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Song of the Lower Classes

from Roots&Branches by GreenMatthews



Another song which was originally a poem. Ernest Jones was one of the leaders of the mid-19thC Chartist movement and wrote this critique of the Victorian economic system while detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure for sedition. Chris wrote the melody and would be grateful to hear from anyone who can tell him which time signature it’s in. We learned
The Tumblers’ Hornpipe from Becky Price of Boldwood in a pub session in around 2008.


from Roots&Branches, released September 11, 2019
Chris: voice, mandocello, Renaissance cittern
Sophie: voice, English border bagpipes


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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more


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