It’s been another bad week for the deaths of ageing musicos. This week we’ve lost Levon Helm & Bert Weedon. I’ve no Levon Helm in my collection at present (memo to self – buy old Band CDs) and, I must confess that I’ve never,knowingly, owned any Bert Weedon music. But despite my failings, two great men have passed away and It is only right to commemorate them.
The music that I have chosen for this week’s post is far removed from the music of both Levon Helm & Bert Weedon. By virtue of the fate, Lucky Thirteen this week presents us with The Unthanks 2009 album Here's the Tender Coming. And from it I’ve chosen The Testimony of Patience Kershaw.
This song was written by Frank Higgins of Liverpool 1972 and is based on evidence given by Patience Kershaw to the Government Commission of Enquiry into Child Labour in 1842. Patience was a hurrier; a hurrier was a child or woman employed by a collier to transport the coal that they had mined. As a result of the Commission of Enquiry, an Act of Parliament prohibited the underground employment in the mines of women and boys under ten years old.