The Dorset Militia was first collected from Joseph Taunton of Carscombe, Dorset by George Hammond in 1907.
Joseph Taylor summoned up his courage and sang Brigg Fair at the end of a song competition in 1908. Percy Grainger, who later wrote his orchestrated version, wrote: Mr. Joseph Taylor is in most respects the most exceptional folksinger I have yet heard. Although he is 75 years of age, his lovely tenor voice is as fresh as a young man’s, while the ease and ring of the high notes, the freshness of his rhythmic attack, his clear intonation of modal intervals, and his finished execution of ornamental turns and twiddles (in which so many folk-singers abound) are typical of all that is best in the vocal art of the peasant traditional-singers of these islands.
I thank the anonymous photographer of the Lincolnshire Wolds for the superbly atmospheric picture.
The song was collected from George Wyatt at West Harptree, Somerset, on 14 April 1904 by Cecil Sharp, who said that as his singer couldn’t remember all the words some of the verses were ‘lifted’ from a broadside. It’s followed by a suitably carefree hornpipe, The Pleasures Of Hope.
The tall ship is the lovely Europa, to be found on Classic Sailing.
I think I got this lovely song from Cecil Sharp’s harvest, in which case it was originally sung by Mrs Susan Williams (73) at Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset on 26 December 1905.
The photo of Morgenster definitely came from https://morgenster.frisian-sailing.co.uk/pictures. Take a look! There’s still time to book some sailing!
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 scene may be Charles E Brock, Henry Matthew Brock, or perhaps one of the other two brothers.