Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid + Stephen Goodall + Quiet Loner

“Pre-eminent broadside balladress of the Manchester region”

Acclaimed artist and singer Jennifer Reid will be appearing at The Defiance Sessions in Glossop.

Jennifer is a 25 year old performer of 19thC Industrial Revolution broadside ballads and Lancashire dialect work song. After volunteering at Chetham’s Library and the Working Class Movement Library, Jennifer completed an Advanced Diploma in Local History at Oxford University.

Her work has been featured on BBC2 with the Hairy Bikers; on Radio 4 with Eliza Carthy; on BBC1 with Mark Radcliffe and on Radio 6. At the Venice Biennale in May 2015, Jennifer trained Italian singers in Lancashire dialect songs and broadside ballads, as well as performing herself in the main arena in Giardini for the opening days of the Biennale. The ballads and songs performed were in conjunction with Jeremy Deller’s exhibitions All that is solid melts into air and Factory Songs.


Jennifer has tramped the Leeds and Liverpool canal towpath over 12 days; taught Shape Note and mill songs to locals of Brierfield and Nelson; introduced school children the county over to the cultural traditions of Lancashire in the 19thC and sang at Glastonbury festival with reggae band Edward II. She is currently working with the National Forest, EST. 1761, Lancashire County Council and the National Trust, as well as singing broadsides from Manchester Central Library and Chetham’s broadside collections. Jennifer has since performed in Venice and New York for the Creative Time Summit, in Croatia for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Brussels, Switzerland and regularly in the North West and London.

Praise for Jennifer Reid

“Truly timeless and more relevant than ever” Nacional

“A heart-stopping performance”- The Guardian

“From piston-pumping eroticism to biting critique of the industrial age. She performed a stonking clog dance, working the rhythms of factory machines into something joyful.” The Vinyl Factory

“Perhaps the star of All The World’s Futures was the a capella vocal performance Broadsides and Ballads of the Industrial Revolution (2015), part of Deller’s presentation in the arena. The humble, celebratory balladress Jennifer Reid deserves mention not merely as a transmitter, but as an artist who took centre-stage to make this work happen. She evoked the humanity that is often missing in the digital age: a humanity that is lost in favour of quantity over quality, objectification over personalisation, throwaway commodification over permanence and, sadly, the rich and powerful over the proletariat.” –

Support comes from Stephen Goodall a brilliant singer songwriter from the Widnes and Runcorn area and founder of the We Shall Overcome movement.