Keepers Lock

SONGS & STORIES FROM THE CANALS

 

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Keepers Lock will entertain you with the magic of their self-penned songs and stories about England's great canal era. Dressed in traditional narrow boater's costume, they will transport you back in time, through the hardship, pain and human misery, the excitement, joy and happiness of the boatmen and their families.

Beginning with the vision of the Duke of Bridgewater, the genius of Rennie, Telford and other engineers who conspired to create the greatest transport revolution of the age. From the earliest days of the navigators - that army of men, women and children, who dug, clawed and burrowed their way up and down the country, sweating blood for a pittance, building the amazing network of inland waterways, through which England's life-blood of commerce would flow. Through the heyday of the horse-drawn boat and butty, the steam boats and the single cylinder Bolinder diesel engine. To the carrying companies, like Samuel Barlow, Fellows, Morton & Clayton, the Number Ones, the owner operators, and all those people who lived and worked on the canals, enduring the same fates and hardships, during freezing conditions, strikes and two world wars. Eventually seeing their whole way of life brought to an untimely end by the very same technology that heralded their success .............STEAM!

Listen on Youtube - Rosie Cooper or - Dirty Boaties

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