Manchester Folk Festival 2022: Stolen From God

Friday 14th October

A narrated song cycle by Reg Meuross, unfolding the history of England (in particular the SW)’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


Line up – Reg Meuross (guitar, vocals, banjo); Jali Fily Cissokho (kora); Jaz Gayle (vocals); Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (concertina, vocals)

With extensive evidence of the South West’s economic reliance and influence in the slave trade, Reg Meuross has written a powerful set of songs  ‘Stolen From God’, with narration to tell the challenging and often harrowing tales of England’s past.

Reg Meuross began to research this project four years ago and as it evolved has collaborated with the great Master Kora player and Grio Jali Fily Cissokho, concertina player Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Devon vocalist Jaz Gayle. The quartet will record an album (release date 7th October) and the shows will be accompanied by a succinct history around each song.

Recognised as a “true troubadour with a social conscience” by BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe, Reg Meuross has made it his life’s work to bring the stories of the oppressed, forgotten and misrepresented members of our human family to light. Reg has never shied away from confronting uncomfortable truths, questioning the decisions of the powerful, and addressing false histories in his songs. Reg believes that “folk songs provide a rapid and accessible route into history and its relevance to current affairs and our lives” – this stands him in good stead when it comes to unearthing and tackling the subject matter of Stolen from God.

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