Published in association with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, this small, scarce book of mining songs from the North of England contains not only words and music for each song but a paragraph of its history. Some of the best known songs are included, notably Rap 'er to Bank, Walker Pit and Byker Shaw, but also lesser known songs such as Down the Wagon Way. The staple-bound book has glossy card covers with a pen and ink sketch of early steam hauled coal train. The covers have light general handling marks and slight rubbing to all corners; closed tear, approx. 3cm, to the right side of the front cover. The second last song, 'Fair Rosedale', has some pencil notes and marks, around the margin and in the lyrics, which have not been fully erased. They were possibly made by someone playing and singing the song. Helpfully, at the back of the book is a glossary of Northern dialect terms, e.g., "canny", which roughly means, "good, nice, agreeable", a very good description of this book.