike locks and they won’t undo
A D
Any idea who I could give them to?
D G
It’s a nice sunny day in the countryside
A D
Lets lock ourselves here for a while

So sorry Mr Big Truck what is that you say
Something quite cross about us being in your way
The birds are enjoying the day from the trees
Lets lock ourselves here for a while

No we ain’t going nowhere, let’s climb up the trees
Someone must stick up for the birds and the bees
The poor have no lawyers, the trees have no rights
Lets lock ourselves here for a while

Mr blue badge and truncheon is also upset
Doesn’t seem that grace has quite got to him yet
Filmed by a smart phone as he beats up Dave
who locked himself here for a while

They arrested our Caroline it made the lead news
One day the greens will out number the blues
Well in the meantime we’ll do what we must
Lets lock ourselves here for a while

Chorus

Mr suit and tie construction has a seat in the Lords
Our tattered democracy just filed for divorce
One day the people will speak out as one
until then we’ll be locked here a while

Short performance @ Seed Festival – Hawkwood College – Stroud, Gloucestershire – 08/07/17

Katherine Hallewell, Robin Grey and Owen Shiers will be leading an hours sing-a-long at this lovely festival in Stroud.

You can get £69 early bird tickets until 30th April from http://bit.ly/seedfest.

More info and stay in the loop via
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SeedFestival/
Facebook Event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/140554959738568/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/SeedFestival  

What
Short performance @ Seed Festival
When
Saturday, July 8, 2017
TBC
-
All Ages
Where
Hawkwood College (map)
Painswick Old Road
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 7QW
Other Info
We'll be there leading a rabble rousing sing-a-long

http://www.seedfestival.co.uk/

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Streetgoat presents – All Hallows Hall – Bristol – 13/05/17

We are performing from 5-7pm, followed by food then a ceilidh!

tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/get-your-goat-street-goat-party-tickets-33652959909

facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1314764418613851/

What
Streetgoat presents
When
Saturday, May 13, 2017
TBC
-
All Ages
Where
13 All Hallows Road, Easton
Bristol BS5 0HH
Other Info
More details soon

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Petition of the Pigs in Kent

More info at a folk song a week blog – https://afolksongaweek.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/week-103-petition-of-the-pigs-in-kent/

Original text in 1809 magazine can be found here

Petition of the Pigs in Kent

Ye owners of woodlands, with all due submission,
We humbly beg leave to present our petition,
That you will be pleas’d to recall your decree,
Which tells us that acorns no longer are free.

In Sussex and Surrey and Middlesex too,
Pigs may ramble at large without such ado;
And why, then, in Kent should pretences be found,
To drive us like culprits and thieves to the pound,

Since we, and our fathers, and others before ‘em,
Have rang’d in your woods, with all proper decorum?
No poachers are we, for no game we annoy
No hares we entrap, and no pheasants decoy;

Contented are we, if an acorn we find,
Nor wish for a feast of a daintier kind.
Besides, we are told (and perhaps not mistaken)
That you and your friends love a slice of good bacon;

But if of good bacon you all love a slice,
If pigs are to starve, how can bacon be nice?
For these and for other wise reasons of state,
We again our petition most humbly repeat,

Ye owners of woodlands, with all due submission,
We humbly beg leave to present our petition,
That you will repeal this severest of laws,
So your woods shall resound to our grunting applause.