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Tales from the Towpath

23 Dec 07 - 06:54 PM (#2221579)
Subject: Tales from the Towpath
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie

'Tales from the Towpath' was a BBC radio documentary about the building of the Manchester Ship Canal broadcast in the 1990's. It featured some songs by Chris While and Julie Matthews, including the excellent '36 Miles away from the Sea'. I have words for the other songs but no idea of the tunes. It's a long shot I know but does anyone have a recording of this programme?


23 Dec 07 - 07:11 PM (#2221586)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: Dave the Gnome

Could it have been part of the Centenary celebrations of the MSC, Ian? I had the pleasure of being involved with a play put on in Salford Quays for that event in 1994 - Possibly around the sane tine you are thinking of. The only 'tales from the towpath' I can find is about the Rochdale canal but maybe a search of the MSC centenary may help more?

Cheers

Dave


18 Feb 09 - 05:17 AM (#2569837)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: Ian Hendrie

Thought I might have another shot at asking if anyone has any knowledge/recording of this broadcast. I am attempting on my
Songs of the Waterways website to provide an archive of British and Irish canal/waterway songs.

But a song without a tune is just a poem - isn't it?

Ian


18 Feb 09 - 11:36 AM (#2570077)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: GUEST,JimMartin

Could 'Waterways World' help?


18 Feb 09 - 07:24 PM (#2570478)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: Geoff the Duck

Why not try contacting Chris While and Julie Matthews directly via their web site - HERE.
If the songs are theirs, they may give you the notes, if the songs were from some other performer in the radio programme, they may know who you would need to contact.
Quack!
GtD.


24 Mar 15 - 07:01 AM (#3696351)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: GUEST,Dave Dobbin

If you haven't got it by now, I have a recording made at the time.
I've only just found this post (and the tape) and I'm currently trying to digitise the programme. Unfortunately, it's not a good digitising package, and there is a small amount missing when I had to turn the cassette over about 40 minutes in


24 Mar 15 - 12:52 PM (#3696484)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: Ian Hendrie

Hi Dave,

Glad you found this thread. I REALLY AM still interested in acquiring a copy of this programme for the 'Songs of the Inland Waterways' website : www.waterwaysongs.co.uk. I can be contacted via the e-mail address on the website or PMing me here on Mudcat. It would be fantastic to here from you.

Belated reply to Geoff the Duck : Your suggestion only got me as far as some unhelpful admin person.

Regards,
Ian


24 Mar 15 - 04:21 PM (#3696522)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: Steve Gardham

Hi, Ian
Spare Hands have just launched their latest CD of trawling songs based on Hull fishing industry. We are now looking to put together a CD of songs about the Humber waterways, Trent, Ouse, Hull, Aire & Calder, Sheffield, Wakefield, Leeds, etc. We have keel songs and plenty on the Aire and Calder, but if you have any other suggestions we'd be grateful. We are looking mainly at industrial and heritage rather than the leisure industry.


13 Mar 18 - 07:01 AM (#3910829)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: FreddyHeadey

Tales From The Towpath
is now on the WaterwaySongs website
http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/tales_from_the_towpath.htm


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& more canal recordings
http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/Ref_Canal_Songs.htm 


13 Mar 18 - 08:34 AM (#3910852)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: Mr Red

tales you ask?

canal.StroudVoices.co.uk

111 audio clips mostly 20thC and all by & from locals' personal experience.


13 Mar 18 - 10:05 AM (#3910870)
Subject: RE: Tales from the Towpath
From: FreddyHeadey

Mr Red - Great little stories. Thanks.
! I want to hear a bit more about the children in the lock !
Shame they're not songs but that would make a good one...
For posterity are you able to tie the recording dates down any more than 20th century. ?