Category: Traditional folk song

Jimmy & Nancy

Jimmy & Nancy was sung by Mrs P Wiggett (69) of Ford, Gloucestershire on 9 April 1909 and collected by Cecil Sharp. The tall ship is Europa, one of the beauties from Classic Sailing photographed off the Canaries by Debbie Purser, deckhand.

Blow Away The Morning Dew

We sang Blow Away The Morning Dew at secondary school in the late fifties. Unlike the present version it was severely edited and as a 12 or 13 year old I thought the whole thing was weak and inconsequential, though I liked the tune….

The Frog & The Mouse

The Coasts Of High Barbary

A Sailor’s Grace

Calling this song a ‘grace’ is ironic. It ‘celebrates’ the standard diet of sailors in merchant ships: old meat, tough, unidentifiable, soaked in brine and described as salt horse, but it could be anything. It was boiled for hours to make it more edible…

Brave Wolfe

In 1759 James Wolfe led the British army of 7,700 men and Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon the French of 13,390 on the Plains Of Abraham. Both generals were killed. There are two different traditional songs about the battle. The present version is one of several…

The Greenland Fishery

The barque Europa is pictured above, not in the Arctic where the whaleships in the song went, but the Antarctic. If you’re interested in an adventurous vacation it’s one of the fine tall ships in Classic Sailing, where you’ll also find the ketch Donna…