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Narrowboat songs

Ian Hendrie 07 Jun 20 - 01:29 PM
Ian 07 Jun 20 - 01:10 PM
GUEST,henryp 06 Jun 20 - 05:40 AM
GUEST,Ian 06 Jun 20 - 04:39 AM
GUEST,Erich 06 Jun 20 - 03:58 AM
rich-joy 05 Jun 20 - 06:48 PM
GUEST,Ian Hendrie 05 Jun 20 - 07:16 AM
Steve Gardham 27 Mar 15 - 08:27 AM
Ian Hendrie 27 Mar 15 - 07:11 AM
GUEST 26 Mar 15 - 08:12 PM
GUEST 26 Mar 15 - 07:36 PM
GUEST 26 Mar 15 - 07:32 PM
Ian Hendrie 28 Aug 10 - 10:11 AM
Charley Noble 28 Aug 10 - 09:49 AM
Ian Hendrie 28 Aug 10 - 08:14 AM
Ian Hendrie 28 Aug 10 - 08:04 AM
Ian Hendrie 28 Aug 10 - 07:57 AM
GUEST,Graeme Meek (Life & Times) 28 Aug 10 - 07:16 AM
Ian Hendrie 05 Jun 10 - 04:12 PM
Charley Noble 31 May 10 - 08:27 PM
Cusco 29 May 10 - 11:26 AM
GUEST,Graham Bradshaw 29 May 10 - 10:58 AM
Leadfingers 29 May 10 - 09:27 AM
GUEST 29 May 10 - 09:16 AM
GUEST,Shimrod 28 May 10 - 04:55 PM
Brian May 28 May 10 - 04:44 PM
Paul Burke 23 May 10 - 05:41 PM
Charley Noble 23 May 10 - 03:31 PM
Charley Noble 30 Oct 09 - 01:23 PM
GUEST,Ian B 21 Apr 09 - 04:14 PM
GUEST,GUEST 17 Mar 08 - 04:45 PM
Severn 11 Feb 08 - 02:31 PM
GUEST,Ian Hendrie 11 Feb 08 - 01:19 PM
GUEST,Ian Hendrie 10 Feb 08 - 02:57 PM
Severn 10 Feb 08 - 09:05 AM
banjoman 10 Feb 08 - 08:02 AM
Ian Hendrie 04 Feb 08 - 04:17 PM
banjoman 04 Feb 08 - 11:14 AM
Ian Hendrie 04 Feb 08 - 08:25 AM
Ross Campbell 28 Dec 07 - 10:50 PM
GUEST,Ian Hendrie 21 Dec 07 - 11:17 AM
Llanfair 28 Feb 02 - 06:12 PM
GUEST,beachcomber 28 Feb 02 - 03:41 PM
Dave Bryant 28 Feb 02 - 12:55 PM
GUEST,Liz 17 May 00 - 10:19 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 17 May 00 - 06:34 AM
Steve Parkes 17 May 00 - 03:34 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 16 May 00 - 11:52 AM
AndyG 16 May 00 - 11:50 AM
GUEST,Liz 16 May 00 - 11:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 07 Jun 20 - 01:29 PM

Hi Ian

It wouldn't be The Rosemary that Tony O'Niell sang would it? If it wasn't I'm hopeful you will be able to point me in the direction of another elusive canal song.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian
Date: 07 Jun 20 - 01:10 PM

The is a song by Tony 'the admiral' O'Niell about a ghost narrow boat. I will have to look out he correct title.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 05:40 AM

A little broader; Following Olga To Lynn - written by Paul Eady, recorded by Mark Dowding on Brown Photographs Cock Robin Music CRM 063 2002

Lyrics on Songs of the Inland Waterways

This song is about two tank barges called Enid and Lizzie that were pulled by a motor boat called Olga on their journey from Cambridge to Kings Lynn taking Gas Water which was a by-product of the coke industry.
Gas Water was full of ammonia and was processed to use as a fertiliser.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Ian
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 04:39 AM

Thanks rich-joy for pointing me in the direction of "Violet Sarah" - an excellent canal song.

Songs of the Inland Waterways by Jeff Dennison and Benny Graham is already on the website, with newly added video.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Erich
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 03:58 AM

Didn't have the nerve to read all the above entries, but did anyone mention the CD "They're coming back to the Water, Songs of the Waterways" by Jeff Dennison & Benny Graham?


