In the interests of variety, I`ve decided to punctuate this blog with a number of short `musical interludes` .
Where better to start than with the news that one of my favourite live acts, The Holmes Brothers, have recently returned to recording and performing, after a substantial break caused by the health problems of one member.
Essentially a gospel-influenced blues band, the brothers have eclectic musical leanings and live sets I`ve caught have featured covers of rock `n` roll classics, and tunes by the O Jays and Tom Waits in addition to their own material.
I have their CD Speaking in Tongues and I`d have to say that for me personally I feel they work better as a live act. However, that may just be the way I`m made.
Anyway, I`ve waffled on too much already. Visit these Holmes dudes at http://www.theholmesbrothers.com/ or see behind the scenes footage of recording sessions on You Tube.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Three recent additions to our stock, each with a fairly obvious Derbyshire connection.
At 3839 and 3840 we have two Ilkeston and District Local History Society publications ; `Ilkeston in the Thirties` (see previous posting) and `Edwardian Ilkeston` - we are offering both at knock-down prices since you can still buy new copies direct from IDLHS.
At 3841 we have `Wildlife in Derbyshire` by author Jean Woolley and photographer Stuart Whitehead. Our copy is signed by the author on the title page.
For full details of these three and many other titles with a local slant, check our listings using the links provided. Thanks.
Pictured here are the rescue team based at the Mines Rescue Station, Manners Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire circa 1931.
The station existed from 1916 - 1988 when the building became a nursing home.
Mines rescue workers werre understandably regarded as local heroes. One man who was based at Manners Road was Philip Healey (1928 - 2000), who worked there 1954 - 1971. A website, originally dedicated to Philip and other mines recue workers and run by his son, can be found at www.healeyhero.co.uk and has now developed into a site deicated to the history of coal mining in the Notts/Derbyshire area generally. Particularly interesting is www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/menu/station.htm#top .
This picture comes from `Ilkeston in the Thirties`, a publication produced by Ilkestion and District Local History Society. The booklet is still in print and new copies can be acquired from http://www.ilkestonhistory.org.uk/ . Our copy is at 3839 in our listings and costs £1.95 plus postage. As it is a light, thin booklet, postage should be relatively cheap.
As mentioned previously, we stock a number of titles relating to the history of the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire are and to the history of coal mining - check out our listings using the links provided.