An evening of song, laughter and some tears. It’s a celebration of the legacy of the coal mining industry, with emphasis on the community spirit forged then and struggling determinedly to survive now.
Central to the evening is a showing of the multi-award winning film Black Snow (duration 25 min) dealing with legacy of Britain’s biggest ever mining disaster, and how the community in Barnsley absorbs that heritage into their lives today.
The director, Stephen Linstead, will take questions and discuss the making of the film and how that has informed his own ideas of community and celebration.
The evening will be bookended by songs and stories of the mining life from Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee Jed Grimes, with origins from across the old mining regions of Britain.
Jed’s informative and entertaining song introductions add greatly to the understanding of those days and those
Both Stephen and Jed come from coal mining stock; Stephen in Barnsley, Jed in Ashington, Northumberland.
Best Documentary for October 2017 in the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards.
Official Selections for the Roma Cinema Doc Film Festival, and Bucharest ShortCut Film Festival, Semi-Finalist for the Social Machinery Film Festival:
“Brings folk music into the 21st century” – BBC Radio Two Folk Website
Jed was nominated (Best Traditional song Arrangement) at The 2004 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards –
his last two solo CDs, ‘Heart & Hand’, and ‘North Face’, have been rapturously receive by the roots music press, and
widely broadcast on BBC Radio Two and local stations.
Jed continues to tour festivals, arts centres and folk clubs across the UK, where his musical skills and ‘Geordie
insouciance’ entertain audiences great and small.
“Couple a timbrous voice that has a richness and depth, which you love almost from the first note, to the warmth of
his playing – add in a sprinkle of sensitive thoughtful and restrained arrangements…sheer inventiveness.”
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