As Shakin’ Stevens prepares to embark on his biggest UK tour to date (33 shows, starting April 15), he releases a video for ‘Down In The Hole’. The third single from his acclaimed album ‘Echoes Of Our Times’, ‘Down In The Hole’, has  been illustrated with a music video exhibiting a rare selection of photos taken in the copper minesdescribed by Shaky in the song’s lyrics. Watch here

In the 1890s, photographer J.C. Burrow captured on film, for the very first time, what it was truly like within the depths of a Cornish mine. Even the miners themselves had never seen the mines with such clarity, and for some, it was too frightening. Tales are still told to this day by ex-miners of the many men who -after seeing this realistic portrayal of the place they had worked in, in total darkness – refused to set foot in the mines ever again.

Today, these images serve as a haunting reminder of the harsh and dangerous conditions that took the lives of so many young Cornish men, but also as a testament to their strength, determination and ingenuity. To see these remarkable images, visit the online archive or the Royal Cornwall Museum

Shaky’s paternal forebears originated from Cornwall where men, women and children worked -and died-in the deep and dangerous vertical copper mines of Gwennap.  The Cornish led the world in mining technology, and when the mines started closing in the 1870s Shaky’s surviving ancestors travelled overseas in search of work. Many stayed in their adopted countries, never to return home.

Watch Shaky talking about the song here

‘Echoes Of Our Times’, released in September 2016 on Shaky’s own label, HEC, was inspired by research Shaky made into his mysterious family history. Combining tales of wartime heroics, salvationists and strife with a bold mix of musical influences from blues, folk and Americana as well as his trademark rocking style, Shaky created what critics, including Paul Sexton, declared“the most surprising album” of the year. ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ entered the Official Album Charts at number 22, reached No.2 in the Americana chart, No. 4 in the Indie chart and still sits in the Americana official album charts top 40.

Shakywill embark on his biggest ever UK tour visiting 33 towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales this spring. The Echoes Of Our Times Tour will see the him hit the road with the opening night on Saturday April 15 in Carlisle. Shaky will then travel the length and breadth of the country, including a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd May, before ending the tour on the 28th May.


2017 Tour Dates:


Sat 15 The Sands, Carlisle

Sun 16 The Lowry, Salford

Tues 18 Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

Weds 19 The Orchard, Dartford

Thurs 20 The Colosseum, Watford

Fri 21 The Pavilion, Worthing

Sun 23 The Opera House, Buxton

Mon 24 St David’s, Cardiff

Tues 25 The Forum, Bath

Thurs 27 The Churchill, Bromley

Fri 28 The Hexagon, Reading

Sat 29 Regent Theatre, Ipswich

Sun 30 Assembly Theatre, TunbridgeWells


Tues 2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Thurs 4 Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Fri 5 The Opera House, Blackpool

Sat 6 Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Sun 7 Theatre Royal, Norwich

Weds 10 Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Thurs 11 The Pavilion, Plymouth

Fri 12 Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay

Sun 14 Guildhall, Portsmouth

Mon 15 Alban Arena, StAlbans

Tues 16 City Hall, Salisbury

Thurs 18, The Barbican, York

Fri 19 Parr Hall, Warrington

Sun 21 Grand Theatre, Leeds

Mon 22 Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Tues 23 Eden Court, Inverness

Tue 25 City Hall, Newcastle

Fri 26 Town Hall, Birmingham

Sat 27 Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Sun 28 Whiterock Theatre, Hastings

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