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I know a fair few canal dwellers love their folk music. Anybody into jazz and classical?
Jacqui Dankworth (daughter of Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine) is joining my orchestra to sing some Shakespeare-inspired numbers in a couple of weeks.
Not only that, Michael Collie (of BBC Midlands Today) has an incredible theatrical voice and will be narrating Gregson's The Sword and The Crown.
Promises to be a fun evening, slightly different to what you'd expect from an orchestral concert at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. It's 2 minutes walk from Gas Street Basin (maybe 3 minutes stagger on the way back after you've visited the bar).
Details and tickets - https://www.facebook.com/events/1733532330247717/
Some Old Time Radio enthusiasts are seeking recordings of various BBC documentaries about canals, waterways, and the folk who live and work on them. They were all aired by the BBC North West from Manchester.
Most are referenced here:
"They Brought The Sea To Manchester" 1969
There was a Radio Ballad-type documentary called "They Brought The Sea To Manchester." It features some songs too. In January 1894 Queen Victoria declared the canal open without leaving her carriage which was par for the course for her. Apparently when the lock paddles were opened for the first time the pressure of the water was so great several villages / towns got well flooded as the canal filled up.
"The Big Ditch" 1975
This was in Series 3 of the Ballad of the North West. Again this was about the building of the Manchester Ship Canal.
"Narras and Flats" 17th July 1973
This was part of the BBC North West series Ballad of the North West. This was in the canals episode which was broadcast on 17th July 1973. ==== Folks here might be interested that the lost Radio Ballad "A Cry From The Cut" is available here: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/odkpo4m988a8m/Radio_Ballads_-_The_Birmingham_Ballads Here's a version of the same recording from 1962 with historic slides (but sans music and songs) Details are here: http://www.cpatrust.org.uk/bham_ballads/ http://www.mustrad.org.uk/enth13.htm ==== Many thanks. Chris J Brady
By Bugsworth Tippler
Two upcoming events at the North Cheshire Cruising Club, High Lane, in March 2014 are as follows :
Sat 22nd March - Anthony John Clarke in Concert, with support from Les Renshaw and John Stirling. If you haven't seen Anthony John before then you are in for a treat. Details here :
Sat 29th March - Hoe Down with Lamp Lighters band and caller. Details here :
The venue is in the High Lane arm of the Macclesfield Canal and there is mooring available just outside the arm.
By Bex Cullen
Hello fellow boaters !
We bought our boat last May, moved from Bristol to Newbury to 'pick it up'. We finally set off from Newbury in September, but.. sadly.. we got a rope wrapped around the propeller, and knackered the engine - within half an hour. We've been stranded in Newbury, having spent all of our existing cash on various other 'engineering issues'. Anyway, we're full time musicians, we street perform and gig around the UK - it's a sort of an alternative combination of soul/folk in the form of an acoustic duo.. guitar and vocals with accordion.. I blog regularly about our experiences. After everything, I massively look forward to getting on the move, living the real boat life, meeting all of you.. and playing our music wherever we go. If you want to follow the journey, or just even say Hi ! Check it all online
Many thanks, have a fantastic 2014 !
www.rebeccacullen.co.uk (for the music and blog! It's all free, I promise )
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