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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Roly Goes "Underground."

Excuse me for a bit of self promotion but this festival may in any case be of interest and maybe you could pass on the info to any friends or relatives who you think may be interested. 
The Mining Institute is in Neville Street, Newcastle just next to The Lit & Phil. It has a history to be proud of. Many of the finest engineers in mining history graced its walls and many of the great innovations in mining happened here on Tyneside. For example Geordie Stephenson's safety lamp, better pit ventilation (John Buddle - Wallsend), the pit cage (TE Hall - Greenside).  
The Institute is still going strong. They currently are involved in a research project 'Mining the Institute' which is exploring the world wide influence of our local mining engineers who worked to influence mining development world wide. As part of this, Judith Murphy is helping organise a festival of literature, poetry, song and music all related to our mining history.
Next Saturday 21st June - Festival of Mining Literature & Poetry.
Saturday 28th June - Festival of Song & Music.
Judith has invited The Blaydon Aces, myself and James Birkett, to be part of the events on 28th - we are playing 2.30 to 3.15 in the afternoon. A selection of light hearted local dialect songs with a mining connection - I've got a little whippet, Wi me pit claes on, Pitman's Lament, Row between the cages and so on.
For the full festival program here's the link.
https://www.mininginstitute.org.uk/
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Back to jazz - our next concert at Blaydon is on Sunday 6th July -  an extra date fixed up because Colin Aitchison is over here from Hong Kong. Colin is a fine Armstrong inspired trumpeter. He is bringing his pal, Italian clarinettist Franco Valussi - he's also based in Hong Kong now. Its with Swing City Trio fronted by the one and only Steve Andrews (sax/clnt) plus Roy Cansdale bass and myself acoustic guitar.
After that, on Sunday 20th July, a great young jazz singer Zoe Gilby with her quartet.
Roly.

2 comments :

Lance said...

Very interesting Roly. I'd always associated the miner's lamp with Humphrey Davy and didn't realise that Stephenson and others were working the same seam so to speak. I think the Festival will appeal to anyone interested in local history.

Roly said...

Hi Lance - thanks for putting this on BSH. Yes Davy invented a safety lamp too. From what I've read both men were working on their version of a safety lamp at about the same time.

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