Freeborn John – Derngate, Northampton

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect tonight, reviews of last night were somewhat uninspiring, however it had been the first night which might help explain things. Freeborn John is a folk-opera by Rev Hammer about the life of John Lilburne with a supporting cast of people like New Model Army, The Levellers, and Maddy Prior and many others.

Despite my misgivings, nearly everything went well, the only noticable cock-up was when Simon Friend made a complete mess of his duet with Maddy Prior, I reckon he was pissed. All in all a thoroughly good evening, although a little short.

Same again on Saturday in London.

Setlist:

Bishop Bray Speech (Stephen Burden)
Pillory Scene (Rev Hammer)
Whipping Song (Phil Johnstone)
Battle of Brentford (Justin Sullivan)
Elizabeth’s Great Gallop (Maddy Prior & Simon Friend)
Return to London (Rory McLeod)
England’s New Chains (Rev Hammer)
Oliver Cromwell Speech (Harry S Fulcher)
Bonny Besses (Rose Kemp)

Bishop Bray Speech (Stephen Burden)
Burford Stomp (The Levellers)
Oliver Cromwell Speech (Harry S Fulcher)
Lowlands of Holland (The Levellers)
Exile (Rev Hammer)
Every Woman’s Pain (Maddy Prior & Rose Kemp)
Return from Exile (Rory McLeod)
Rumour & Rapture (New Model Army)
Seventeen Years of Sorrow (Maddy Prior)
Lilburne’s Death Song (Rev Hammer)
Valediction

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7 Responses to Freeborn John – Derngate, Northampton

  1. Father says:

    So this is what your ground-rent is being spent on!

  2. Steve says:

    How’s the pickled egg?

  3. Steve says:

    1 Litre of Malt Vinegar, add whole cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cloves,black peppercorns, ground allspice and ground chillies and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a pickling jar and add 15 peeled hard boiled eggs and leave for 2 weeks before eating. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  4. rich says:

    I’m not sure I’d be able to wait for two weeks :)

  5. Steve says:

    I usually struggle.

  6. Father says:

    Very ‘Cool-hand Luke’!