Posted by Kevin Boyd, 11 April 2013
Coal Not Dole b/w Hilda’s Cabinet Band
Of the two previously-released tracks, Coal Not Dole is Norma’s solo version of Kay Sutcliffe’s post-miner’s strike poem as featured on The Watersons’ Mighty River Of Song box set (a recording featuring the 1987 version of The Watersons is also available on Martin’s Carthy Chronicles box set).
Hilda’s Cabinet Band is credited here to Norma but is in fact the Watersons recording that first appeared on the Hard Cash compilation CD in 1990. The track was written by Lal Waterson and is her ‘tribute’ to the dubious achievements of Margaret Hilda Thatcher.
Download the single via iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/coal-not-dole-single/id634779721
Margaret Thatcher, Topic Records and the Ding Dong! ding dong –
Read my review of the single on the Northern Sky website