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Presented by Folk In The Barn, in association with Gulbenkian

From Billy Elliot to Close the Coalhouse Door, When the Boat Comes in to The Pitmen Painters now hear the songs and stories of ... The Pitmen Poets.

After their sell out UK tour of 2017 the four Pitmen Poets return for their final tour in 2019.

Four giants of the traditional and contemporary folk world – Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrating the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word. Expect to be regaled with brilliant songs, poetry and hilarious anecdotes about our coalmining tradition.

Each one of the “poets” is a star in their own right but playing together the sum parts take the whole onto a different level.
Mitchell (guitar, mandolin and harmonica), Fox (guitar), Graham (accordion and a heaven-sent voice) and Lowe (guitar, cittern and harmonica) wrap their words and storytelling in beautiful collective harmonies.

The songs are about celebrating the life of the mining villages, about working class community, about solidarity. As Mitchell said, to balance things up, they’d sing songs written for and about the bosses and coal owners but there just aren’t any!

This event is part of

Folk in the Barn Series

Sun 8 September - Wed 18 December 2019
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The Gulbenkian reviews

“Whoever's idea it was to bring these four together for a show should be awarded a gold medal for services to music. ”

Ed Waugh
The Pitmen Poets

Sat 16 November 2019

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