Merchants of Brummagem by Phil Clayton Recorded by The Light Side The Merchants of Brummagem, gunsmiths and toymakers, Makers of buckles, snuff boxes and …. Spoken: trinkets and tweezers and tooth pick cases and tea chests and inkstands and watch chains and cork screws and buttons and guns and tortoiseshell boxes and candlesticks and snuffers and filigree work … … of both silver and gold They wanted an outlet for their manufacturies And a steady supply of good Black Country coal. They’ve opened a cut from Worsley to Manchester, Plans are afoot to join Mersey and Trent. A scheme is proposed for the Stafford and Worcestershire For seventy thousand – money well spent. A meeting’s been called at the Swan Inn next Wednesday, It’s bound to attract the great men of the Town. We’ll find a surveyor and start raising capital, Come, Gentlemen all, pay your money down. Who’ll build our canal to bring coals into Birmingham? Brindley’s the man who can bring it to hand. He’s quickly becoming a national celebrity. Locks, tunnels and bridges are his to command. On the sixth of November, the year 1769 Three coal boats unloaded by Friday Street wharf It was the occasion for much jubilation For the price of the coal went down nearly half It was the occasion for much jubilation For the price of the coal went down nearly half In 2019, on the 200th anniversary of the opening of the original Birmingham Canal into the town, Phil Clayton put together a musical, Birmingham Lads .... and Friends, telling something of the history of the canals in the Birmingham and Black Country area. Although focusing on the BCN itself, it started from a song he’d written for the 2012 Golden Anniversary of the ‘Battle of Stourbridge’, The Lions of Stourbridge. Over the years Phil added more songs, mixing contemporary songs, of which this is one, and more up to date canal standards to make an hour long show supported by much visual material. The group The Light Side performed the musical for the BCN Society’s celebratory cruise into Brum marking the anniversary at the Crescent Theatre’s Studio. The show is available on DVD and can be viewed on this website.
Merchants of Brummagem by Phil Clayton Recorded by The Light Side The Merchants of Brummagem, gunsmiths and toymakers, Makers of buckles, snuff boxes and …. Spoken: trinkets and tweezers and tooth pick cases and tea chests and inkstands and watch chains and cork screws and buttons and guns and tortoiseshell boxes and candlesticks and snuffers and filigree work … … of both silver and gold They wanted an outlet for their manufacturies And a steady supply of good Black Country coal. They’ve opened a cut from Worsley to Manchester, Plans are afoot to join Mersey and Trent. A scheme is proposed for the Stafford and Worcestershire For seventy thousand – money well spent. A meeting’s been called at the Swan Inn next Wednesday, It’s bound to attract the great men of the Town. We’ll find a surveyor and start raising capital, Come, Gentlemen all, pay your money down. Who’ll build our canal to bring coals into Birmingham? Brindley’s the man who can bring it to hand. He’s quickly becoming a national celebrity. Locks, tunnels and bridges are his to command. On the sixth of November, the year 1769 Three coal boats unloaded by Friday Street wharf It was the occasion for much jubilation For the price of the coal went down nearly half It was the occasion for much jubilation For the price of the coal went down nearly half In 2019, on the 200th anniversary of the opening of the original Birmingham Canal into the town, Phil Clayton put together a musical, Birmingham Lads .... and Friends, telling something of the history of the canals in the Birmingham and Black Country area. Although focusing on the BCN itself, it started from a song he’d written for the 2012 Golden Anniversary of the ‘Battle of Stourbridge’, The Lions of Stourbridge. Over the years Phil added more songs, mixing contemporary songs, of which this is one, and more up to date canal standards to make an hour long show supported by much visual material. The group The Light Side performed the musical for the BCN Society’s celebratory cruise into Brum marking the anniversary at the Crescent Theatre’s Studio. The show is available on DVD and can be viewed on this website.