Miner songs see the light

Memories of working in the North Somerset Coalfields will be brought to life at Midsomer Norton library on Tuesday, 28 October.

Midsomer Norton LibraryThe after-hours rendition of music and words will be presented by Tom Randall and Dave Byrne, accompanied by the Guss and Crook Band and Chorus. It takes place from 7pm.

In the early 1970s, in the lead up to the closure of the last of the North Somerset Coalfield pits, Tom Randall discovered a collection of coalfield-related songs in the Somerset Miners’ Association archives.

Other songs have since come to light.

The Guss and Crook Band and Chorus sing them and Tom, together with Dave Byrne, who last year released a CD of these songs and others, will talk about the discovery of the songs and their background.

The music and words will be illustrated with old photographs of the miners and their pits.