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: rich-joy
Date: 05 Jun 20 - 06:48 PM

This is a contemporary Narrowboat story from Aussie duo (now trio), CLOUDSTREET, Nicole Murray & John Thompson (who until John's diagnosis, were very regular music tourers of the UK):

"VIOLET SARAH"    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K2COj27dGc


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie
Date: 05 Jun 20 - 07:16 AM

There have been quite a few recent additions to the Songs of the Inland Waterways website, including some radio broadcasts and videos.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 27 Mar 15 - 08:27 AM

A pity they didn't use some of the great tracks available of the Aire & Calder when they interviewed Chris Sherburn a couple of weeks back!


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 27 Mar 15 - 07:11 AM

Thanks for these postings Chris.

Those recordings that aren't already on the Songs of the Inland Waterways website will be added asap.

'Tales from the Towpath' - the radio programme featuring the Albion Band and narrated by Mike Harding - has recently been added in the Reference section.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 15 - 08:12 PM

More 'lost' recordings about canals...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/articles/2008/02/05/radio_stoke_on_the_cut_feature.shtml

Sadly the audio files have been deleted, but they are here:

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/exih4wb9a948x/On_The_Cut

CJB


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 15 - 07:36 PM

BTW the BBC LP "Narrowboats" and the Folkweave Canal Trilogy can be found here:

http://www.oysterbroadcast.co.uk/click.html

CJB


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Mar 15 - 07:32 PM

The 'lost' Radio Ballad "A Cry From The Cut" has been found. Ashas "The Jewellery."

Backstory is here:

http://www.mustrad.org.uk/enth13.htm

Recording is here:

http://www.waterwaysongs.co.uk/cry_from_the_cut.htm

Vimeo version with historic slides is here:

https://vimeo.com/17437484

Thanks Jim!!

CJB


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:11 AM

The link to my canal song web-site posted well over a year ago doesn't seem to be working. I wonder how long it's been broke?

So here it is again : Songs of the Inland Waterways


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 09:49 AM

Looks and sounds great!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 08:14 AM

Life and Times have posted a number of items on YouTube for us to enjoy. Here's a lovely video about The B & MK.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 08:04 AM

The other link above didn't seem to work. It needed another slash. Here it is : Life and Times and here's Iced In on Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 07:57 AM

This an excellent CD and if you get a chance to see the show then do so. Here's the link given above : Where The Working Boats Went


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Graeme Meek (Life & Times)
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 07:16 AM

Songs on our CD and in our show WHERE THE WORKING BOATS WENT:
The Duke of Bridgewater (Meek)
The Bold Navigators(Broadside arr. Raven arr. Life & Times)
The Ivel Navigation (Meek)
A Working Boatie Man (Meek)
Carrying The Load (Goodman)
Lock Keepers Of The Waterways (Meek)
Narrow Boats To Tow (Goodman)
Push Boys Push (Dudley Tunnel Trust)
Roses & Castles (Meek)
A Bit Of A Do (Goodman)
The Row Between The Boaters (Meek)
Finest Of Them All (Ritchie)
Banbury White Horse/Four Up (Goodman)
Iced In (Goodman)
Until The Cut Runs Dry (Meek)
A Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Goodman)
Where The Working Boats Went (Meek)

Hear The Duke Of Bridgwater & Iced In at www.myspace.com/broadsidesrevisited
Hear Where The Working Boats Went at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJPiVjZMbqQ

www.lifeandtimes.info


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 05 Jun 10 - 04:12 PM

Just a reminder that there is an archive of British and Irish canal songs at

Songs of the Inland Waterways


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 31 May 10 - 08:27 PM

Mike Kennedy and I have been working on "The Jolly Bargeman," a poem by Cicely Fox Smith, adapting it for singing and I thing we've got something of interest. Mike has a nice melody for the chorus and I have a different melody than Mike's for the verse, and I've done some minor revision of this World War 1 era poem. Here's a link to the song and the original poem on my website with a MP3 sample: click here for lyrics and MP3 Sample!

Here's the song with chords:

Composed by Cicely Fox Smith, © 1919
Adapted for singing by Charles Ipcar, 5/23/10
Tune: Mike Kennedy chorus/Charles Ipcar verse

The Jolly Bargeman


C--------F-----------C--------------F-------------------G
And it's "Gee-hup, Mabel," we'll do the best we're able,
----------C-------------------------------------F----------------G
For the Country's took us over an' we're helping her to win,
-----C--------------------------------F----------------G
An' when this war is over, we'll all lay down in clover,
------------F-----------------------G---C-G--C--G7-C
An' we'll drink all together at the Na-vi-ga-tion Inn!

