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Thread #162917   Message #3889429
Posted By: Jim Carroll
20-Nov-17 - 07:50 AM
Thread Name: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
Subject: RE: What is Happening to our Folk Clubs
"i think in Ireland although there will be regional differences, "
Nope
English workers were writing songs in their thousands right through the 19th century
The situation is Ireland as far as song making was concerned really was no different than that in England
Go check Tommy Armstrong (miner) or Samuel Bamford and Samuel Laycock (weavers)
A quote about working poets in the Victorian period

"In the Victorian period, galvanized by the Chartist movement from the 1830s to the 1850s, working-class poets increasingly identified their literary work with working-class politics. As scholar Peter Scheckner points out, "Chartist poems were read every week by hundreds of thousands of active Chartist workers and supporters throughout England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; the ideas and commitment behind these works were translated month by month into political action." The Chartist movement is represented in the exhibit by the work of Gerald Massey and Ebenezer Jones, both of whom also worked for the Chartist press. "
Jim Carroll