Music Monday: Lisa Knapp – Til April is Dead: A Garland of May

What could be better for May Day than a whole album of May Day themed songs? Beautiful singing combined with found sounds, birdsong and spoken word samples - including what sounds to me like folklorist Steve Roud on the opening track. The Guardian review likened her vocals to a 'south London Björk', though I don't ...

May Day 1894: Peckham anarchists in Hyde Park

'The May Day demonstrations - The London anarchists - Violent scenes''A demonstration arranged by the Social Democratic Federation was held today in Hyde Park. The processionists, who did not exceed 3000 in number,  were for the most part orderly, and included contingents from Camberwell, Hammersmith, Bow, Bromley, Deptford, Greenwich, etc. Among the speakers were Dr ...

May Day 2016: Jack in the Green in Deptford and Greenwich

 Another May Day, another procession through the streets of Deptford and Greenwich with the Fowlers Troop, featuring the Deptford Jack in the Green. As in previous years it all started at the Dog and  Bell pub  in Deptford, before heading eastward down to the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park and various pubs. Of course the area is changing, ...

May Day Greetings – Wat Tyler’s Deptford May Day 1381 (as imagined By Robert Southey in 1794)

All the best you May Day revellers... or like me dreaming of revelling on a stressful day at work.On Monday night, I gave a talk on the history of May Day in South London at a Haunt London event at the Miller pub by Guys Hospital SE1. Sarah Crofts also spoke on the 30th anniversary ...

May Day events next week

Next Monday April 28, Haunt London presents:May Day in South London and the Jack-in-the-Green Day in South London and the Jack-in-the-Gr'The first day of May has long been a time of riots, revelry, ribaldry and the Jack-in-the-Green, a dancing leafy green giant once seen all over London and revived in Deptford thirty years ago this year ...

May Day 2013 – what happened?

The Shard shines through the May Day blossom in St Johns Churchyard SE1So how was May Day and the holiday weekend for you? On May Day itself the Fowlers Troop made their way through Deptford and Greenwich with the Jack in the Green - pictured here outside the Rose and Crown in Greenwich.Photo from Diana ...

The origins of the May Day bank holiday

Enjoying the May Day bank holiday?  A resolution calling for two new public holidays a year, on May Day and New Year's Day, was passed by the Trades Union Congress in 1970 and in 1975 the Labour Government declared that from 1978, May Day (or the Monday after it) would be a bank holiday. So this is ...

May Day in South London: free pamphlet

For May Day 2011, Past Tense published my pamphlet, 'May Day in South London':'For centuries people have been celebrating the height of Spring, and the first signs of Summer, at the beginning of May. This pamphlet examines the diverse ways they have done so in London South of the Thames. It is a story of ...

Happy May Day

The Fowlers Troop/Deptford Jack in the Green will be out doing their traditional May Day procession on May 1st, details as follows:12.00 Depart from Dog and Bell, 116 Prince St London, Deptford SE8 3JD. (pub will open at 11.00),12.45 Rose and Crown, 1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER,13.45 Star and Garter, 60 Old Woolwich Rd, ...

In the Neighbourhood

A few things going on locally that people have asked us to mention:Hill Trader Community Shop 'The Hill Trader Community Shop is an exciting new pop up shop in the Hill Station Café, run by local people for local people. As part of what we’re doing at the Hill Station, Kitto Rd, SE14 we have opened this ...