The Pitmen Poets celebrate the songs, humour, and culture of North East England’s Coal Mining tradition, bringing together four of the region’s leading champions of its musical heritage. Ex-Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad singer and writer Billy Mitchell, song man from London’s West End musical Warhorse, Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and much-covered BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee songwriter Jez Lowe, individually and collectively, The Pitmen Poets.

This is a journey through the centuries of a once-great industry, from the songs that saw it thrive and dominate, to those that saw its demise and the resulting aftermath.

Now, after two albums and several hugely successful tours, the band prepares to release their farewell album to accompany their thirty four date farewell tour.

“The audience sang along, laughed and also shared moments of sadness as the combined talents of Billy Mitchell, Jez Lowe, Benny Graham and Bob Fox took them on an epic journey through the life and times of the Northumberland and Durham coalfields.

With every member coming from coal mining stock, this quartet represents the first generation of their families not to take up the tradition of working down the pit. As Billy Mitchell explains:

“Our parents all said “you’re not going down the pit, get a good education and do something worthwhile with your lives”….so now we sing songs and tell stories…. about coal mining. It’s quite ironic really but it’s very important to keep the stories we all heard growing up in the form of songs for the next generation.

“Life working in the pit was tough and to reflect that, our songs aren’t all happy tunes as we look at the terrible tragedies that affected whole villages when disaster struck. But there’s also humour too in great doses in our songs as that’s how families got through the bad times.

“We’re playing a lot of former coal mining areas and the songs will resonate with many people there who made their living from coal. Our music and the subject matter will entertain audiences from Berwick in the North, Croydon in the South, East to Canterbury and West to Blackwood in South Wales. We’re all looking forward to going out on our 2019 tour and meeting the public and literally taking our coals from the Newcastle area to the rest of the country.”



Date Venue
Wed 16th Prince Of Wales Theatre Cannock
Thu 17th Foxlowe Arts Centre Leek
Fri 18th Empire theatre Consett
Sun 20th Palace Theatre Mansfield
Mon 21st Village Club St Nettlebed
Tue 22nd Stanley Halls Croydon
Wed23rd The Stables Milton Keynes
Thu 24th Huntingdon Hall Worcester
Fri 25th Civic Hall Barnsley
Sat 26th Opera House Buxton
Sun 27th Theatre By The Lake Keswick
Mon 28th Philharmonic Hall Liverpool
Tue 29th Brindley Theatre Runcorn
Wed 30th Severn Theatre Shrewsbury
Thu 31st Warterside Arts Centre


Date Venue
Fri 1st New Theatre Royal Lincoln
Sat 2nd Milton Rooms Malton
Sun 3rd Barnard Castle Witham
Mon 4th Town Hall Selby
Wed 6th Customs House South Shields
Thu 7th Courthouse Otley
Fri 8th Dovecote Centre Amble
Sat 9th Gala Theatre Durham
Tue 12th Winding Wheel Chesterfield
Wed 13th Core Theatre Solihull
Thu 14th Miners Institute Blackwood
Fri 15th Pump Room Cheltenham
Sat 16th Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury
Sun 17th Forum Theatre Billingham
Tue 19th The Met Bury
Wed 20th The Maltings Berwick
Fri 22nd Bay Playhouse Whitley
Sat 23rd Queend Hall Hexham
Sun 24th Sage Gateshead

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