Musicians toast the heritage of coal mining

Playing the Pitmen Poets, left to right, Jez Lowe, Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox and Benny Graham.''Pic Paul Norris
Playing the Pitmen Poets, left to right, Jez Lowe, Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox and Benny Graham.''Pic Paul Norris

A new show coming to Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre in January will tell the rich story of coal mining in the North East.

The Pitmen Poets, featuring Lindisfarne’s former guitarist Billy Mitchell, along with Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Benny Graham, celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of north-east England’s mining tradition.

The new tour combines music, song and spoken word, together with archive footage and photography, providing an entertaining and nostalgic look at a once great industry, which still touches the lives of many.

The Pitman Poets first toured together in 2011 and since then Samuel West’s revival of the seminal Close the Coalhouse Door and Lee Hall’s Pitmen Painters on the West End have helped renew interest in the subject.

Bob Fox has been a professional musician for 40 years and his credits include playing in the duo Hedgehog Pie. Jez Lowe received a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for best singer and best new song. Benny Graham worked as a solo performer before forming the trio Pegleg Ferret.

The Pitmen Poets is at Pavilion Arts Centre on January 6, at 7.30pm. Tickets £20. Call 01298 72190 or visit www.
buxtonoperahouse.org.uk