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August 3, 2012

Easington Colliery

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astyages says:

August 3, 2012 at 1:54 am

I found this on the ‘tube and wanted to share it with you; it’s a slide-show of Easington Colliery from about the forties, I’d say.. (though things didn’t look all that much different in the sixties when I was there!)

The song is a beaut modern Geordie folk-song which could apply as easily to the mines as to the men who worked them… It should give you some idea of the kind of environment I grew up in; tough lads those miners…

Lovely male-voice harmonies; the male-voice choir seems an art which emerged from the mines, so to speak; and the unacompanied male vocal solo is a highly regarded art form in the northeast… Hope you all like it.

Asty

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