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Manton Colliery, 1984

Manton Colliery, 1984

Just a quick one!

We were out on the live music circuit last night, and really enjoyed a version of ‘Black Leg Miner’ played by Shaggy, from local band Flat Stanley. It’s a shame we didn’t think to talk about it last month – it’s a great song, and of course is about the miners’ strike itself. Famously, its perspective is that of the ‘scab’, and it probably gets to the heart of the bitterness of the strike all the better for it.

You can watch a video of the Steeleye Span version of the song here. The pictures aren’t exactly of the right period, but you get the gist! The good ol’ pub is still the best place to catch the best – and most unexpected – of English music (folk and otherwise), we think. Get down to your local and support the live stuff.

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