At last: it‘s here: the collaborative CD of Freakwater/Mekons union FREAKONS

Will be released in September

(Thanks to Chris and Marco!)


01 Dark Lords of the Mine
02 Chestnut Blight
03 Abernant 84/85
04 Judy Belle Thompson
05 Canaries
06 Black leg miner
07 Phoebe Snow
08 Manningtone Mine Disaster
09 Never thought I‘d see the day
10 Dreadful Memories
11 Coorie Doon
12 Blue scars of the miner

Song TitleAuthor(s)Notes
1Dark Lords of the MineFreakonsSee Dick Cavett interviewing Richard Burton (suggested by Jon L.)
2Chestnut BlightFreakwaterSee Wikipedia info
3Abernant 84-85MekonsOriginal version is on Mekons’ “Fear And Whiskey”.  Abernant was a coal-mining village in Wales, affected by the 1984-85 strike and closures.
Abernant – remembered through songs
4Judy Belle ThompsonFreakwaterSee Wikipedia info
5CanariesFreakons?See Wikipedia info
6Black Leg MinertraditionalSee song information
7Phoebe SnowFreakwaterA sardonic reply to a railroad’s advertising campaign: Wikipedia
8Mannington Mine DisasterHazel DickensSee song information
9Never Thought I’d See the DayFreakons?See Wikipedia
10Dreadful MemoriesSarah Ogan GunningSee info about SO Gunning
11Coorie DoonMatthew McGinnAlso called “Miner’s Lullaby”
12Blue Scars of a MinerFreakons?Title & lyric from a Dylan Thomas phrase

Artwork by Jo Clauwaert

Freakons @ The Hideout

(performed at The Hideout, Chicago, September 10, 2017 (with Catherine Irwin, Janet Bean, Jon Langford, Sally Timms, Jean Cook, Anna Krippenstapel, and James Elkington)

Working in a coalmine

Abernant 84-85

Coal Miner‘s Grave

Phoebe Snow

Trimdon Grange Explosion


Johnny Miner

Chestnut Blight

Mannington Mine Disaster

The Trimdon Grange ExplosionThomas “Tommy” ArmstrongNot on album; listen to Mekons “original”
see info about disaster
Coal Miner’s GraveHazel DickensNot on album; listen to Hazel Dickens version
About Hazel Dickens
Dark As a DungeonMerle TravisNot on album; listen at HSB show (39 minutes in)
Farewell Johnny MinerEd PickfordNot on album; listen at youtube
Working in the Coal MineAllen ToussaintNot on album; listen at youtube ; see Wikipedia

Freakons at HSB

Complete Show

performed at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, October 5, 2013

More Information

Robert Loetzel on the Freakons (with lots of pictures from their shows)

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