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Thread #153415 Message #3592894
Posted By: Mick Tems
17-Jan-14 - 06:51 AM
Thread Name: Billy The Pit Horse: Welsh miners' song?
Subject: Billy The Pit Horse: Welsh miners' song?
Bill Reese of Moch Pryderi (Welsh band from Virginia, USA) asks:
Mick, I have been asked to find out if the song, "Billy the Pit Horse" was an original Welsh song, and most importantly, if there is a melody to go with it, other than the one used by Merle Travis in "Dark as a Dungeon". Would you happen to know?"
So far, I've drawn a complete blank. There were hundreds of pit horses in the mines in South Wales (and North Wales, too) but there were approximately 70,000 pit horses in the whole of Britain. I think the last pit horse, Robbie, retired in 1999 (Pontypool, Gwent).
Who would be likely to know?