Jon and Fay are strong and clear on this one and Jon recalls, “I came across the work of Graeme Miles through the singing of Robin Dale at the Colpitts in Durham. This was one of the really big chorus songs that were sung regularly and was probably my favourite.” There’s some debate as to what sea coal is, some have suggested in might be waste dumped at sea (try this link) and this link offers some different interpretations, including the idea that it was a highly prized, clean burning natural variant. Whichever is true, it seems that the coal was gathered on the sea shore and the implications of the song suggest that it was comparatively cheap, as the protagonists are faced with a choice of food or heat. Another nice variation today and I have to say I enjoyed this a lot. If you want to find out more about Graeme, then here’s a start.
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