Blog No.2: A Musical ‘History’ Of Northumberland & Durham – All Parts & Tracks


BLOG NO. 2 – CLICK HERE IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ BLOG NO.1 FIRST – If you’d like to read first why I wrote these 65 tracks, then click HERE to read that blog. (Blue text are external links, which will open in a new browser window.)

(Those getting this via email won’t be able to see the tracks. Clicking on the title of the blog will open it in a tab of your web browser. For those reading on a iPad, the tracks will open in a separate browser windows and not play on the Page. Apologies.)

This is for those who either want to just have a brief skim through all 65 tracks before getting the blogs with an explanation to each one, or for those who just don’t want to wait for all the blogs! There are 13 tracks in each ‘album’, with five ‘albums’ in all, covering over three hundred years of history – both real and fictional – relating the English northeastern counties of what were Northumberland and Durham, but now Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Durham including Teesside. As such, some of the songs are sung in the old Northumbrian, Geordie or Pitmatic accents and dialects, which will be explained in the blogs that cover four or five tracks at a time.

The dates by the track are either just where I have placed them (e.g. c.1710); this is when the traditional song was written; or this is when the historical event they portray happened. Keep in mind the music styles will change greatly from Parts 1 to 5 as they reflect the time they depict.

If any ex- or working miners out there spot any technical mistakes, please let me know in the comments section at the bottom of the page. If anyone else spots typos, please let me know. Thanks.

Click on a track to play it. Your cursor over the track region will also allow you to scroll through the tracks, but move your cursor out of this region to scroll down the page.

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I ONLY RECENTLY DISCOVERED THAT YOU CAN’T PLAY THESE TRACKS DIRECTLY ON AN IPAD, AND YOU ARE DIVERTED TO A BROWSER. APOLOGIES FOR THIS, AND I HOPE IT DOESN’T STOP YOU FROM LISTENING TO THEM.

Recorded in Weston Lullingfields & Oswestry, Shropshire © Mak Wilson 1974, 1976, 1977, 1993, 2007 & 2017

CLICK HERE TO GO TO BLOG NO.3, WHICH IS PART 1 OF ‘MY CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC LEGENDS‘, THE FIRST TWO BEING MY STRANGE MEETINGS WITH HARRY NILSSON AND STEPHEN SONDHEIM.

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