THE PITMEN POETS RIDE AGAIN
AFTER LOTS OF REQUESTS WE HAVE DECIDED TO EMBARK ON THE FINAL, NEVER TO BE REPEATED, ONE AND ONLY LAST FAREWELL TOUR WITH THE PITMEN POETS IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2022
Sat 1st DERBY Festival
Sun 2nd DERBY Festival
Wed 5th PETERBOROUGH Key Theatre Tel: 01733 552439 website
Thurs 6th ILKLEY Kings Hall Tel: 01274 432000 website
Fri 7th CONSETT Empire Theatre Tel: 03000 262400 website
Sat 8th BUXTON Pavilion Arts Centre Tel: 01298 72050 website
Sun 9th HUNSTANTON Princess Theatre Tel: 01485 532 252 website
Wed 12th LOUGHBOROUGH Town Hall Tel: 01509 634915 website
Thurs 13th WORCESTER Huntingdon Hall Tel: 01905 611427 website
Fri 14th NEWARK Palace Theatre Tel: 01636 655755 website
Sat 15th NEWHAMPTON
Sun 16th DARLINGTON Hippodrome Tel: 01325 405405 website
Wed 19th RUNCORN Brindley Studio Tel: 0151 5118673 website
Thurs 20th CORBY The Core at Corby Cube Tel: 01536 470470 website
Fri 21st FLEETWOOD Marine Hall Tel: 01253 887585 website
Sat 22nd WHITLEY BAY Playhouse Tel: 0191 251 5484 website
Sun 23rd DURHAM Gala Theatre Tel: 03000 266600 website
Tues 25th LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Music Room Tel: 0151 2102895 website
Wed 26th SHREWSBURY Walker Theatre Tel: 01743 281282 website
Thurs 27th BURY The Met Tel: 0161 7612216 website
Fri 28th GATESHEAD Sage Tel: 0191 4434661 website SELLING FAST
Sat 29th SUNDERLAND The Fire Station Tel: 0191 5700007 website
Sun 30th SCUNTHORPE Plowright Theatre Tel: 01724 297862 website
Mon 31st NETTLEBED Nettlebed Folk Club Tel: 01628 636620 website
Tues 1st HARPENDEN Eric Morecambe Centre Tel: 01582 767525 website
Wed 2nd HIGH WYCOMBE Town Hall Tel: 01494 514444 website
Thurs 3rd STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre Tel: 01785 253595 website
Fri 4th BARNARD CASTLE The Witham Tel: 01833 631107 website
Sat 5th ALNWICK Playhouse Tel: 01665 660550 website TO BE CONFIRMED
'SEAMLESS' THE NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
We are at the the end of our 2017 tour, and it has been a blast..
Our audiences have been fantastic, and we must say thank you for your support, for your appreciation of our efforts, for the wonderful chorus singing we pushed you into, and of course the ridiculous seated communal rowing that you fell for every time.
This has been the biggest, and most successful Poets tour so far, and we are planning another, but not until autumn 2019.
Bob is returning to his role as songman, touring the UK in 'Warhorse', Benny is back to the canals, Jez touring solo, and with the Pennies, and I'm taking a 'gap' year to see the world.
'Pitmen Poets Live' and 'More Black Diamonds' CDs still available from Listen & Buy
Hope to see you all fit and well, and up for some new Poets songs and stories in 2019.
Billy, Bob, Benny and Jez.
10TH FEBRUARY 2017
Take a well deserved bow Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Jez Lowe.
For two hours these four giants of the traditional and contemporary folk world regaled us with brilliant songs, poetry and hilarious anecdotes about our coalmining tradition.
It's done not from the perspective of former miners but from the sons of former miners; County Durham and Northumberland Baby Boomers able to "escape" life down the pit. Therefore this isn't about patronising pitman and their families; as the patter recalled, it's about people who saw at first hand tin baths in front of the fire, outside netties, strikes and hard times.
Each one of the "poets" is a star in their own right but playing together the sum parts take the whole onto a different level.
Mitchell (guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Fox (guitar), Graham (accordion and a heaven-sent voice) and Lowe (guitar, cittern and harmonica) wrap their words and storytelling in beautiful collective harmonies.
The songs are about celebrating the life of the mining villages, about working class community, about solidarity. As Mitchell said, to balance things up, they'd sing songs written for and about the bosses and coal owners but there just aren't any!
Tommy Armstrong, the original Stanley-born Pitman Poet, is well represented by Fox and Graham, while Mitchell covered a number of songs from his excellent CD The Devil's Ground.
Lowe's comic song about redundant ex-pitmen going off the rails and joining a pub quiz team was a light-hearted contrast to his hard-hitting Judas Bus, about scabs in the 1984/85 strike; intercut with The Blackleg Miner, it was another of the many highlights of a fantastic night that included an appearance by clog dancer Ellie Fox, who received rapturous applause, and a backdrop of mining life images.
Whoever's idea it was to bring these four together for a show should be awarded a gold medal for services to music. Catch them on their national tour at The Sage Gateshead on Sunday, February 19.