Nelson’s Praise: a legacy of music

Two hundred years after his death, Admiral Nelson continues to fascinate and inspire the British. One aspect of his legacy that is not often mentioned is the fist-full of songs and dance tunes composed in his memory – or at least re-named after him.

A little time ago, I wrote a short article for the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s magazine about this material, and about the kinds of music and dancing that would have been popular among the seamen of Nelson’s time.

For the article, see:


For the magazine, see:

Sailors; Nelson; music; dancing


UK waterways in danger? Keep them safe!

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DEFRA, the Government department responsible for waterways, has slashed the budgets of the organisations that manage our canals and rivers, and plans to impose further large cuts over each of the next five years. And it’s said to be happening because they’ve overspent their budget by over £200 million, and are now trying to recover it by cutting waterways funding.

The great fear is that cuts like this could quickly lead to neglect and that we could again lose the UK’s extensive working canal system. To lend your support and monitor the campaign’s progress check the website:

Here’s a sight you don’t often see: narrowboats involved in a protest against the DEFRA cuts. For more, see:

Protest at Castlefield

canal boats; protest

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