They're Coming Back to the Water Songs of the Inland Waterways Jeff Dennison and Benny Graham Folk Sound Records FSCD 47 (1997) 1 They're Coming Back to the Water Johnny Handle 2 The Manchester Canal or The S.S. Irwell - 3 When Leeds Becomes a Seaport Town - 4 All Hail This Grand Day - 5 The Wandering Navvy Boy - 6 The Rochdale Nine Fred Rogers 7 Still Waters Ian Hartland 8 Broken Boats Barry Skinner 9 The Narrow Lock Gate Bill Caddick 10 Moving Up the Cuts Barry Skinner 11 Down at the Pub on the Cut Johnny Handle 12 The Tommy Note - 13 The Rosemary Peter Dodds 14 Push, Boys, Push - 15 Girl on the Cut / Keep Your Hands Off Ian Campbell / - 16 Bristol Through to Reading Foxwell, Bale and Bartholomew 17 I Know That I'll Be Back Again Fred 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 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 and 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.
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