Pelsall performer Keir Edwards has teamed up with Willenhall schoolboy Tom Edis to produce a CD to raise funds for the Mayor of Walsall’s chosen charities.
The pair are singing Working Man, which was originally recorded in Canada by singer Rita McNeil and also by David Alexander following the Aberfan mining disaster in South Wales.
Keir and Tom, a pupil at St Thomas More RC School, were inundated with requests to record the song after they performed it at the Mayoress of Walsall’s At Home event.
The grandfather of Mayor, Councillor Garry Perry, was a miner at the Grove Colliery in Pelsall, and the song evoked many memories for his mother, the Mayoress June Perry.
“Mum became very tearful when she heard the song, which has such meaning and is such a haunting melody,” he said.
“Keir and Tom perform it beautifully and we hope to donate some of the proceeds to the families affected by the latest mining tragedy in Swansea as well as to my three chosen charities.”
Keir, aged 30, a corporate event manager, said: “It’s a real hairs on the back of the neck song that has been adopted in the Midlands and we believe it will strike a real chord with people.”
The CD’s cover features a painting by former Pelsall artist Steve Dent’s of the Pelsall Hall Colliery disaster.
Working Man costs £5 and is available from the Mayor’s Office: 01922 652072.