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Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns

11 Aug 06 - 03:47 PM (#1807485)
Subject: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: Nigel Parsons

Tuesday night at the BBC club in Cardiff, Frank Hennessy was having a night off. This left the club to be run by Dave Burns. Dave is well known for his work with The Hennessys & Ar Log.
He took the opportunity to boost his new CD. (I took the opportunity to get a copy!!)

"Last Pit In The Rhondda"

1, "Farewell to the Rhondda" written by Frank Henessy. (early 70's)
2, "Hearts on Fire" also frank, 1980's
3, "The Gresford Disaster" (author unknown) explosion at the Gresford Colliery, Wrexham 1934
4, "Tiger Bay" another Frank song, based on a 1929 poster for a new (if not better) life in USA
5, "Maggie's Hit Man" written during the '84/'85 strike by Colin Lewis (ex-miner from Pontlottyn)
6, "Roll On The Day" Allan Taylor sums up the agony of miners suffering from dust-related diseases.
7, Cân y Glowr" Written by Dafydd Iwan to the traditional "The Four Marys" tells of an old miner walking through a , now, desolate valley.
8, "Sacco and Vanzetti" Two Italian immigrants to the US at the turn of the twentieth century, involved in the organisation of labour, framed & executed in 1926. Pardoned by the US government 50 years later (lucky them!!)
9, "Joe Hill" Joe Hill was an activist in the 'wobbly movement' (Industrial Workers of the World, IWW) executed in Utah, 1915.
10, "The Ha'penny Strike" Based on the 1910 strike, written by Welsh actor Ray Smith from Trealaw in The Rhondda, close to where the incidents in the song took place.
11, "Mardy" The Last Pit in the Rhondda was the inspiration for this song, written by Dave Rogers of the Banner Theatre Company based in Birmingham.
12, "John O' Dreams" Singer/songwriter Bill Caddick wrote the words to a theme from Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony (the Pathetique)


The CD was made with the financial support of the South Wales NUM (National Union of Mineworkers)

My copy of this CD was bought straight from Dave last Tuesday at a cost of £10-. I didn't check for P&P details, and I don't like putting e-mail addresses in an open forum. If you're interested, then PM me

CHEERS
Nigel

ps I'm not on a 'cut'!


13 Aug 06 - 12:09 PM (#1808793)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: Nigel Parsons

Just re-read the case-notes, originally recorded in 1986, recently re-mastered & re-released

CHEERS
Nigel


13 Aug 06 - 07:46 PM (#1809125)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: Susanne (skw)

I bought the tape in 1986 (or thereabouts). It's well done, if slightly too sentimental in places for my taste ('Tiger Bay' in particular), and Dave has a good voice. I could provide some of the lyrics that are not in the DT yet if anybody is interested.


14 Aug 06 - 04:15 PM (#1809739)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: MARINER

Great to hear "The Last Pit2 is out on C.D. It is without doubt one of the best recordings of songs about miners , performed by the finest singer to come out of Wales. I have the original on vinyl and have been eagerly waiting word of a C.D. release. So, anyone know how we get it? Apart from travelling over to Cardiff, that is.


14 Aug 06 - 05:24 PM (#1809812)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: GUEST,Mr Bean

Contact Nigel Parsons and he will sort something out.
Mr Bean


15 Aug 06 - 05:16 PM (#1810580)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: Nigel Parsons

Just PM'd Mariner with Dave's e-mail address


19 Aug 06 - 04:55 PM (#1814026)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda
From: Wolfgang

in this thread (misleadingly titled) Roberto asks for a song starting like this:

In every village in the Rhondda
Children cry for want of meat
Throughout the land their fathers wander
Singing for pennies in the street.

I'm interested as well. Is this perhaps one of the songs on the recording?

Wolfgang


19 Aug 06 - 07:29 PM (#1814110)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: MARINER

Don't think so Wolfgang . Can't say I've ever heard those lyrics before.


19 Aug 06 - 07:40 PM (#1814117)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: Peace

Might wish to look at this thread, also.

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=80060#1454113


02 Jan 11 - 08:03 PM (#3065903)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: GUEST

how can i get copy of this cd thanks keith


11 Jan 11 - 06:34 PM (#3072485)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: GUEST

Dear Nigel,Can you tell me where I can get 3 copies of the "DAVE BURNS - LAST PIT IN THE RHONDDA" C/D, thanks Kelvin


11 Jan 11 - 08:00 PM (#3072553)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: Nigel Parsons

BBC Club tonight, got a new email address for Dave:
Dave-Burns1@hotmail.co.uk.

Hope this helps.

Cheers
Nigel


12 Jan 11 - 06:38 PM (#3073369)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: Andy Jackson

I second all that Nigel says about this CD. I bought it when it first came out as a reissue. Brilliant stuff and a great souveneer of my time in Wales.


12 Jan 11 - 06:52 PM (#3073382)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: GUEST,Irish Guest

Couldn't agree more. Dave's voice has a quality that lends itself to the Miner Ballads . It is a smashing CD.


13 Jan 11 - 06:02 PM (#3073975)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: sian, west wales

It was on Celtic Heartbeat this last Saturday (BBC Radio Wales). It'll be up on Listen Again
for the next few days.

sian


10 Aug 13 - 01:07 PM (#3547613)
Subject: RE: Mining Songs: Last Pit in the Rhondda-Dave Burns
From: GUEST

Hello Dave, Codgey (Colin Lewis) is my best fiend. Please get in touch for a natter, he says it's quite important. X x ruthiekriegel@googlemail.com