The Cocklers - Songs From a Time and Place

By Alan Bell

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Alan Bell is a veteran singer/songwriter from the North-West of England. His best known songs, amongst many, are ‘Windmills' and ‘Bread and Fishes' - the latter was recorded in several countries and was a hit in Japan. Alan also wrote for a number of radio and television productions. He was a member of the famous Blackpool Taverners Folk Group who performed in clubs, concerts, on radio and television and released four LPs. The group also sang in a Royal Command Performance.

It was in the 1960's that Alan began writing songs in the folk idiom about the Fylde Coast in Lancashire but over the years his song-writing developed and he explored other musical genres. Alan wrote song cycles for choral societies, musical suites for brass bands and songs for Radio Ballads. The Blackpool Taverners sang many of Alan's songs before the group disbanded after twenty years.

The songs on this album are about events and people within the North of Britain. Alan is accompanied by members of the Alan Bell Band: Andrew Green (guitar), Eddie Green (bass) and Sue Jennings (fiddle); plus Chris Carter (piano and snare drum), Becky Hoyle (backing vocals).

The songs cover such diverse subjects as ‘The Cocklers' (the Chinese men and women who in 2005 died on Morecambe Bay on the dangerous rising tide); ‘The Bomber' (the American Liberator which in 1940 crashed onto the Freckleton Primary School, Near Preston, killing over sixty men, women and children); ‘Farewell Harry Patch' (the last veteran of World War 1 who died in 2009 aged 111 years); ‘The Lord Middleton' (a fishing trawler which, during WW2, served as an anti-submarine ship, sailed on the Russian convoys and even took part in the D-Day landings before returning to the fishing); ‘The Minstrel' (a tribute to the men and women of the variety theatre and in particular the 1930's). Every song has a real good story to it.

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Format CD-Audio
Imprint Highlander Distribution
Publication Date 3 Feb 2017
ISBN CDTRAX394

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