C-------------------------F------------------------C-----------------G
I've put the old mare's tail in plaits — now ain't she lookin' gay?
--------F------------G--C-----------------------F----C-G
Bright ribbons in her mane, you'd think it First o' May;
C----F--------------------C--------------------------F------------------G-C
For why? We're under Government, though it ain't quite plain to me
----------F------------C------------G----------------C
If we're in the Civil Service or in the Admiral-ty!


Now I brought the news to Missis, an' to her these words did say:
"Just chuck your old broom-handle an' some rusty nails this way:
We're bound to have a flag-staff for our old red, white an' blue,
For now we're under Government we'll have our ensign too." (CHO)

Now the Navy is the Navy, an' it sails upon the sea,
The Army is the Army, an' on land it has to be;
There's the land an' there's the water, an' the Cut comes in between,
And I don't know what they'll call me if it ain't the Horse Marine. (CHO)

So the Missis sits upon the barge, the same's she used to sit,
But they'll have her in the papers now for "doin' her own bit":
And I trudge upon the tow-path here as proud as anything,
Though I haven't got no uniform, I'm serving of the King. (CHO)

Notes:

From Small Craft: Sailor Ballads and Chantys, edited by Cicely Fox Smith, published by George H. Doran Co., New York, US, © 1919, pp. 72-73. First published in Punch Magazine, Volume 152, May 16, 1917, p. 320.

Captures a moment in World War 1 when the British Government had issued an order mobilizing the canal bargemen into the war effort, replete with great detail.

Always interested in comments if you have any.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Cusco
Date: 29 May 10 - 11:26 AM

I have a really good CD that was put out by Buz Collins - Water & Rain. He lived on the canals and the whole work relates to them.

One is a bit of a Route 66 for narrow boats titled London to Birmingham in 4.5 minutes.

Sadly Buz had some personal problems he couldn't resolve and is no longer with us. He was the son of Dolly Collins. Great shame.

The CD was a Fellside issue FECD139


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 29 May 10 - 10:58 AM

There's lots more good songs of the waterways on the album recorded by the late Jeff Dennison and Benny Graham, "They're coming back to the water - Songs of the Waterways" (FSCD47)
Try the link for details.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 May 10 - 09:27 AM

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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST
Date: 29 May 10 - 09:16 AM

There is a whole CD by Barry Goodman and Graeme Meek called "Where the Working Boats Went". It is basically the songs from a show that they present at festivals and other places.

Take a look here:

http://www.lifeandtimes.me.uk/news.htm


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 28 May 10 - 04:55 PM

I like canals and canal boats!

I think I'll learn some canalist and canaling songs!

Drat! There don't appear to be any!

OK, I'll write some canalist and canaling songs.

........................ some time later ......................

Hmm! It's quite difficult this song writing, isn't it?

I know! I'll dig out some musty old poems about canalists and canaling and put tunes to them! No-one will ever know (perhaps they'll even think they're traditional).


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Brian May
Date: 28 May 10 - 04:44 PM

Leggin boats - by Giggetty.

Black Country songs on this re-released Digitally Remastered album.

Got my copy today and it's brilliant. Several tracks about bargees and the waterways in the Industrial Revolution.

More details from brian@langtry.fslife.co.uk - he's been really helpful.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Paul Burke
Date: 23 May 10 - 05:41 PM

Just theb usual BW neglect.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Charley Noble
Date: 23 May 10 - 03:31 PM

Anything going on in particular in September on or about the canals in the UK?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: ADD: The Jolly Bargeman (C. Fox Smith)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 01:23 PM

This seems a good place to post this canal bargeman poem by Cicely Fox Smith:

THE JOLLY BARGEMAN
(C. Fox Smith)

I've put the old mare's tail in plaits — now ain't she lookin' gay,
With ribbons in 'er mane likewise, you'd think it First o' May;
For why? We're under Government, though it ain't quite plain to me
If we're in the Civil Service or the Admiralties!

An' it's "Gee hup, Mabel," an' we'll do the best we're able,
For the country's took us over an' we're 'elpin' 'er to win,
An' when the war is over, oh, we'll all lie down in clover,
With a drink all together at the Navigation Inn!


I brought the news to Missis, an' to 'er these words did say:
"Just chuck yon old broom-'andle an' a two-three nails this way:
We're bound to 'ave a flag-staff for our old red, white an' blue,
For now we're under Government we'll 'ave our ensign too."

The Navy is the Navy, an' it sails upon the sea,
The Army is the Army, an' on land it 'as to be;
There's the land an' there's the water, an' the Cut comes in between,
An' I don't know what they'll call me if it ain't an 'Orse Marine.

