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Thread #122374 Message #2683290
Posted By: Mark Dowding
19-Jul-09 - 10:33 AM
Thread Name: 'Lost Days of Steam' - Music Well prog
Subject: 'Lost Days of Steam' - Music Well prog
Chris Harvey Pollington and I have just finished a documentary about the days before and after the ending of the steam age on the railway.
It can be heard on the Music Well HERE
The documentary was inspired originally by the 40th anniversary of the end of regular steam operation on British Railways. It serves as an aural record of music, poetry and recollections of railway workers and enthusiasts alike and offers a balanced view between the romantic and the realistic standpoint held by those who cared for what now seems a lost way of life.
The contributors are Dave Goulder (and some of his songs), Stanley Accrington and Les Barker. These are the people folies will be aware of. We also interviewed people that we knew or were introduced to who had worked or are still working in the railway industry. These people are Trevor Howson, Jack Heaton, Arthur Bennett, Warren Eastham, Mary Goulden, Tommy Leatherbarrow, Frank McLoughlin, Lol Thorpe and Paul Mackenzie who we also asked to narrate the script for us. There's a fair bit of music in the show illustrating the stories that are being told which makes an interesting link between folk music and the railway industry.
As usual we have hours of recordings that we made of everybody talking to us that we had to leave out - most of which is as interesting as what we eventually used - but it's still available for another show or if anybody just wants to listen to it.
Hopefully you'll have a listen and let us know what you think.