Memories - Keepers Lock Lock Music KLCD 003 (2000) 1 Introduction and Narration Vickers 2 Rough Neck Navvy Band Lee/Meleady 3 Banks of the Nile Trad 4 Called to Arms Lee/Meleady 5 Joshua Ridley (narrative) Lee 6 Our Josh Lee 7 Bargees March Away Lee/Meleady 8 Billy (narrative) Vickers 9 Darling Lizzie Lee/Meleady 10 Jack Bishop (narrative) Vickers 11 Training the Land Girls' Army Lee/Meleady 12 Sammy's Gone to War Lee 13 Yesterday's Heroes Andrews 14 The Bright New Future Song Lee/Trad Sleeve Notes : "Keepers Lock on this their third album, provide us with yet another amazing opportunity to look back in time at the lives of those men and women who carved a niche for themselves, living and working on the canals of England. From the mid-eighteenth century, when England was deeply involved in war with France and many other campaigns, right up until the last World War (1939-45), canals have played a huge part in the shaping of our history. Memories, an intimate window on the past, looking through the eyes of those people who were affected by the times and tides of war. Each song painting an evocative picture of the period it represents. From the far off navvies and bankers, the boatmen, number ones and company men (and boys), the lock gate keepers, toll collectors, wharfingers, lengthsmen and all the others who went off blithely believing that war was the way to a better future. To the wives, daughters, sweethearts and sisters left behind to carry on the work - regardless." On this, their third recording, Keepers Lock were John Meleady, Sue Lee and Barry Vickers. Most recently the members of Keepers Lock were Suzie Litton-Wood and John Meleady. They have kindly given permission for the song lyrics to be included on this site. My thanks to them. Though they stopped performing at the end of 2018, copies of their five CDs (which are highly recommended by this web- master) are available directly by contacting them via keeperslock@virginmedia.com. Suzie is also the author of ‘Our Josh’ which is a story of a canal family set at the outset of WWI.
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