They're Coming Back
to the Water

Songs of the Inland Waterways


Jeff Dennison and Benny Graham
Folk Sound Records FSCD 47 (1997)

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1They're Coming Back to the WaterJohnny Handle
2The Manchester Canal or The S.S. Irwell-
3When Leeds Becomes a Seaport Town-
4All Hail This Grand Day-
5The Wandering Navvy Boy-
6The Rochdale NineFred Rogers
7Still WatersIan Hartland
8Broken BoatsBarry Skinner
9The Narrow Lock GateBill Caddick
10Moving Up the CutsBarry Skinner
11Down at the Pub on the CutJohnny Handle
12The Tommy Note-
13The RosemaryPeter Dodds
14Push, Boys, Push-
15Girl on the Cut / Keep Your Hands OffIan Campbell /-
16Bristol Through to ReadingFoxwell, Bale and Bartholomew
17I Know That I'll Be Back AgainFred Rogers


You may still be able to buy CD copies of the 1997 audio recording on-line. A review of this CD with information about the songs and the artists can be found on the here on the Living Tradition website.

Jeff Dennison was a boater and well-loved canal character who lived on his boat 'Coronation' at Ansty in Warwickshire until he sadly passed away in 2002. Benny Graham is a folk singer who is steeped in the music of the north east of England. He has worked as a solo performer as well as in groups such as Pegleg Ferret and most recently The Pitmen Poets, as well as frequent involvement in the theatre. Together they put together the show "They're Coming Back to the Water" which featured songs, the spoken word and historic photos. The show was performed in many canal related venues it is very fortunate that one concert at The Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne was filmed and made available as a VHS tape. This tape is no longer available so, with Benny's kind permission, it can be viewed here. The contribution Jeff and Benny made to promoting canals through song cannot be underestimated. After Jeff's demise Benny presented the show for a while with Johnny Handle who had written the show's title song "They're Coming Back to the Water" as well as many other excellent songs which can be found on this site.