--On Wednesday, June 27, 2001 9:41 AM +0100 Deirdre Sullivan & Paul de Grae
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> Like Pat McGarrigle, I'd be very curious to learn about Irish
> mining songs. The industrial era mines here were often begun
> with imported labour from Cornwall and Wales, and some of
> these people must have brought songs and lore with them.
> What happened to them?
Another glaring hole in my, admittedly spotty, knowledge of Ireland... I
had no idea that mining had been a part of Ireland's economy. Perhaps I
need a good general Irish history book... any recommendations from people?
I think the question above is quite interesting. One hears of the exchange
between Scotland and Ireland of labor and, therefore, cultural influences.
But I've never heard much of the effect, or indeed the existence, of Welsh
or Cornish labor exchanges.
>> "He Fades Away". I first
>> heard it on a June Tabor recording... the name of which I can't recall
> June Tabor, "Against the Streams", Green Linnet GLCD 3096.
> The song is by Alistair Hulett, and refers to the Wittenoom
> blue asbestos mine in West Australia. An extraordinary song,
> and an extraordinary performance.
Yes indeed, that's the one! Thanks Paul for supplying my forgotten, and out
of reach, information. Not only are you a man of high musical talent, but
of excellent taste in fellow musicians (June Tabor, Tom Waits...).
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