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Looking for music related to mining

I am looking for repertoire ideas for a community ensemble related to the mining profession, specifically, but not limited to, the turn of the century through the first world war. SATB, SAB, bass cleff choir, treble cleff choir, solos and small groups. I'm open to any suggestions. The community was built on copper mining and they wish to celebrate their heritage with a concert based upon this theme. I'm classically oriented so this is a stretch for me. Any ideas will be helpful. 
 
Thank you, 
Blair Buffington
on June 5, 2013 11:23am
Some that come to mind at first would be (though not specifically from the time you asked about) - 
 
John Henry (there is a Parker/Shaw SATB setting of this folksong/legend, and probably others)
 
"Look Down"  - the opening song in Les Miserables
 
"16 Tons" - the folksong popularized by Tennessee Ernie Ford (though it is particularly about coal mining).
 
There also might be a song from "Billy Elliot" that you could use, since it is set in the mining community in Great Britain.
 
Good Luck with your program!
 
SJS
on June 5, 2013 11:34am
There are a number of settings of "Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill", that come immediately to mind...
on June 5, 2013 11:47am
Here are links to some suggestions:
 
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCF909DA14CE415DF [4 hours of songs dedicated to Tony Oppegard, a lawyer who is fighting for miners' rights and safety]
 
Also, I Am a Union Woman might be fun....
 
Best,
Cynthia Frank
Mendocino Women's Choir
 
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on June 5, 2013 11:49am
Sixteen Tons springs to mind - lots of arrangements of that available.  Also Drill Ye Tarriers that (I think)  is arranged by Emily Crocker.
on June 5, 2013 3:54pm
clearly some music by william COPPER ... though my name's ancestry appears to be the mines in southern england
on June 6, 2013 3:57am
For comedy value - The Beatles, I Me Mine.
on June 6, 2013 3:57am
Check out the Men of the Deeps from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. A wonderful choir of men who have worked in mining. They have recordings and printed music available! 
on June 6, 2013 5:16am
There was a de Cormier work called "The Miner's Lament." Not sure if it was TTBB or SATB. Lawson-Gould publication
on June 6, 2013 5:47am
It's gold mining rather than copper mining, but "Clementine" came to mind immediately when I read your query. So did the song, "Sweet Betsy from Pike".
 
 
 
Donna
on June 6, 2013 6:01am
Some things for men's voices come to mind:
"Red Iron Ore": arr by Calvin Langejans, (Mark Foster)
"Byker Hill" arr. Sandler (Hinshaw)
on June 6, 2013 9:02am
 
 
 Decades ago learned a Japanese coal-mining Folk dance and tune called- if I remember- Tantko Buschi. It consists iof singing and moving in a line imitating  a bending/shoveling action. Kids would love it!
SIR
on June 6, 2013 2:20pm
Neil Ginsberg did a great arrangement of This Old Hammer: http://www.jwpepper.com/10274348.item
on June 6, 2013 6:16pm
 
I have an arrangement of a New Zealand folksong "Down in the Brunner Mine" - however it is about a mining disaster so perhaps not so appropriate for a celebratory event. Hwoever if interested contact me. The current setting is SSA but could be re-done easily for SATB. The text begins:
 
They work in the heat and the coal black dust,
sticks to the skin like a burn'd pie crust,
we curse each day that a miner must
go down in the Brunner mine.
 
David Hamilton
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
david(a)dbhmusic.co.nz
 
 
on June 6, 2013 7:28pm
Hi Blair, nice to run into you on Choralnet!  Hope you are well.  I have a piece which has as one of its themes a section about the unemployed quarry workers in Northern Wales in the 1950s and 60s.  It is sung in Welsh with the thing translated by a soloist in English.  The piece is about 10 minutes long and celebrates the Welsh people's love for their language, the quarry/mining reference, and it memorializes the flooding of the Valley of Tryweryn, a little valley across the border from Liverpool which the City of Liverpool had flooded as a reservoir for their industrial water needs.  Noone in Wales wanted it, but they were powerless to stop it. It became the Vietnam of the young generation in Wales during the 60s.
 
It is part of my Celtic Mass, HEAVEN & EARTH: Mass on the Celtic Journey.  I can send you a pdf if you are interested.  It requires a good baritone soloist and 4 part men.  The three themes each have their own melody, and a fourth melody is a chant on the Benedictus text.  The piece honors Lord Dafydd Wigley, cousin of Paul Wigley who used to teach at Algona HS, had the River City Barbershoppers in mason City, and ended his career in Minnesota at Lakeville North HS.  The three themes were given to my by Dafydd as that which guided his political career-- 2 - time MP, former President of the Welsh National Assembly, which he helped to found.
 
Let me know,
Ben Allaway
 
 
 
on June 6, 2013 7:30pm
Sacramento Sis Joe by Jackson Berkey.  It is probably more about the gold rush but I'm sure some of the 49ers were miners.
 
on June 7, 2013 5:14am
"You'll never leave Harlan Alive"  
 
Coal mining again, not copper mining, but man, that's a pretty tune...  "Where the sun comes up about ten in the morning and the sun goes down about three in the day, and you fill your cup with whatever bitter brew you're drinking and you spend your life just thinking of how to get away."  
 
