Byker Hill

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English Traditional

This is song Sonia found covered by other Celtic bands, including The Cottars. It's a song from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, from the coal miners in Collier, England.

lyrics

Byker Hill
English traditional

If I had another penny
I would have another Jill
I would make the piper play
"The Bonny Lass of Byker Hill"

chorus:
Byker Hill and Walker Shore
Collier lads forever more
Byker Hill and Walker Shore
Collier lads forever more

The pitman and the keelman Jim
They drink bumble made from gin
Then to dance they do begin
To the tune of "Elsie Marley"

chorus

When first I went down to the dirt
I had no cow nor no clean shirt
Now I've gotten 2 or 3
Walker Pit's done well by me

chorus

Geordie Charlton he had a pig
He hit it with a shovel and it danced a jig
All the way to Walker Shore
To the tune of "Elsie Marley"

credits

from Threshold, track released December 13, 2014
Vocals: Sonia & Caera
Electric guitar: Manfred
Bass guitar, djembe, banjo, and percussion: Bone Deep
Conga: Sonia

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Chronilus Seattle, Washington

Chronilus is a new Celtic Fusion band from the Seattle area. Their enchanting vocal harmonies float over a musical landscape created by historical, traditional, and modern instrumentation, from all around the world.

Forging original compositions & new interpretations from ancient poems, myths, and contemporary works, Chronilus is adrift in the aether of a timeless human experience.
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