Mudcat Café message #2094793 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #101128   Message #2094793
Posted By: GUEST,Georgina Boyes
05-Jul-07 - 12:30 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Coal Not Dole (Kay Sutcliffe)
Subject: RE: info/ADD: who wrote Coal Not Dole?
Kay Sutcliffe's poem, 'Coal Not Dole', was first recorded by Eve Bland of 7.84 Theatre Company on 'Which Side Are You On' (WSR1) in 1985. The tune for that version was written by Paul Abrahams and is the one that Swan Arcade recorded and that Norma sings on 'Mighty River of Song' - Norma also led the incomparable (but never formally recorded) Blue Murder version.

As Henryp says, John Tams suggested setting the poem to 'See Amid the Winter Snow' when he was producer for the first Coope Boyes & Simpson album.

Sad to see that the lies spread at the time of the Miners' Strike are still believed today.