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Seeking the Pitman's Bible

Rich Kaufman 01 Dec 98 - 11:26 AM
Art Thieme 01 Dec 98 - 05:46 PM
allan .S 01 Dec 98 - 06:10 PM
GUEST 12 Aug 04 - 03:31 PM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 12 Aug 04 - 04:28 PM
TheBigPinkLad 12 Aug 04 - 04:40 PM
GUEST,Leadfingers 12 Aug 04 - 09:59 PM
Hollowfox 13 Aug 04 - 01:07 PM
GUEST,ccder1024 10 Mar 18 - 09:48 PM
Richard Mellish 11 Mar 18 - 03:10 PM
FreddyHeadey 11 Mar 18 - 04:40 PM
Richard Mellish 11 Mar 18 - 06:06 PM
Susan of DT 11 Mar 18 - 06:58 PM
Richard Mellish 11 Mar 18 - 07:19 PM
FreddyHeadey 12 Mar 18 - 09:08 AM
Richard Mellish 13 Mar 18 - 07:17 AM
Richard Mellish 13 Mar 18 - 07:28 AM
Dave the Gnome 13 Mar 18 - 07:43 AM
Richard Mellish 13 Mar 18 - 09:39 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 15 Mar 18 - 02:41 PM
Dave Sutherland 16 Mar 18 - 03:30 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 16 Mar 18 - 10:26 AM
GUEST 16 Mar 18 - 10:50 AM
GUEST,Trevor Sheridan 18 Mar 18 - 02:17 PM
Little Robyn 19 Mar 18 - 06:59 AM
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Subject: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Rich Kaufman
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 11:26 AM

Looking for monologues from the Pitman's Bible. The bible tales as told to Scottish coal workers.

All useful help appreciated.

sumney1@aol.com

Go Eagles!


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Art Thieme
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 05:46 PM

I've always thought these were created/collected by the amazing Mr. Lou Killen and were about the Newcastle area and not Scotland. Either way, Lou sure does do 'em well!!!

Art


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: allan .S
Date: 01 Dec 98 - 06:10 PM

John and Tony always made reference to "THe Pitmans Bible" I always thought it was from the midlands Some where in the back of my mind I believe it was a real book.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Aug 04 - 03:31 PM

Just browing through and did a search for Pitman's bible stories. I noticed a thread from 1998 but no leads. Six years later, does anyone have a written or published source or has anyone (Louis Killen included) recorded any?


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 12 Aug 04 - 04:28 PM

The only thing I have found is this:

Midnight Special Playlist
   26. Lou Killen: The Nativity from The Pitman's Bible (trad) (Old Town School 12/2/79) WFMT recording


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 12 Aug 04 - 04:40 PM

More here: http://www.centrohd.com/biogra/k1/lou_killen_b.htm


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST,Leadfingers
Date: 12 Aug 04 - 09:59 PM

There were some 78rpm records made in Glasgow dialect of Bible stories - I heard several done by a serviceman is Singapore in the late Sixties round the Singapore Folk Clubs - VERY Funny . These I am sure predated the Louis Killen and High Level Ranters sstuff by a long way .


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Hollowfox
Date: 13 Aug 04 - 01:07 PM

Well, at Old Songs Folk Festival this year, I seem to recall himsaying something to the effect that he has recorded them for archival purposes, but does not intend to publish a cd at this time.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST,ccder1024
Date: 10 Mar 18 - 09:48 PM

I have access to Lou Killen's early and late shows on 1980-Nov-01 from McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. One of those shows has Killen telling the story of the nativity from a Northumbrian perspective -- is this what is being sought? Not yet digitized, but can be.

-Fred


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 03:10 PM

I too have a recording of Killen telling the Nativity story; in fact two recordings, from evenings at different folk clubs. One I digitised a few years ago; the second I am digitising right now, as I write this (prompted, as you might guess, from the revival of this thread).

I recall him reciting part of another tale, where the authorities come to capture Jesus, but I think he may have recited only an excerpt of that one rather than the whole episode from the Pitman's Bible. That may be on the tape that is running now.

On the first one, before launching into The Nativity, he says "I just got another one from Jimmy (unclear surname, sounds like Neuru, and some further unclear words) at South Shields (last?) night, but I haven't worked that one up yet. That's about Nebuchadnezzar, the great trade union leader, and naturally them three strappin' lads from one of the Stanley pits, Meshak (any more names drowned by audience laughter). Never mind, you haven't heard the one about that famous lad from Bedlin'ton -- Beowulf. He used to guard the leek (mumble) Well he used to guard the allotments, just about leeks. He was called away to Denmark to fight that great leek-slashing monster; Denmark then being of course the country for growin' leeks".

