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  1. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi Jack I had a reply from Rhos male voice choir and sadly, they didn't record it. Subsequently I learned that words were not added to the tune until 1970, twenty years after Saint's death so any recording with vocals will be post-1970. Grimethorpe's 1968 recording still stands as the...
  2. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Thanks ever so much for the clarification Jack. I'll give the Rhos Male Voice Choir a go as you suggest and let you know the outcome. Thanks for taking the time - greatly appreciated.
  3. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    I remember it well - I was there through the 1970s in colliery bands (once in the cathedral) Thanks again for the help Alan
  4. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi Jack I've hunted on EBay and checked the CD but can't find 'Gresford' in the track list. I'm probably being daft! Rhos Male Voice Choir: Music from the Welsh Mines CD – Moochin' About Here's the link I found. There are also four albums on EBay but, again, no 'Gresford' in the track...
  5. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi Phil, A great snippet of information...and a strange coincidence as I was born in Bowburn (Durham Road West) and my wife was also born there in one of the main road colliery houses. It's a small world. I'm getting my lip back in at the moment and determined to be banding again in the next...
  6. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi Phil You didn't by chance get his name and address? I'm still hoping that it may have been recorded in the era of shellac. The research is fascinating. I wrote an article for the City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society about the wax cylinder recordings associated with the...
  7. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi That's incredibly kind and I'd love to have the recording. I don't want you to be out of pocket though - if you want email your address and I'll gladly cover any costs. It is a very kind offer. My email is alanpeatppa@hotmail.co.uk My address is: Alan Peat 2 The Walled Garden Grange...
  8. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    That's exactly what I was hoping for and thanks ever so much for getting in touch. It sounds like it is indeed the one - I had presumed that any earlier recording would be by a brass band - I guess that'll teach me not to presume!!! I'm going to check on EBay now and will let you know what the...
  9. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi Phil Thanks ever so much for that. I had listened to it and agree: superb! I bought a copy of 'The Pitmen's Requiem' by Peter Crookston (with a reproduction of a work by the Norh Eastern painter Norman Cornish on the cover). Well worth getting hold of as you enjoyed the programme. Still...
  10. Alan Peat

    Seeking extinct brass band LPs and 78s: the less well known the better

    Dear all, heartened by the emails coming through as a result of my last thread regarding tracing the earliest recording of 'Gresford' (still 1968 but I'm sure there will be an earlier recording?) I'd like members to know that I'm collecting obscure / ''minor" brass band recordings (LPs &...
  11. Alan Peat

    Trying to trace the earliest commercial recording of 'Gresford'

    Hi folks I am attempting to find the earliest commercially available recordings of 'Gresford' (The Miners' Hymn) composed by Robert Saint in response to the 1930s Gresford Pit Disaster. I have not been able to find any 78rpm recordings and the earliest on an LP I have thus far found is by...
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