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Edward II. New Music Release.

Available to Listen or download


To support our live performance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on 16/10/19, where we opened the show with new single ‘Linstead Market’.

The song is a traditional Jamaican folk song gathered from the collection ‘Jamaican Song and Story’ by Walter Jekyll (1907) This release pre-empts the bands new album release (mid 2020) that presents a collection of Jamaican working songs in new light.

From early deals with Cooking Vinyl, Pure Bliss and Zomba Records the band is known with their extensive touring schedule in the 80’s and 90’s which saw them headline festivals around the world.

Mark Radcliffe hosts the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the annual ceremony (celebrating its 20th year this year) that celebrates and rewards the very best in folk, roots and acoustic music. The show will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.


Manchester’s Improving Daily


In February 2016, English roots musical collective Edward II released ‘Manchester’s Improving Daily‘, a collection of rare and historic songs, known as the Manchester Broadside Ballads, dating back over 200 years to the Industrial Revolution.

Beautifully designed, packaged and presented, the physical CD is the culmination of a 15-month project, ‘Manchester’s Improving Daily’.  The CD is accompanied by a book, written by social archaeologist David Jennings and explains the history of the songs and provides an informative commentary to these rare glimpses into the lives of working class Mancunians in the Victorian times.

The CD is distributed through Cadiz Music and can be ordered through any good record store, this website and all main digital outlets.  Physical copies only will include the book about  the broadsides.

Ordering info:-

Artist: Edward II

Distributor: Cadiz Music

Album Title: Manchester’s Improving Daily

Catalogue No. E2MID1819

Kersal Moor 1838

Release 1: A New Song on the Great Demonstration which is to be made on Kersal Moor September 28th, 1838

This first song takes us on the march to Kersal Moor, back in 1838, for the great reformist rally. Situated four miles outside the centre of Manchester in Salford, the gathering is reported to have attracted several hundred thousand people and marked a turning point in the fight for basic human rights for the workers of the Industrial Revolution.

Edward II will be releasing re-workings of songs written about life in Manchester, largely from the time of the industrial revolution but with some more modern ‘folk-songs’ thrown in. To follow our journey through the trials and tribulations of Manchester’s working people got and