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What shall we do with the drunken sailor?

traditional Irish/English
author of text

If a varnish of respectability occasionally veils the earthier aspects of folksong, Ruairi Bowen’s inebriated account (written at sea) of the hauling chanty, What shall we do with the drunken sailor? goes some way to removing it. Off-beat entries, hiccups, and grindingly unstable tonalities (at one point in three keys simultaneously) threaten to scupper the catalogue of rough remedies: many examples are extant, countless others were doubtless improvised. Richard Terry’s arrangement from 1919 included the tongue-twister, ‘Tie him to the taff-rail when she’s yard-arm under’.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on SIGCD598 [1'55] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 16

Recording date
28 September 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. The last rose of summer (SIGCD598)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: September 2019
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