After two sell out UK tours in 2011 and 2013, The Pitmen Poets’ planned world tour was put on hold when Bob Fox was offered a starring role as The Songman in the West End production of Warhorse. Now that Bob has stopped horsing around for a while, it is time for the Poets to ride again – though Bob will be returning, soon to that particular ‘mount’…
Since the first Pitmen Poets tour in 2011, Sam West’s revival of the seminal Close the Coalhouse Door has completed a triumphant UK tour and Lee Hall’s Pitman Painters has been a hit in the West End and also on Broadway. Interest in the North East’s mining tradition has never been more intense. What better time could there be for an opportunity to experience the brilliant entertainment of The Pitmen Poets?
The Pitmen Poets celebrate the songs, humour, and culture of North East England’s Coal Mining tradition, bringing together four of the region’s leading champions of it’s musical heritage. Ex-Lindisfarne & Jack The Lad singer and writer Billy Mitchell, song man from London’s west end musical Warhorse, Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee songwriter Jez Lowe – individually and collectively, The Pitmen Poets.
With archive footage and photographs, this is a journey through the centuries of a once-great industry, from the songs that saw it thrive and dominate, to those that saw it’s demise and the resulting aftermath.
“The stark setting of New Hartley’s Memorial Hall was transformed into an emotional hothouse during the concert by the Pitmen Poets. The audience sang along, laughed and also shared moments of sadness as the combined talents of Billy Mitchell, Jez Lowe, Benny Graham and Bob Fox took them on an epic journey through the life and times of the Northumberland and Durham coalfields. What a great night!” (Brian Coles – Rock of the North)
“…it was most definitely standing room only as the audience filled the room (and beyond) to be equally moved and amused by songs spanning two centuries”. (Living Tradition Review, Costa Del Folk)
Artists’ website: www.thepitmenpoets.co.uk
Remaining Tour Dates:
Sunday 12 Mansfield, Palace Theatre Leeming Street, Mansfield NG18 1NG · 01623 412951 www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre 7.30pm £18.50 £17.50 + B/fee
Monday 13 Crewe, Lyceum Theatre Heath Street, Crewe CW1 2DA · 01270 368242 https://crewelyceum.co.uk 7.30pm
Tuesday 14 Melksham, Assembly Hall Market Place, Market Place, Melksham SN12 6ES · 01225 709887 www.melkshamtown.co.uk 7.30pm £18
Wednesday 15 London, Kings Place 90 York Way, London N1 9AG · 020 7014 2838 www.kingsplace.co.uk 8pm Online Price: £14.50 – £34.50 | Savers £9.50*
Thursday 16 Bury, The Met Market Street, Bury BL9 0BW · 0161 761 7107 www.themet.biz 7.30pm
Friday 17 Bathgate, Regal Community Theatre 24-34 North Bridge Street, Bathgate West Lothain EH48 4PS · 01506 632558 www.bathgateregal.org 7.30pm £20
Saturday 18 Hexham, Queens Hall Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS · 01434 652477 www.queenshall.co.uk 8pm £18.50
Sunday 19 Gateshead, Sage St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR · 0191 443 4666 www.sagegateshead.com 8pm £21.50, £19.35. Includes 7.5% handling fee.