This music video from England says about itself:
Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band live at Colston Hall, Bristol on 21st November 2014
Nancy Kerr (vocals, violin, viola)
James Fagan (vocals, bouzouki, acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Rowan Rheingans (vocals, violin, viola, banjo, triangle, temple bells)
Tom Wright (vocals, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar)
Tim Yates (vocals, bass, melodeon)
By Luke James in Britain:
Folk singer in new Tolpuddle tribute
Tuesday 24th November 2015
Nancy Kerr, who holds the prestigious BBC folk singer of the year title, is one of six artists taking part in the Sweet Liberties tour, part of Parliament’s cultural programme to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.
Speaking to the Morning Star ahead of the first concert in Cambridge tonight, Ms Kerr revealed her highly personal interest in the martyrs’ story.
“We think that was almost certainly to a trade union.
“You wonder if we need another song about Tolpuddle, but there’s always a new way to tell that story. I’ve gone for something quite personal.”
The six farm workers now known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs were transported to Australia for the same “crime” — effectively joining a trade union — in 1834, before their return was secured by huge demonstrations.
Ms Kerr added: “People used to hide their convict ancestry, but this is a lot of people’s heritage. That’s a massive piece of working-class history and it’s still very close in people’s ancestral memory.”
Ms Kerr will also perform a new song about a Suffragette who hired a hot-air balloon to drop leaflets over Westminster in 1909.
Describing her new songs as “serious, sometimes quite dark and tragic,” she hopes they will have a “galvanising effect and make people want to get involved in politics.
“I’m a kind of fledgling as a overtly political artist, but I think the time is right for this,” she added.