Joseph Mather was one of the greatest Sheffielders in history. His was the voice of the common person in the turbulent, revolutionary times of the late 18th century. He composed his songs to the rhythm of his hammer as he worked as a file-cutter. Then hollered them out in the streets and pubs of Sheffield on a Saturday night. This was the 18th century jukebox, karaoke and alternative comedy. This edition adds to the last published version of 1862, with previously unpublished songs and historical background.
The Songs of Joseph Mather … seared across my mindscape like a lightning flash… - Ray Hearne
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