Month: July 2019

A Sailor’s Alphabet

The song is from Stan Hugill’s Shanties of the Seven Seas. The sketch of sailors entertaining the locals seems to have come from Boys and Girls Bookshelf (New York, NY: The University Society, 1920) The artist of what appears to be a cheery British…

The Bonny Bay Of Biscay-O

The Bonny Bay Of Biscay-O was sung by Mrs Lena Bourne Fish, collected by Frank Warner and recorded by him on Hudson Valley Folk Songs in the late 1940s. The photograph of magnificent Lady Washington is from Grays Harbor Historical Seaport.

The Alphabet

Collected by Cecil Sharp from Mrs Beecher at Shipston Workhouse, 26 April 1910.

We Be Soldiers Three

The song first appeared in Thomas Ravenscroft’s Deuteromelia 1609. The tavern scene is by the 17th century Dutch painter Adriaen van Ostade.

Arise, Arise

Arise, Arise came from Jack Barnard (48) Bridgwater, Somerset, 4 April 1907 noted by Cecil Sharp. The sunrise was at Chillaton, Devon.

The Nobleman and The Thresher

I’ve forgotten where I found the song, but it was widely known at the time Randolph Caldecott illustrated his first picture book, The House That Jack Built, in 1878.

Polly On The Shore