“Byker Hill” is an English folk song about coal miners in Newcastle; and not coincidentally, my eldest came to me a couple of days ago and asked if I’d buy a particular recording of it for him. That recording is by a group called the Cottars, of which I know nothing except that they do a really good “Byker Hill”:
It’s sung to several tunes, the but the one I first encountered is a rather frenetic folk-rock version with klezmer influences by Boiled in Lead, which alas doesn’t appear to be on YouTube. Here’s another song by Boiled in Lead, “My Son John”. It’s refreshing to hear Americans sing English folk songs without affecting English accents.
And then this one by Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick that’s just entirely different, starting with the tune, all lovely fiddle and guitar: