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Bobby Shaftoe

traditional Irish/English
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Both The Water of Tyne and Bobby Shaftoe were published in 1812 by John Bell (sometime librarian to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne): the latter title was certainly familiar in 1760, having been annexed by Robert Shafto of County Durham for his successful parliamentary canvassing that year, but the customary lines begin halfway through the story. The boy has already received rebuffs to three marriage proposals, and gone to sea in despair, whereupon his intended strikes up the confident affirmation that he will return to marry her after all. This might be thought oddly optimistic, unless we are missing an episode, but it appears from Stephen Carleston’s resourceful arrangement that she whiled away the hours by writing a fugue.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


The King's Singers - Gold
Studio Master: SIGCD500Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on SIGCD500 CD1 [1'13] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD598 [2'52] Download only

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