A terribly salty little song from Sheffield…

Sung here by my friend folk song scholar Ruairidh Greig. After singing that he’s probably an expert in implausibility too…

The story (and song) of the first radio rescue at sea, 23rd January 1909

‘Jack Binns, Jack Binns, the bravest of all the crew, Jack Binns, Jack Binns, The world loves and honours you!’ The first rescue at sea that depended on radio was a big one involving a collision between two liners, and it inspired a music hall song. They don’t write them quite like that any more… … Continue reading “The story (and song) of the first radio rescue at sea, 23rd January 1909”

Why aren’t all sea songs properly called shanties?

This essay explains a useful point: ‘Forebitters were not work songs. They were songs of the sea that were sung for entertainment purposes only. Crew members would sing forebitters during the dog-watches: the times of the day when they were involved in solo deck duty, such as emergency lookouts. … such songs were called ‘fore-bitters’, because … Continue reading “Why aren’t all sea songs properly called shanties?”