Wat Tyler

Just posted a new release up on bandcamp - 'Wat Tyler'.  It's a single, longform piece utilising cello and electronics and you can download it for free. 

For those who don't know of Wat Tyler, he was a leader of the Peasants' Revolt in England in 1381.  Ostensibly a revolt against the poll tax, the movement was built on an undercurrent of a desire for social change and a demand for an end to the stiflingly limiting social structures of the time. Initially successful, the rebellion was abruptly cut short after Wat Tyler was murdered by the Mayor of London after Tyler supposedly insulted the young kind of England, Richard II during a parley.  A quick internet search will bring in a lot more detail than I'm going to go into here but its an interesting point in history and well worth reading up on.

I'm releasing it on June 14th as that's the anniversary of when the Peasants' Revolt marched on London 632 years ago, the day before Tyler was murdered (not a particularly auspicious anniversary but a neater one isn't going to come along for a while).   

I'm not going to make claims to a 22 minute instrumental track as a revelatory protest song.  But I will say that over 6 centuries on, a lot less has changed in the world than those involved in the Peasants' Revolt might have hoped.  Those without power do the labouring and the rich ride roughshod over everybody else.  Basically we could do with a lot more Wat Tylers and a lot less Kings and Mayors.  Here's hoping.