The show tells the story of farm workers moved from the country to the front in the first world war and the death of one of their number shot as a concientious objector.
'A Day's Work' was first written and performed in 1995. That version of the show was recorded, and released as a cassette, by Wildgoose Records in 1996 (WGS272MC) The book of the text was published in 1997 by Lyngham House (ISBN: 0 9528225).
Mick Ryan - Described by Living Tradition magazine as an outstanding singer, songsmith and musical playwright , Mick is one of the most popular performers on the folk scene. He has made numerous albums, receiving excellent reviews (‘truly magnificent’, Taplas magazine). He is well known as the originator and composer of several popular folk operas. His most recent shows, The Navvy's Wife, and The Pauper’s Path received wide critical and popular acclaim (‘a triumph', fRoots magazine). The development evident in this revival of A Day’s Work shows his mastery of words, music and the spoken word. Mick’s Irish grandfather was an Anzac, and fought at Gallipoli.
Maggie Boyle - Through her singing, continues the music and storytelling tradition passed on by her Irish family. She has accrued an impressive catalogue of live and recorded work. This includes film soundtracks, such as the title track for the movie Patriot Games, and international theatre and folk circuit appearances. Maggie has worked with James Horner, The Chieftains, Bert Jansch, Rambert Dance Company, Incantation, Steve Tilston and John Renbourn. Needless to say, then, that she is a very fine singer indeed, and also plays a mean flute and bodhran.
Heather Bradford - Heather has worked with Mick Ryan’s Folk Show productions in The Navvy’s Wife, The Paupers’ Path, and now A Day’s Work. She sang in the harmony group Hen Party and in a duo with Julian Longden. She is currently a member of the Forest Forge Act Your Age workshop group. Her grandfather volunteered for the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in 1914 and served throughout the First World War in Gallipoli and France.
Paul Downes - Paul is one of the most respected musicians on the acoustic music scene. He prefers to be known as a singer of songs rather than a guitar technician. He is, nevertheless, a truly consummate musician on the guitar and other stringed instruments. He has worked with a huge ranged of great performers, from Phil Beer to Pete Seeger, and appeared on literally hundreds of albums, including three with Mick Ryan. His recent solo album, The Boatman’s Cure received excellent reviews. Pete Morton - Pete has been performing on the folk scene for nearly 30 years. An energetic performer and highly acclaimed songwriter, who has toured the world with his unique delivery of talking blues and 'frap'. His most famous song, Another Train, is sung by many. Other anthems such as When We Sing Together, and The Shepherd's Song are also performed up and down the land. His song-writing is also to be found on the recent album by The Voice finalist Sally Barker
Matt Quinn - A fine singer and multi-instrumentalist, Matt plays melodeon, concertina, mandolin, fiddle. He is a 2012 graduate from the Newcastle Folk & Traditional Music Degree. From 2009 to 2013, he was a part of Radio 2 Young Folk Award finalist Dogan Mehmet’s band, and The Boombox Karavan. He is much in demand both as a solo performer and as a member of The Dovetail Trio.
Greg Russell – When he was only 19 years old, Greg, together with his musical partner Ciaran Algar, won the Young Folk Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The following year, Russell and Algar won the Horoizon Award from the same source. Now just turned 21, he is a very fine singer who shows a maturity of delivery far beyond his years, and sings with great emotional power. Greg and Ciaran have now made two excellent and very well received albums, and clearly have a great great deal of further success to look forward to.
Maggie Boyle - A Mother
Matt Quinn - Her Son, a farm labourer. Later a recruit
Mick Ryan - A Father
Greg Russell - His Son, a farm labourer. Later a ‘conchie’
Pete Morton - A Poacher and farm labourer. Later a recruit
Heather Bradford - An Irish mother. Her son is in the British Army
Paul Downes - A Vicar and An Officer