How Is Labor History Remembered? Onllwyn Choir Captures Memory in Song

Geraint Lewis is a member of the Onllwyn Male Voice Choir in South Wales. During an After Coal production trip in June, 2013, Lewis reflected on one of many songs in the Onllwyn Choir’s repertoire.

I love my rugby, I love my cycling, I love my hill walking, but there isn’t anything that quite equals choral singing.”

“A lot of the words (in “Miners’ Life”) resonate back to the early 1900s and even back to the early parts of the industrial revolution where the unions were absolutely vital, they saved people’s lives. It’s still a great song to sing, and gets the old guys smiling, so it’s what I do.