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Aidan Doyle 
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Re: “Mining coal songs for historical perspective

The North East of England has contributed to its share of this artform. Songs about the coal mine include themes of miners' solidarity and the 'Bonny Pit Lad'

"Union miners stand together
Do not heed the owners tale
Keep your hand upon your wages
And your eye upon the scale".

Here in Durham we celebrate traditional songs such as 'The Collier's Rant' (about loosing one's light in the mine ... and meeting the devil), about disasters, 'The Blackleg Miner' Tommy Armstrong's 'The Durham Lock Out' 'Oakeys Strike and Evictions' (about strikes and lock-outs), alongside the more recent songs of Jack Elliot such as 'Jowl and Listen Lad' (about working practice and safety), 'Little Chance' (about a pony), 'Rap er to Bank', and Jock Purdon's @Farewell To Cotia' (about colliery closures).

In all a rich and deep heritage of working life.

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Posted by Aidan Doyle on 06/18/2009 at 7:21 AM

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