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The Bonnie Pit Laddie: A Miner's Life in Music and Song

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  • Audio CD (9 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Topic Records Ltd
  • ASIN: B00000591G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Hewer
2. The Hewer
3. Doon The Wagon Way
4. A Miner's Life
5. I Wish Pay Friday Wad Come
6. The Auchengeich Disaster
7. The Collier's Rant
8. Farewell To The Monty
9. The Putter
10. Little Chance
11. My Gaffer's Bait
12. The Coal Owner & The Pitman's Wife
13. The Blacking Miners
14. The Miner's Lockout
15. The South Medomsley Strike
16. The Durham Lockout
17. Aa'm Glad The Strike's Done
18. The Collier's Pay Week; Cut & Dry Dolly; Success To The Coal Trade; My Lad Is O'er Bonny For The Coa
19. I'll Have A Collier
20. The Stoneman's Song
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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A pageant of songs illustrating the life of coal miners and it's history of hard times, high times, oppression and stubborn pride. The High Level Ranters are joined in this essential treasury of industrial folksong by Dick Gaughan and the Lancashire singer Harry Boardman.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Etherington on 12 April 2011
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This excellent collection of songs will appeal to anyone who comes from a coal mining background in the North East. The High Level Ranters are at their best in this collection, from the dark and menacing "Blackleg Miner", through the poignant "Farewell to the Monty" to the amusing " Aa'm Glad the Strike's Done". There is an excellent version of Henry Robson's poem "The Collier's Pay Week" with sympathetic musical accompianment. With guest spots by Dick Gaughan and Harry Boardman, it's a delight to listen to. Apart from being a culturally important collection of songs that are in danger of disappearing, this is a very entertaining CD.
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This is a great rendition of traditional working class folk songs and ballads and the High Level Ranters carry it off with feeling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Charming UK/Celtic folk songs 26 Dec. 2002
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Coal mining is a subject that holds a continuing fascination for UK folkies, both as folklore and as a topic fit for all upstanding class-conscious lefties. (The Thatcher-era miner's strike was one of the last great British labor struggles of the 20th Century... Scotland's gruff-voiced Dick Gaughan, who contributes several excellent performances to this disc, revisited the miner's plight on a couple of albums that came out in the mid-1980s.) At any rate, this is a fine album, featuring an celebrated Northumbrian ensemble anchored by Alastair Anderson on concertina, along with Johnny Handle, Colin Ross and Tommy Gilfellon. Gaughan sings on a couple of songs and Lancashire's Harry Boardman on a couple others -- the whole album is nice, with goofy, sprightly, humorous songs and lots of that oddball Celtic musical charm. I thought this record would sound really dry and academic, but was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was. Definitely worth checking out!
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