Seminar on Bert Lloyd‏

Goldsmiths Popular Music Research Unit presents
The Life and Music of A.L. Lloyd
Tuesday 29 May 5.00pm

IASPM colleagues and friends in or near London at the end of May will be welcome at this seminar.

A talk by Dave Arthur to coincide with the publication of his book Bert: The Life and Times of A.L. Lloyd (Pluto Press).

Small Hall Cinema, Richard Hoggart Building
Goldsmiths College
New Cross London SE14 6NW

Folk singer and folk music collector, writer, painter, journalist, art critic, whalerman, sheep station roustabout, Marxist, and much more – this is the story of A. L. (Bert) Lloyd’s extraordinary life.

A. L. Lloyd played a key part in the folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s, but that is only part of his story. Dave Arthur documents how Lloyd became a member of the Communist Party, forceful antifascist, trade unionist and an important part of left-wing culture from the early 1930s to his death in 1982. Following his return from Australia as a 21-year-old, self-educated agricultural labourer, he was at the heart of the most important left-wing movements and highly respected for his knowledge in various fields.

Dave Arthur recounts the life of a creative, passionate and life-loving Marxist, and in so doing provides a social history of a turbulent twentieth century.

Dave Arthur is writer, painter, singer and instrumentalist (guitar, banjo and melodeon), writer of plays for stage, community and puppet theatre and Director of the Society for Storytelling. More details of Dave can be found here:

Details of book here:

Goldsmiths Library houses the A.L. Lloyd Collection and Archive.

Link to Popular Music Research Unit –

Directions here: