Month: June 2019

Strike The Bell

Amongst other things a ship’s bell gives the signal to change duties and was and is much-looked forward to. This superb traditional song from Stan Hugill’s collection was sung all over the country in a great many of the folk clubs I played in…

The Maiden Soldier

There are many traditional songs about girls dressing as men and joining the army or navy, and it did happen. The words of The Maiden Soldier were collected by Francis James Collinson (I have no other details) which I sing, appropriately enough, to the…

A Sailor’s Alphabet

I’ve always been astonished at the vast range of names for all things nautical, whether parts of the ship, orders to be carried out or everyday items. Everything seems to be called something different from what you find ashore, and it all has to…

The Jolly Carter

I found The Jolly Carter in two BBC schools’ Singing Together books and like it very much. It was broadcast on the Home Service in the late 1950s or early sixties, and in the later sixties, early seventies. Collected by Ernest (Jack) Moeran, in…

The Fit’s Come On Me Now

“Of course I realise you have to be there, Ken, but the wedding is really the bride’s day.” So said my mother-in-law to be. The song was collected by Cecil Sharp from William Porter, Ely, Cambridgeshire, 20 October 1911. The painting ‘The Wedding Morning’…

Bound For The Rio Grande

How I loved this song and all the shanties we sang at school! But after a boy asked me why I was ‘singing all wrong’ I took to rather discreet harmonies in case the teacher was of a similar opinion. Restraint is not the…