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Don Bilston - Fireman's Song

05 Nov 02 - 06:38 AM (#818897)
Subject: Don Bilston of Fireman's Song fame
From: nickp

Stemming from a conversation over the weekend, does anyone know whether Don Bilston, composer of the Fireman's Song popularised by Dave Goulder (and others), is still alive and well?

Thanks, Nick

Also see Billy Cocked Hat


05 Nov 02 - 06:44 AM (#818900)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: nickp

And just to add - cause I wasn't thinking straight, the lyrics are in DT and there is another old thread but no mention of his current status. N.


05 Nov 02 - 10:28 AM (#819006)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Steve Parkes

I'm sure somebody told me some time back he was alive and kicking, but I don't know if he still is. I hope so! If anyone bumps into him, give him our regards from the old Jug o' Punch & Fitter's Arms days.

Steve


05 Nov 02 - 12:51 PM (#819131)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Orac

Surely his name is Dan Bilston isn't it? As far as I know he is still around.


06 Nov 02 - 04:12 AM (#819675)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: nickp

Hi Orac, I've always thought it was Don but I could stand corrected. Anyway its a good excuse for a 'refresh'. Good to know that he's likely to be still around. Dave Goulder, I believe, is still out and about. Nick


06 Nov 02 - 11:19 AM (#819950)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Steve Parkes

Definitely Don!


30 Jan 09 - 11:50 AM (#2552979)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Don. T

Anyone got a copy of his LP "Decline of Steam" ?


16 Feb 09 - 11:27 AM (#2568254)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

Never heard of 'Decline Of Steam' album... but do have the excellent Farewell To Steam if that's what you mean. Does anyone know if he did any other LPs?
Jules Landau
julian_landau@yahoo.co.uk


16 Feb 09 - 12:21 PM (#2568295)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Leadfingers

Dave Goulder is alive and kicking up the dust WAT up in Scotland - And can be heard in a regulat session with Catter John McKenzie near
Lairg .


05 Oct 10 - 03:40 PM (#3000370)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

Would love to obtain a "legal" copy of Farewell To Steam on a CD or downloaded to the ipod. Surely someone can do this and it would sell to steam people everywhere.


30 Nov 11 - 01:49 PM (#3266197)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

don bilston is my great uncle (i take great pride in saying that.lol.) so if anyone wants lyrics,copy of his album "farewell to steam", etc just email me cos i know all the songs off by heart, chinagrl@hotmail.co.uk


28 Jun 13 - 06:49 AM (#3531220)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Jo King

Don Bilston is alive and kicking and living in Shropshire unfortunately he is no longer able to hear music any more but can still communicate through words. I am proud to say he is my Dad. And it is not DAN it is DON short for Donald and his album was called Farewell To Steam and if you want a copy I have it on MP3 so would gladly send you a copy so that his music can still be heard wherever possible, this is a unique insight into the life of a Railwayman you should spread the word. Thank you for your kind attention all together now ' I'm a navvy, I'm a navvy working on the line' Proud of you Dad xxxxxxxxxxxxx


28 Jun 13 - 10:25 AM (#3531298)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Jim I

I learned 'The Fireman's Song' back when I was a lad and it is still one of my favourite songs. Please thank him from me.


28 Jun 13 - 11:24 AM (#3531324)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

The Phil Beer Band do this song and it is one of my favourites - great lyrics.


28 Jun 13 - 01:42 PM (#3531383)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Steve Parkes

Jo, how wonderful to hear about Don! I'm very sorry to hear the bad news about his hearing; mine isn't what it was, but I can still enjoy music. I'd love to hear Farewell to Steam if you could let me cadge a copy.

I doubt if Don would remember me (though he might) but he'll certainly remember the Fitter's Arms in Walsall. Please give him my best wishes, Jo.


29 Jun 13 - 03:46 AM (#3531581)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Don Wise

Pete Coe sings a mean 'The Fireman's Song'.


24 Jul 13 - 11:38 PM (#3541423)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,screwy

hi steve parkes, i will do u a copy,just email me scrwy.jo@gmail.com :)


06 Aug 13 - 03:33 AM (#3546028)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Kemikal

Hi there,I am a musician from Birmingham and here to tell you ,yes the great Don Bilston is alive and kicking,deaf as a post now though,lol,allow me to introduce myself i am stuart,(Great Nephew) of Don's,and am also driven by the mass musical connection within the family and have so far produced my own work,anyway enough about me,if anyone here would like to get in touch with my great uncle or even me drop me a line i have photos of him and my mom and nan still stay in touch with him.

i wish you all the best!

farewell for now

The Kemikal


06 Aug 13 - 03:34 AM (#3546031)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Kemikal

Farewell to Steam lol


06 Aug 13 - 03:36 AM (#3546033)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Kemikal

You beat me to it jo you smart ass


25 Aug 13 - 03:54 AM (#3552568)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Ian

Would love to get a copy of Farewell to Steam but not to sure of the technicalities of MP3. If Jo could pm me me at ianwkitson@gmail.com that would be great.


17 Mar 15 - 03:24 PM (#3694872)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

I have a 33 LP of that too. Bought it in a back street in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia of all places! Brilliant stuff.


18 Aug 18 - 04:51 PM (#3944828)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

His name is Don Bilston, I know because he is my uncle, and he is very much alive and kicking, and he wrote the fireman's song


18 Aug 18 - 04:57 PM (#3944830)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST

Steve he is very much alive and kicking, and I should know I am his niece, I am going to see him next week, any messages

Julia


18 Aug 18 - 05:03 PM (#3944835)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Julia

Leadfingers, as his niece I can assure you he is very much alive and kicking and living in Telford


18 Aug 18 - 05:10 PM (#3944837)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Julia

To all those who are wondering:

1. is Don Bilston still alive?

2. Is his name Don or Dan?

3. Did he write the Fireman's Song?

4. Did he make anyother albums?

Answers:

1. Yes, he is still alive

2. His name is Don

3. Yes he did write the Fireman's song

4. No, he did not make anyother albums, but four songs were taken from the album to make an EP called Songs of Steam.


18 Aug 18 - 06:42 PM (#3944851)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Stilly River Sage

This is a VERY OLD THREAD, Julia - started 16 years ago. You don't need to keep posting, just put it all in one like the end, and people who are still alive and interested will eventually discover it.


19 Aug 18 - 08:32 AM (#3944919)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,Observer

Is that the one that starts:

If ever you see a train go by
Or hear the engine whistle cry
Think of the man on the old foot-plate
Shovelling coal the Driver's Mate

Chorus:
A loco fireman is me grade
Boiling water is me trade
The Driver thinks he runs the show
But if I'm not there the train won't go.


If so it is years since I've heard it! Thanks for the memory nudge.


20 Aug 18 - 05:32 AM (#3945108)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Herga Kitty

Yes, Guest Observer, that's the one!

Kitty


20 Aug 18 - 05:28 PM (#3945243)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: Steve Parkes

Julia, I'm delighted to hear that Don is alive and kicking! I doubt if he'll remember me by name, but please give him my best wishes -- I know all the old Fitter's crowd will wish him well too.


12 Sep 18 - 02:57 PM (#3949974)
Subject: RE: Don Bilston - Fireman's Song
From: GUEST,100%dutchbeef

I recently found a copy of Don’s album, been listening to it regularly and really enjoy it.