The Men of the Deeps | Coal Fire in Winter

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Coal Fire in Winter

by The Men of the Deeps

Songs about coal mining and coal miners.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tramp Miner
3:13 $0.99
2. Coal, Not Dole
1:56 $0.99
3. Billy, Come With Me
3:56 $0.99
4. Dad's Ole Dinner Pail
2:24 $0.99
5. She Loves Her Miner Lad
2:09 $0.99
6. Sweet Guinevere
4:00 $0.99
7. You'll Be Home Again
4:16 $0.99
8. Miner's Life
3:02 $0.99
9. The Banks of Newfoundland
1:47 $0.99
10. Rolling Down to Old Maui
2:36 $0.99
11. If I Can't Take the Island With Me
4:24 $0.99
12. Coal Town Road
2:10 $0.99
13. Who Are They?
2:40 $0.99
14. Working Man
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Thomas McGrath's poem searches the mystery that has accompanied the warmth of coal fire from the beginning of time. In the eighteenth century, coal from the earliest coal finds in North America was used along with wood to warm the work force as the Fortress Louisbourg role on the eastern tip of Isle Royale (now Cape Breton), the French stronghold in Acadia. And during the twentieth-century restoration of Fortress Louisbourg, the coal miners of Cape Breton provided much of the labour that brought this great testament to Canadian history back to life.

It is appropriate, then, that this latest recording by Cape Breton's coal miners' choir be taped in part at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site. All the choral portions of thees songs were recorded in the restored Chapel of St. Louis in the main garrison building of Fortress Louisbourg. The instrumental accompaniments were taped at the studios of Island Recordings & Productions Limited in Frenchvale, while Al Provoe's poem " Who Are They?" was recorded, appropriately at the Cape Breton Miners' Museum.

This recording is dedicated to the wives and families of each and every member of the Men of the Deeps, past and present. Formed in 1966 as part of Cape Breton's contribution to Canada's Centennial Year (1967), the group continues to fulfill its mandate to preserve in song some of the rich folk heritage of the mining communities of Cape Breton Island.



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