I'm pretty sure there are no cheerful mining songs, only depressing ones about how the company is taking advantage of the miners.  That may present some difficulties for an all mining program.  
on June 7, 2013 6:50am
Greetings, 
 
I have a folk oratorio Coal, scored for SATB chorus, Appalachian band, electronics made from mining sounds and keyboard based on the lore and culture of coal mining in West Virginia during the period you mentioned. Some of the movements are very specific. There are, however, several for SATB+keyboard that are general enough that they could easily be used for other types of mining.  Please let me know if you'd like more information. 
 
Best,
Judith  
 
____________________________
Judith Shatin
William R. Kenan, Jr. Prof. 
McIntire Department of Music
www.judithshatin.com
 
 
  
on June 8, 2013 4:58am
Living in Cornwall where there is a rich heritage of copper and tin mining have you looked at Cornish folk songs? 
Have a look at Cornish folk group Dalla www.dalla.co.uk
They have a recording suitable for women or trebles called Bal Maidens' about the role women played in the mining industry. It's on the album ' Rooz' . A lively songs very suitable for concert performance.
This group have several mining themed songs and are good source.
 
Sweet nightingale ' a cornish folk songs is said to be one of the oldest surviving folk songs , originally heard sung by miners working in Germany and brought back to Cornwall.
 
Have you tried ' Shall we gather at the river' arranged any Alwyn Humphries - a song often sung by Cornish tin miners and his arrangement is lovely.
 
You could also try looking at the Cornish heritage sites
on June 8, 2013 6:06am
Nobody seems to have mentioned "It's a Working Man I Am"  --On YouTube ref:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkOteYufGOg‎ and the words & chords are:
 
 
       G                                              C                               G
It's a working man I am, and I've been down underground
 
                                                      D
And I swear to God if I ever see the sun
 
       G                                 C                          G
Or for any length of time, I can hold it in my mind
 
                       D                             G
I never again will go down underground
 
 
       G                                    C                               G
At the age of sixteen years, Oh he quarreled with his peers
 
                                                      D
Who swore that never see another one
 
       G                                              C                               G
In the dark recess of the mines, where you age before your time
 
                       D                             G
And the coal dust lies heavy on your lungs.
 
 
  G                                       C                           G
At the age of sixty four, he'll greet you at the door
 
                                           D
And gently lead you by the arm
 
       G                                              C                               G
To the dark recess of the mines, he'll take you back in time
 
                       D                             G
And he tell you of the hardships that were had
 
Great Song -- hope you can use it.  John Reid.

 
on June 8, 2013 9:40am
You might check out the work of Men Of The Deeps - www.menofthedeeps.com/ from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia - they're a miners' choir that's been singing since 1966, so there's lots of material out there!
on June 9, 2013 6:40am
Songs of a Prospector is a set of 5 SAB songs by Stephen Chatman. Don't let the SAB voicing dissuade you; the pieces are wonderful. I have done them with college choirs.
 
Tom Bookhout
on June 20, 2013 5:21am
There's a wealth of music based on the coalmining communities of North East England - Collier's Rant, Rap her to bank, and the Bonnie Pit Laddie spring to mind. Not all of them are depressing, and there are some fantastic tunes. Google Northumbrian mining songs, and The High Level Ranters to start searching... Especially worth checking out is a play with music called 'Close the Coalhouse Door. Alex Glasgow the composer (now sadly gone from us) can be heard on youTube singing the title song. He accompanies himself on guitar, but it works equally well unaccompanied. Definitely worth a solo spot! If you have difficulty with any dialect phrases, do get in touch...
 
best
 
Alex Murchie
on June 21, 2013 4:17am
"Working in a Coal Mine"  Lee Dorsey  1966  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsoa1wHJT2E
 
Working In A Coalmine by Lee Dorsey

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down

Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm all ready up and gone
Lord I am so tired
How long can this go on?
 
I'm workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
 
Cos I'm on call in the mornin'
Oh I go by the coal
But when Saturday goes around
I'm too tired for havin' fun (Too tired for having fun)
 
I been workin'in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
Lord I am so tired
How long can this go on?
 
I'm workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down

Workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
 
Five o'clock in the mornin'
I'm all ready up and gone
Lord I am so tired
How long can this go on?
I'm workin' in a coal mine
Goin' down down down
Workin' in a coal mine
Whop! about to slip down
on June 21, 2013 3:10pm
"The Avondale Mine Disaster" is a strophic song about the event on September 6, 1869.  It is published, melody and text, in Sail Away, 155 American Folk Songs to sing, read, and play.  Selected and Edited by Eleanor G. Locke, Boosey & Hawkes, 1981.  
Jennifer Cooper
on June 22, 2013 5:03am
St Barbara is the patron saint of miners, and she features in the traditions and songs of many mining communities in Europe. For one example, see Wikipedia on Santa Bárbara bendita.
on June 22, 2013 12:48pm
Nathaniel dett. Music of the mine possibly out of print try library of congress
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