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Songs, tunes and videos


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An illustration by George Cruikshank from the book Songs, Naval and National by Thomas Dibdin, published in London, England in 1841. Taken from the Wikipedia

These are some of our favourite boating and maritime tunes, sea songs and videos online, including shanties.

All For Me Grog from the post Two sea shanties for singing sailors

South Australia from the post Two sea shanties for singing sailors

The Handsome Cabin Boy from the post Two sea shanties for singing sailors

The Rakish Young Fellow from the post The Rakish Young Fellow

La Pique, from the post La Pique

Captain Ward, from the post Captain Ward – Faversham’s famous pirate who changed the course of history 

The Saucy Sailor, from the post The Saucy Sailor

The Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime, from the post The Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime

Homeward Bound, from the post Homeward Bound

Go to Sea No More, from the post Go to Sea No More

Jack Tar on Shore, from the post Jack Tar on Shore

The Dark Eyed Sailor, from the post The Dark Eyed Sailor

Short jacket and white trousers, from the post Short jacket and white trousers

Maggie May, from the post Maggie May and The Smacksman

The Smacksman, from the post Maggie May and The Smacksman

La Pique, from the post La Pique

Paddy West’s House, from the post Paddy West’s House!

Lowlands, from the post Lowlands away!

The Wreck of the Northfleet, from the post The Wreck of the Northfleet revisited

I saw Three Ships, from the post Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all our readers and contributors!

The Sailor’s Hornpipe stepped by Rosie Davis, Frittenden 2012 Rosie Davis steps it out while Gavin Atkin plays a squeezebox, from the post: The Sailor’s Hornpipe

The Bold Princess Royal, from the  post If the Bold Princess has sea-room, brave boys never fear!

Three Score and Ten, from the post Three score and ten – the greatest fishing disaster ballad

The Smacksman, from the post The Smacksman

The Dream of Napoleon, from the post The Dream of Napoleon

John Connolly’s great song Fiddler’s Green, from the post John Connolly’s great song Fiddler’s Green

From our friends

Sing Fare You Well sung and played by Keith Kendrick, from the post Short Sharp Shanties volume 1 is out

The Bully Boat (Ranzo Ray) sung by Tom Brown, from the post Short Sharp Shanties volume 1 is out

The Cold Coast of Iceland, from the post Singer and songwriter Mike Waterson crosses the bar

Lowlands of Holland sung by Keith Kendrick, from the post More great songs from Keith Kendrick and friends

South Australia sung by Three Sheets to the Wind (including Keith Kendrick), from the post More great songs from Keith Kendrick and friends
Down on the Hard sung by Tony Hall, from the post
From Norfolk – the distinctive singing and melodeon playing of Tony Hall

The Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance sung by Tony Hall, from the post
From Norfolk – the distinctive singing and melodeon playing of Tony Hall

The Bold Princess Royal sung by Tom and Barbara Brown, from weblog post
Beyond the Quay, a CD of sea songs by Tom and Barbara Brown

The Death of Nelson sung by Tom and Barbara Brown, from weblog post
Beyond the Quay, a CD of sea songs by Tom and Barbara Brown

The Bold Princess Royal sung by Tom and Barbara Brown, from the weblog post
Beyond the Quay, a CD of sea songs by Tom and Barbara Brown

The Keel Row Played by Danny Chapman, from weblog post Weel may the keel row

The Valiant Sailor Sung by Jack Crawford, from the weblog post The Valiant Sailor, a powerful song of naval warfare in the 18th century

The Orkney Witch Played and sung by Alan Day, from the weblog post The tragic story of an Orkney ‘witch’

British Man Of WarPlayed and sung by Gavin Davenport from the weblog post Sea songs from Gavin Davenport’s new CD

On Board Of A Ninety-Eight Played and sung by Gavin Davenport from the weblog post Sea songs from Gavin Davenport’s new CD

From various sources

River Folk – Songs of the Organ, played by Reginald Foort From the weblog post Songs about rivers with Reginald Foort at the mighty cinema organ

Cromer Lifeboat crew stepdancing in the 1970s From the weblog post Cromer Lifeboat crew stepdancing in the 1970s

6 thoughts on “Songs, tunes and videos”

  1. Clint Hulton has done a study of sea chanties, their origins and their variations. His YouTube channel has over 600 videos, most of which are chanties. Read the descriptions of each to get scholarly information or just enjoy the tunes. (warning: many are quite lewd and/or bawdy.)

    Shanties from the Seven Seas, Part 1 (play list, 199 videos = 9 hours total) http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=58B55DD66

  2. I don't know – but I guess I know someone who may. In the meantime have you tried the Mingulay Boat Song and the Eton Boating Song? Waltzes feel about right…

  3. Greetings from Canada. May I recommend this song – The Mary Ellen Carter – by one of our country’s greatest singer-songwriters – the late Stan Rogers. Here’s the link:

  4. I saw a short film as a child (I’m 60 now) that moved me deeply, about a boy in London who had to get up very early because he had a job on a river barge or tugboat. What I loved about the film was its atmospheric, moody quality, with sounds of the river in the early morning mist and dark, and everyone speaking in muted tones. I recall that the captain of the boat and the boy’s family were concerned and loving, attempting through the job to help the boy, who was withdrawn, come out of his shell. And that they succeeded. It may have been a documentary. I believe it was originally a British TV production. I always thought I’d seen it here in the United States on the wonderful CBS Children’s Film Festival. But I found a list of all the CFF shows, at http://kukla.tv/cbs.html and none of the descriptions matched the film I’m remembering. I thought I’d ask you, though I realize how obscure this might be. Would any of you happen to know anything about this film–the title and other production credits, and where I can find more information about it, or possibly view it again? Thank you for your responses.

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