The Carnival Band & Vivien Ellis: Protest Songs at Cecil Sharp House

23 Sep 2022 / Greater London


Date: 23 Sep 2022

Cost: Free

Details: 19:30 – 21:30 BST

Location: Cecil Sharp House 2 Regent's Park Road London NW1 7AY



Run by: Vivien Ellis

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A wealth of protest songs are celebrated in a unique free show, from The Carnival Band (feat. Vivien Ellis) and ‘Our Subversive Voice’, with a one-off set of songs celebrating English political protest through the ages, from 1600 to today.

Expect a riot of instruments, genres, and radical songs to span the centuries, accompanied by introductions and insights from Our Subversive Voice, a collective of historians and political scholars who have been charting this history of protest. Think Bellowhead meets Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, if Clark had been a punk.

This free show is accompanied by a new exhibition on the protest song at Cecil Sharp House, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The website is a fantastic resource, with information, recordings, and lyrics on more than 750 English protest songs, plus case studies of songs and themes, and interviews with songwriters.