Exploring Industrial Heritage Through Song
There now exists a Heart of the Forest Ballad. Written by Broadside Ballad Singer Jennifer Reid the song delves into the stories of local characters including Jimmie Grabber, Joseph Wilkes, Marquis of Hastings and the mysterious Tree Rabbits. Having researched local songs we discovered that, despite the strong folk culture in the area currently, singing within the industrial era was traditionally choral based. So in August Jennifer held a ballad writing workshop as part of Moira Furnace Folk Festival, focusing on gathering local stories and myths, which she then used as inspiration for ‘Th’ Heart O Th’ Forest’.
The plan is to continue exploring the local industrial heritage through song, so if you are interested in this topic and would like to find out more, we would love to hear from you.
And if you would like to receive a free riso printed copy of the ballad including an illustration by print-maker Dan Russell, just get in touch.