Top Kid

moving panorama

I am delighted to share our first film from the Moving Panorama performance at People’s History Museum with the Booth Centre as part of Manchester Histories Featuring Roy Johnson, Matt Hill/ Quiet Loner With artwork led by artist Lois Blackburn…. Look out for more films in the next while…

A TOP KID (Lyrics by Roy Johnson, music Matt Hill)

 Fightin a cause,                            on no ones bid
A union boy fought                      for an xtra quid
Shouted in the bosses kipper     he no hid
Ended in the big house,              2 years he did


Campaigned for the workers, stood up for the men

Like others had before him and like others will again

His name was Ricky Tommo and we’ll remember him

He’s a top top kid, He’s a top top kid, He’s a top kid

A mixed race lad        a freed slave Dad
Worked as a tailor     when times waz bad
Three times he wed   three times a cad
Van Diemans land     His end waz sad

Campaigned for the workers, stood up for the men

Like others had before him and like others will again

His name was William Cuffay and we’ll remember him

He’s a top top kid, He’s a top top kid, He’s a top kid 

BRIDGE
Top top kid                         Top top kid

Top top top top, top top top top kid

Top top top top, top top top top kid

A Glazgie boy             Jock waz a rock
Morning Star              rolled up in iz sock
What a man                like a barrel and a lock
Hated the bosses       with their shares and stock

Campaigned for the workers, stood up for the men

Like others had before him and like others will again

His name was Jock the rock and we’ll remember him

He’s a top top kid, He’s a top top kid He’s a top kid

[Bridge to playout]

Cover photo, thanks to Jenny White.

Panorama

moving panorama
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The People’s History Museum,  by Bella Inman

Our new project ‘Panorama’ was due to start today at The Booth Centre, Manchester, with an afternoon trip to The People’s History Museum. Unfortunately the ‘Beast from the East,’ has put a delay to that, Matt and I stranded in snowy Derbyshire.

Panorama,  is  a project work with people with lived experience of homelessness. Combining visual art, songwriting and performance to create scrolling artworks (Moving Panoramas). Together with songwriter Matt Hill (The Quiet Loner) we will find creative ways to embed history & creative writing into artwork and art & music into history, allowing participants to inhabit another skin and leave homelessness at the door. The resulting work, including a filmed live performance to the public, will be exhibited and archived to create a lasting legacy.  Matt and I are looking forward to the starting the project next week. Our best wishes to everyone rough sleeping in these freezing temperatures.

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The Booth Centre, Manchester