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Folk Song – Oor Hamlet

Hamlet in under 3 minutes? Why not!

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9xguMlOruGU

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1

Download: Oor Hamlet

Folk Song – New York Girls

Another sea shanty, this one learned from Stan Hugill’s material book “shanties from the seven seas”. Hugill was one of the last true shantymen, singing work songs on some of the last sailing ships and this book contains some 400 songs that he learned on ships around the world.

The more commonly known words to this, as sung by Bellowhead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq-07tZeb3I), tell of a sailor on shore leave getting scammed by a prostitute. I prefer this version which has some brilliant wordplay.

Enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 2

Download: New York Girls

Folk Song – Hey John barleycorn

A cracking drinking song this and something of a sequel to the more well known John Barleycorn song.

Enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1

Download: Hey John Barleycorn

Folk Song – Boston Harbour

A short and sweet sea shanty. I’m not a big fan of ‘tow row row’ type songs, I always feel a bit silly singing them but it’s worth getting over it for this one.

Enjoy!

Download: Boston Harbour

Folk Song – Big Steamers

Yet another Kipling poem set to music by Peter Bellamy – I make no apologies for this one, it’s brilliant!

Kipling wrote this around the first world war as a way of helping children understand the importance of the shipping trade. It is written as a back and forth between a child and the ‘big steamers’ of the title. (more info)

Enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1

Download: Big Steamers

P.S. The best version of this song is by The Wilsons – the harmonies are sublime!

Folk Song – Cholera Camp

I haven’t particularly been trying to learn Peter Bellamy/Rudyard Kipling songs but I’ve lost track of the number of times a song has caught my ear and I’ve later found out it was Bellamy/Kipling.

This is one such song (and I’m in the middle of learning another), written about Kipling’s experience of ‘cholera camps’ in India in the late 19th century.

Before it was understood to be caused by contaminated water, when a cholera epidemic struck an army camp they would strike camp and basically march around in circles until it ended (often taking the contaminated water with them!)

Anyway, as Jon Boden from Bellowhead says, this is the finest song ever written about people dying of cholera – enjoy!

lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1

Download: Cholera Camp

Folk Song – Dalesman’s Litany

Folk Song – Dalesman’s Litany

A traditional Yorkshire song collected and published in 1918 by F W Moormann and ‘translated’ from its original heavy Yorkshire dialect by Tim Hart (more info)

It tells of a country boy forced to work in the industrial cities. The Litany was an extended prayer in the Book Of Common Prayer asking for God’s deliverance from all manner of evils and perils.
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Enjoy!

Lyrics: from memory
Takes: 1

Download: Dalesman’s Litany

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