Songs and Stories

Keepers Lock

Lock Music KLCD 001 (1997)




1Introduction Trad
2Inland NavigationTrad
3 One May Morning Trad
4Alice WhiteAlan Bell
5 The Vicar's Donkey (Story) Vickers
6Poor Old HorseTrad
7Tom BeacheyDavid Blagrove
8Rosie Cooper Lee
9Push, Boys, PushDudley Canal Tunnel Trust
10The TilburyTrad
11 The Toll Collector (poem) Vickers
12Hard Working BoaterDavid Blagrove
13 The Boatman (poem) Vickers
14Shropshire Union Martin Graebe
15Waterways LamentDavid Blagrove
16Working on the Railway Trad

Keepers Lock perform songs and tell stories of the Grand Canal Era. From the vision of Bridgewater, the genius of Rennie and Telford, conspiring to create the greatest transport revolution of the age. From the earliest days of the navigators, that army of men, women and children who dug, scratched, clawed and burrowed their way up and down the country, sweating blood for a pittance. Building a network of inland waterways, through which England's life-blood of commerce and industry would flow. Through the heyday of horse drawn boats, the Number One's, the company men. And on to the wonder of the age ... steam!
Keepers Lock with all the magic of their story telling wizardry and colourful traditional costume, will transport you through the hardship, pain and misery, the excitement, joy and happiness of the boatmen and their families, their strangely unique and totally separate community. Whose fates and fortunes were governed by the continually changing whims and fancies of the many carrying companies, industries, and Government policies, all of which were as fickle as the ever changing weather. Eventually seeing their entire way of life brought to an untimely end by the very same technology that heralded it's success."

On this, their first recording, Keepers Lock were John Meleady, Ray Bradfield, 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 have recently (Sept 2018) decided to stop performing, copies of their five CDs (which are highly recommended by this web-master) are available directly by contacting them via 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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