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This website contains popular songs and poetry about steam power. It includes folk songs, music hall songs, monologues, parlour ballads, and poems, from the Britain and Ireland. The earliest pieces come from the time when steam power was adopted in mines and factories; and the latest date from the post-steam nostalgia of the late 20th century. In round figures 1750-2000.The aim of the site is to put these pieces in their social and historical context. It attempts to answer the questions which an archaeologist might ask about an item:

  • where was it found and what related items were found  ?
  • when was it created ?
  • who created it and how was it created ?
  • what social function did it serve ?
  • for how long was it used ?

Text and music are supported by:

  • references to sources, publication dates etc.
  • a Glossary;
  • and by Notes about the social, economic, and political background against which the songs were written and performed.

The songs and poems are divided into categories and subcategories and there is menu structure to help the user to find material.

Each item has been assigned a unique identifier (Bargery number) and where possible a cross reference to the Roud Index of Broadsides and Folk Songs

Some items have a synopsis the content of which is usually (but not always) the same as that given by the English Folk Song and Dance Society's Folk Song Subject Index.

The site is being developed and signs of work in progress will be seen here and there. However; it is thought better to make the information contained available now rather than to wait (perhaps years) for the site to reach its final format.

You are welcome to use the content of the site but please acknowledge all sources.




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