The People's Music: From Street Ballads to Music Hall in Nineteenth-Century Bristol

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Abstract

The nineteenth century was a period of significant change in the music of the people. Most
notable of those changes was the advent of music hall. Legislated into being so as to
separate drama and high society from the popular music of ‘the people’, it was a roaring
success across the country, followed, somewhat reluctantly, by Bristol. Here, the city hung
on to its pubs and ‘convivials,’ and to its simplest form of the people’s music: street ballad singers. Targeted by the city’s law-makers as beggars rather than entertainers, they and their songs were – mostly ineffectually – banned from the streets. This paper will examine the people’s music in nineteenth century Bristol in terms of performers, venues and the music itself.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 17 May 2018
EventThe People's Music: From Street Ballads to Music Hall in Nineteenth Century
Bristol
- M Shed, Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 May 201817 May 2018
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/regionalhistorycentre/seminarseries.aspx

Seminar

SeminarThe People's Music: From Street Ballads to Music Hall in Nineteenth Century
Bristol
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBristol
Period17/05/1817/05/18
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Keywords

  • Music
  • Popular Music
  • Nineteenth century
  • BRISTOL
  • WORKING-CLASS

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