Given at least my two recordings of The Nativity and the abovementioned one, but (so far) none of any other stories, it may be that he seldom or never recited any of the others.

One not-exactly Bible story on a recording is The Parable of the Lost Shekels as told by Jack Elliot.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 04:40 PM

There is apparently a recording of Geordie Christmas at the British Library
"Killen, Louis (male)

Description
Recording notes: Very low recording level, noticable tape hiss..."

https://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Keith-Summers-Collection/025M-C1002X0082XX-1300V0#volume
[it wouldn't play on my android tablet]


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 06:06 PM

I've now captured my second recording, which is from Reading University Folk Club, 26th Feb 1970. It is of better quality than my first one and very much better than the one linked to in the previous post, so I suppose I ought to make it available. Watch this space.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Susan of DT
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 06:58 PM

When this becomes available, I will alert Rich Kaufman (the original poster 20 years ago) if he does not see it himself. He is still around and in my neighborhood. And he is still interested in this.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 07:19 PM

OK, it's now here.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 12 Mar 18 - 09:08 AM

:-)
Thank you Richard.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 07:17 AM

I've now remembered that I also have (or had) a recording of someone, probably Killen again, telling the Exodus story. But dunno whether I can find it.

Off hand I can recall a snippet: "They piled their wives and their bairns and their duds back on the bogies, and aweea they aal went, tappie-lappie across the desert."


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 07:28 AM

Found it!

I'll put it up shortly.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 07:43 AM

Pitman's bible?

Was it written in shorthand?

I'll get my coat...

DtG


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Richard Mellish
Date: 13 Mar 18 - 09:39 AM

The recording of Killen telling the tale of Exodus is now here.

I think my recording is a copy of a friend's made on mediocre equipment (an upright recorder taking 3 inch spools on the top, for anyone who remembers those) and the quality is poorer than my recording of The Nativity, but I've done what I can to improve it. At the 9 min 48 sec point there's a glitch where a bit got missed. I think my friend may have had to change his tape at that point.

Anyway it is what it is.

As with the other one I've used ogg vorbis format as that is reputedly better than mp3, but if anyone can't read that let me know, preferably by PM.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 15 Mar 18 - 02:41 PM

I'm pretty certain that Louis got the Exodus story from Jim Irvine, MC of the Marsden Inn folk club in South Shields in the mid sixties.

I had got it from my pal John Greenwell (who much preferred Ray Charles to folk music) in the Grey Hen pub in Harton about 1963 and I gave it to Jim in written form- he made a great job of it, and often recited it on Marsden Rattlers bookings- we did not do GIGS!

We were often favoured by visits from Louis in those days & I expect that's how Louis got it.

nb this is not a claim that it was the original version, just a comment which may be of interest


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 16 Mar 18 - 03:30 AM

I was going to suggest that the Jim that Lou Killen mentioned would be Jim Irvine as I have heard him tell the story of The Fiery Furnace and King Nebby (but you didn't call him Nebby to his fyece).
You wouldn't like The Grey Hen these days Jim B - cold, barren and run down; not the jovial welcoming place back the time you quote.


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 16 Mar 18 - 10:26 AM

Yes Dave, many a Sunday night playing fives and threes & three card brag were superseded by the wonderful Sunday nights at the Marsden- sorry to hear the Grey Hen has gone downhill. Was once warned by the police about making tunnels in a haystack which was on the site, before the pub was built - changed times! Built by Rowell's brewery of Gateshead- also long gone

On the subject of Bible Stories, the Newcastle publisher Frank Graham put out lots of thin publications (64pp?) on local culture. My memory told me that one of them was of Geordie Bible Stories?

I've just confirmed this- it's avaiable on Amazon for £3.50 or one penny if a used one will do! (plus p&p)

..so Moses clashed the watter & it parted asunder or was it a Monda'-    or something like that...      

gan canny as Jim Irvine would say


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Mar 18 - 10:50 AM

In a not unsimilar vein : Give up your aul sins

Bible stories told by Dublin schoolchildren   during the 1950s


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: GUEST,Trevor Sheridan
Date: 18 Mar 18 - 02:17 PM

You're right Jim on the booklet. I have one published 1971 and called The Geordie Bible written and composed by Andrew Elliott but it is just nine stories wth biblical titles. They are not the classic stories that Jim Irvine used to recite but I'm sure there was another booklet or pamphlet produced in the 70's
Gan canny


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Subject: RE: Seeking the Pitman's Bible
From: Little Robyn
Date: 19 Mar 18 - 06:59 AM

Danny Spooner used to do the Moses one - 'the lads were workin' on the pyramids....' and they went on strike because there was 'no more Newcastle Broon!' I don't know if he ever recorded it.
Robyn


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