The Missis sits upon the barge, the same's she used to sit,
But they'll 'ave 'er in the papers now for Doin' 'er Bit:
An' I walk upon the tow-path 'ere as proud as anything,
If I 'aven't got no uniform, I'm serving of the King.

An' it's "Gee hup, Mabel," oh, we'll do the best we're able,
For the country's been an' called us, an' we've got to 'elp to win;
An' when this war is over, then we'll all lie down in clover,
With a drink all together at the Navigation Inn!



Notes:

From Small Craft: Sailor Ballads and Chantys, edited by Cicely Fox Smith, published by George H. Doran Co., New York, US, © 1919, pp. 72-73. First published in Punch Magazine, Volume 152, May 16, 1917, p. 320.

Captures a moment in World War 1 when the British Government has issued an order mobilizing the canal bargemen into the war effort, replete with great detail.

Some of the best black and white illustrations I've found of narrow boats are by Deny Watkins-Pitchford in Narrow Boat, by Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt, published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, UK, © 1944, revised 1948. For an example, here a link to one I've just posted with this poem at the Oldpoetry website: Click here for website!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Ian B
Date: 21 Apr 09 - 04:14 PM

Songs of the Inland Waterways has moved to www.waterwaysongs.co.uk.
    Thanks, Kevin. I updated all the links posted in this thread. Many of the sites are gone, but I found archived editions at archive.org.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 04:45 PM

Try this website : Songs of the Inland Waterways


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Severn
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 02:31 PM

Available from Dick Greenhaus at Camsco. It's where I got mine.

dick@camsco.com


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie
Date: 11 Feb 08 - 01:19 PM

WILLOW WREN BRIDE
I have transcribed the words to this song from the 1975 BBC recording 'Narrowboats' and included then on the web-site :
Songs of the Inland Waterways. I also include them here :

I met a bloke walking through Bedworth
He said I could laugh 'til I cried
I've been and got shot of me mate on the cut
And he's married a Willow Wren bride
Married, married
He's married a Willow Wren bride

There isn't much of this song here and I am interested in knowing if there is any more. In fact, any information about this song would be welcome.

Ian


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 02:57 PM

Thanks for Mary Ann McHugh lyrics and info. It is now the 97th song on the 'Songs of the Inland Waterways' website though I may have to change the sub-title to inland waterway songs of the UK and Ireland. I am now trying to track down the easiest way to purchase the Folktrax recording from the UK.
Ian


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Severn
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 09:05 AM

"The Mary Ann McHugh" was written by Percy French.

The version I learned to sing it from is by Seamus Ennis on the CD collection "Lower the Funnel-Songs Of The Inland Waterways", (Folktrax-418), a Peter Kennedy compilation with some excellent stuff in amongst some ringers and padding.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARY ANN MCHUGH (Percy French)
From: banjoman
Date: 10 Feb 08 - 08:02 AM

as requested:

MARY ANN MCHUGH
(Percy French)

Well, come all ye lads who plough the sea and likewise see the plough.
The cruise of a canal boat I'll be singing to ye now.
It was the Mary Ann McHugh that ploughed the wintry surf
As we bore away from George's Quay with a terrible load of turf.

Well, the captain's name was Duff and his manners they were rough,
But every cape and headland on that treacherous coast he knew,
And he issued this command: "Keep her well in sight of land
Till we make the port of Dublin in the Mary Ann McHugh."

Now this vessel was of one horsepower propelled by a blackthorn stick.
With a bag o' corn and the wind astern, the horse went a terrible lick.
We came around by Hillardown and then Kilkirk we passed,
And when we'd seen Johnny Quinn's shibeen we yelled out "Land at last!"

But the captain James E Duff said, "Luff, ye lubbers, luff.
Now don't put in to Johnny Quinn's whatever else ye do,
'Cos last time we passed his door, we forgot to pay the score
And he has the p-o-li-ce watchin' for the Mary Ann McHugh."

Then up spoke a sailor bold who had sailed on the Irish Sea.
He said, "Put in to Johnny Quinn's or the crew will mutiny
For to go to sea with a boy and me is a cruel thing I think
When it's water, water everywhere and divil a drop to drink."

Then the captain James E Duff said, "Enough, me lads, enough!
No man before the mast will ever teach me what to do;
So put on all sail at once for it is our only chance
To keep from debt and danger on the Mary Ann McHugh."

So with anxious hearts this vessel starts all on her watery course.
The wind it lashed the rigging and the pilot lashed the horse;
But all in vain beneath the strain the rope began to part,
And we ran aground on a lump of coal that wasn't marked on the chart.

