Settle Carlisle Line CD Project

Until recently I lived for over 20 years within 2 miles of the Settle Carlisle Railway near to Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria. I travelled it’s length many times over that period, never giving a thought to who built it, or the complexities of building a railway line across such difficult terrain. I was more concerned with just getting from A to B.

It was Mike Harding who suggested a song for me to sing called Alice White written by Alan Bell. This song spiked my interest into the lives of the Navvies who built the line; their many hardships, their dependents, the conditions in which they lived. Many late nights and hours of research followed. I read books by Terry Coleman and W.R. Mitchell to name just a couple. I scoured the internet for references about The Settle Carlisle Railway and about Navvies generally. I read about what was happening in the 1870s; the politics, fashion, the working classes, the music they liked. This all combined to provide me with a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to write these songs. In fact, there was such an abundance of information and stories that I decided to focus this collection of songs around the Ribblehead Viaduct, Blea Moor Tunnel and the Shanty Batty Green.

Musicians involved in the making of this CD:
Karin Grandal-Park – lead vocals & harmonies (singer/songwriter, poet)
Rebecca Clare Douglas – Music Director for this project. Violin, Piano, Viola, Backing Vocals. (Graduate in Music from Oxford University (BA (Hons) Oxon), a qualified teacher of the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music and former Head of Strings at Giggleswick School.)
Allan Ideson – guitar. (Talented multi style guitarist of Irish Folk, Appalachian, English Folk, contemporary)
Mike Harding – Banjo, Mandolin, Bodhran, Harmonica. (singer/songwriter, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist)

This project is part of Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. ‪www.storiesinstone.org.uk