The National Coal Mining Museum for England presents performance series: Mining, Music and Words celebrating coal mining life

Mining, Music and Words
6 March, 3 April, 8 May
2pm – 4pm

This spring the National Coal Mining Museum for England present a series of live performances celebrating the lives of coal miners.

Mining, Music and Words will take place over three Sundays over the coming months; 6 March, 3 April and 8 May from 2pm – 4pm and will feature local poets and musicians performing songs and spoken word connected to the lives of miners and life in Yorkshire.

Each performance will introduce different acts and audiences are welcome to join in and share their own creations. Performers include the Imba Basi Band who have composed music and lyrical poetry specifically for this event. Taking inspiration from mining and Yorkshire life, the Imba Basi Band mix the rhythms of Africa with beautiful Western acoustic to combine music rich in harmonies and soul.

For the March performance Wakefield poet and spoken word activist Jimmy Andrex, who co-founded Red Shed Readings, Wakefield’s first regular spoken word event will be showcasing his own works. His published works include Gormless and Leet and is a regular presenter on ELFM’s Love the Word Programme.

Firm of Poets’ founding members Matt Abbott and Ralph Dartford will also be joining the 3 April performance to deliver a free workshop; Digging Deep for Poetry from 11am – 1pm. Matt and Ralph will teach audiences to perform poetry in public, presentation skills and how to get an audience on your side. Audiences can bring their own poems written on the theme of ‘coal’ and will be able to perform in front of fellow poets.

Local songwriter and musician Ray Hearne will be joining the performances on 8 May to deliver contemporary songs in a traditional idiom. Born in Rotherham to Irish parents, Ray has a strong connection with Yorkshire and Ireland, and uses his songs to bring the two cultures together. His works can be heard on weekly broadcasts on BBC Radio Sheffield.

Mining, Music and Words is part of the Museum’s new exhibition In Our Own Words, which is an exploration of the words used by miners to describe their working world, and looks at how these words and phrases differ around the British coalfields.

The performances will be hosted in the Museum café with refreshments served throughout.

For information about the events, visit or call 01924 848806.

The exhibition runs from 9 February – 9 May 2016 and is open daily 10am – 5pm.

The Museum is free entry.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley:; 0113 243 4713 ENDS

Editor’s Notes
• The Museum is free admission
• Some individual events will incur a charge
• Free car and coach parking
• Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
• Indoor play area for children under five
• Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806 or email or visit the website at ________________________________________

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