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The English Canals

Jon Raven, John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris: The English Canals (Broadside BRO 118)

The English Canals
Jon Raven, John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris

Broadside Records BRO 118 (LP, UK, 1977)

This record contains three programmes originally broadcast on “Folkweave” BBC Radio 1&2. The programmes, each lasting approximately 22 minutes, tell the story of the construction, use and decline of the English canal system during the period from the mid-18th century to the present day.

Produced by Tony Hale (BBC);
Sleeve design: Robin Scot-Cooper;
Front sleeve engraving: “Illustrated London News” October 10, 1974

Musicians

Jon Raven, research, narration, readings, vocals, guitar, dulcimer;
John Kirkpatrick, readings, vocals, accordion, concertina, melodeon;
Sue Harris, vocals, oboe

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Canal Builders: Labourers, Craftsmen and Engineers
  2. First Half of The Boatmen: Life on the Cuts. Rise and Decline of Canals
  1. Second Half of The Boatmen: Life on the Cuts. Rise and Decline of Canals
  2. Canals in the Late 19th and 20th Centuries

Reference Material

  • Anthony Burton, The Canal Builders, Eyre and Methuen, 1972
  • Charles Hadfield, The Canal Age, David and Charles, 1968. Pan, 1971
  • Jon and Kate Raven, Canal Songs, Broadside Records, 1974
  • Joseph Priestley, Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals and Railways of Great Britan, 1831
  • L.T.C. Rolt, Inland Waterways of Great Britain, Allen and Unwin, 1950
  • L.T.C. Rolt, Navigable Waterways, Longmans, 1969
  • Samuel Smiles, Life of the Engineers, various volumes, 1862 etc.
  • George Smith, Canal Adventures by Moonlight, 1881
  • Government White Paper on Canals, 1967
  • Royal Commission on Canals and Inland Waterways, 7 volumes 1906-11
  • Select Committee on Canals, 1878 and 1883