And the captain James E Duff well he hit me such a cuff!
He said, "go heave the lead" while the flag at half mast flew,
But meself I'd had enough of that tyrant James E Duff,
So I heaved the lead at his head and fled from the Mary Ann McHugh.


I got this originally from an LP called "A Pinch of Salt" which featured several artists including Cyril Tawney but I can't recall who sang this one. Still have the LP somewhere so may be able to dig it out. The song was listed on the sleeve as a version of the Good Ship Calibar. I still sing this occasionally and it usually raises a smile. Probably the only Irish canal boat song (unless someone knows different).

Best of luck
Pete


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 04:17 PM

A posting of the words to 'The Mary Anne McHugh' would be much appreciated as Googling failed to find them.
Ian


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: banjoman
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 11:14 AM

Have a look for a song called "The Mary Anne McHugh" which is about an Irish Canal Boat - very humourous song - I have the words if anyobe wants them


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 08:25 AM

No. I don't mean Jenny Wren Bride. See Liz's previous comment.
Thanks anyway.
Ian


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 28 Dec 07 - 10:50 PM

Did you mean "Jenny Wren Bride" by Cyril Tawney? It's in the DigiTrad at Jenny Wren Bride

Ross


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Ian Hendrie
Date: 21 Dec 07 - 11:17 AM

(Seven years on) - Has anyone found the lyrics to Willow Wren Bride yet?


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Llanfair
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 06:12 PM

I hadn't heard about that, Beachcomber, was it TV or radio? Sounds interesting.

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,beachcomber
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 03:41 PM

LLanfair,

I seem to have a memory of a programme about the Canals of Britain done by BBC some years ago and musically illustrated by the great Ewan McCall. (Or am I beginning to slip , finally?) AndyG The song "Girl on the Cut" is that the one that starts "It's a hard life, for a girl on the cut...." etc.?? As recorded by the Ian Campbell Folk Group? (Lorna singing that song?)

beach(*&%$£ in' cookie again)


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 28 Feb 02 - 12:55 PM

Does anyone have the words of the BCN song - "Miles and Miles of Poly 'round the Blades" ?

Dave Blagrove won't give me the words because he says that he didn't write it.

By the way I heard a few weeks ago that David has had to give up boating on doctor's orders and that he's sold his pair. I was hoping to be seeing him at the Foxton session the other week, but he wasn't well. Still I'm sure that he'll get plenty more chances to see "The Chestnut Bloom in Flower" from a narrowboat.


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Liz
Date: 17 May 00 - 10:19 AM

AndyG

Willow Wren Bride is a version of (you might say is loosely based on) Jenny Wren Bride so not quite the same thing. From my recollection its about marrying the daughter of a Willow Wren stearer.

Liz


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 May 00 - 06:34 AM

Details of the Halliard and Black Country 3 recordings available from Michael Raven (with his contact details)are on the Nic Jones Home Page (right at the botom) on:
http://www.sarcon.demon.co.uk/engfolk/nicjones.htm
Mudcat's Dr John has also given the address on the thread on Black Country Songs.
Correspondence with Mike Raven is always rewarding, he comes across as a mix of Laurie Lee, Rick Fielding and Carla Lane.
(If anyone doesn't know, Mike had youthful brushes with the law over his animal rights activities, many of his songs celebrate the fox and his own dogs. As a young man he bummed around Spain learning from gypsy flamenco players and reviewers describe his folkplaying as Celtic Flamenco. He is always generous with his knowledge. Purchases from him often contain extra free songbooks or records.)Mike used to have a web page but it seems to be inactive.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 17 May 00 - 03:34 AM

Birmingham doesn't smell as bad as Venice though, Roger - nit htses days, any road!


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 16 May 00 - 11:52 AM

Birmingham is, of course, the Venice of the West Midlands (with more miles of canals than Venice). Strangely, Venice is never called the Birmingham of Italy.(NOT that old joke,again, Roger?)
RtS


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: AndyG
Date: 16 May 00 - 11:50 AM

Liz,

I don't know if this is the song you mean, (sounds like it could be), but;
Jenny Wren Bride is in the DT.

It's a Cyril Tawney song.

AndyG


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Subject: RE: Narrowboat songs
From: GUEST,Liz
Date: 16 May 00 - 11:30 AM

As a narrow boater and folk singer/musician I have enjoyed reading this discussion. It reminds me that I have been trying to prise the words for Willow Wren Bride out of Dave Blaygrove for some time now without success. Can anyone else remember the words?


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