Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Northern Coal Miner

For most of my life I’ve worked here at the mine, this dim miserable dusty old hole. From when I rise from my sleep, ‘til I’m ready to drop it’s all about digging the coal. “Can’t slow down, Boys,” the … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 3 of 3)

Mummers’ Song by Simani Mummering is an age old tradition that came to our shores along with the European visitors who, for one reason or another, decided to stay. These days it’s only practiced occasionally and mainly in our rural … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 2 of 3)

A Childrens’ Winter by Dermot O’Reilly Though not necessarily a Christmas song, it’s not unusual to hear it performed in clubs and at concerts this time of the year. The easy D-A-G arrangement makes this ideal as something to loosen up the … Continue reading

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Christmas Songs: My Top Ten (Part 1 of 3)

Number 10: Tinsel Town by Jimmy Rankin Christmas is almost upon us. In fact as Jimmy’s opening line, “everywhere you look, everywhere you go,” notes, it’s kind of hard to miss. Especially on the radio; every station finds a reason … Continue reading

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