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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


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