We seem to have hit a little seam of industrial oriented songs of late, but this is another from Jon’s camp days and he recalls, “The Blackleg Miner controversy briefly threatened to split FSC asunder – should you sing it fast or slow? (Slow obviously)” Blimey! I was a little worried as I started to read that that we were entering choppy political waters, but I guess we are and it can’t be avoided. Without wishing to stir a hornets nest of polemic, however, this Wiki link is informative. Steeleye recorded this on Hark! The Village Wait. The notes on that say,
“It is strange that a song as powerful and as singable as this should be so rare, yet it has only once been collected, from a man in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in 1949. Seghill and Seaton Delaval (presumably the Delaval mentioned in the song) are adjacent mining villages about six miles north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but it is difficult to date the song due to the innumerable mining strikes which have occurred. It is, however, interesting in as much as it illustrates the violent hatred felt by the “union” men toward the blacklegs.”
Should you wish there’s more at Mudcat and obvious indications of how this song has travelled, but also sadly gained a renewed relevance in recent history.
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