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The American folksong ‘Oh Shenandoah’ or ‘Across the Wide Missouri’ dates from the early eighteenth century, when it was sung by Canadian and American fur traders who negotiated the Missouri river in canoes. In the words ‘O Shenandoah, I love your daughter’, there is a possible association with Skenandoa (1710–1816), the long-lived chief of the Oneida tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy of upstate New York, who is sometimes called ‘Oskanondonha’. The song also has an association with the sea, spread internationally as sailors moved between crews, and by the 1870s it was being included in books of sea shanties. In 1892 the Englishman Alfred Mason Williams included it in his Studies in Folk Song and Popular Song as ‘a good specimen of a bowline chant’.

from notes by Emma Cleobury © 2019


The music of King's
Studio Master: KGS0034-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for KGS0034-D track 19

Recording date
24 April 2018
Recording venue
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Benjamin Sheen
Recording engineer
Benjamin Sheen
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  1. The music of King's (KGS0034-D)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: March 2019
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