Sunday, December 22, 2013

Steam at Midsomer Norton

Yesterday we went on a short trip to the Heritage Railway Station at MSN. Was great fun and pleasant to see the station awash with steam.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Cheer Up! Ye Poor British Miners

Mining songs from the North Somerset and Beyond - by Dave Byrne and the Guss and Crook Band and Chorus.
  I picked up this cd (a tenner from Radstock Museum) and I have to admit it's well worth getting if you have an interest in Mining. The music's good and well executed. Proceeds to Radstock Museum.
"These workers' songs are not folk songs in the recognised sense but songs written for a particular purpose," he writes. "Usually to garner support for miners in times of industrial strife, to raise morale and funds for miners on strike or sold on broadsheets to raise money to support the families of colliers killed or wounded at work." The CD is being sold to support the work of Radstock Museum, which is the best place to go to learn about the local coalfields. The album was made possible thanks to the research carried out by museum trustee Tom Randall at the time of the mine closures and in subsequent years. Dave has been singing for nearly 50 years.
The CD is available for £10 from Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, Radstock, North Somerset BA3 3EP, tel: 01761 437722, or directly from Dave on 01761 419224.

Read more:
 1898 photograph of Camerton colliery lads wearing the guss and crook harness, with a group of adult miners. They are also wearing caps with candles in them.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Flodden 1513

Today is the 500th anniversary of this battle between Scotland and England. The last time a British monarch was killed on the field of battle when James of Scotland perished at Flodden.

Friday, August 23, 2013

new Animals & Men ep out

This review from Maximum Rock and Roll is by Allan McNaughton: "A new self-released 10" from eternal post-punk underdogs Animals and Men. I think the four tracks are a mix of old and new material,but it was all recorded this year.If you've heard the band,you won't be in for any surprises musically:primitive,simple bass-driven post punk with Susan's detached vocals over the top. The surprise is that they still sound somewhat fresh and relevant.They do what they do without pretension and there's something very admirable about that,especially after all these years.My hat is off to 'em." MRR #367.....

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Spain in Flames

Go here to see about a new feature film set in the Spanish Civil War and watch the trailer.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

'Oh Death!' (traditional) Animals & Men

Spiritual that is a track off our forthcoming vinyl ep.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Adam Ant 'Vince Taylor'

From last night's Hootenanny show. Song about the legendary singer. Co-written with Boz Boorer. Catchy.

Harvey Keitel in the Duellists

This look has probably influenced Adam Ant in his current incarnation.

We are the Tyning Boys

We are the Tyning Boys
we are the Tyning boys
we know our manners
we pay our tanners
We are respected wherever we may go
Out on the long wide road
we always carry our load
We can laugh we can grin
We can lose we can win
We are the Tyning Boys
(Song reproduced in a letter in the NR Journal about Whitelands -)