Week 105 – Nancy of Yarmouth

'Nancy Of Yarmouth' from the Lucy Broadwood Manuscript Collection, via the EFDSS Full English site.

‘Nancy Of Yarmouth’ from the Lucy Broadwood Manuscript Collection, via the EFDSS Full English site.

“A particular favourite”, as the broadsides used to say.

I learned this from Suffolk singer Fred Ling, on the LP Sailor Men and Serving Maids (Volume 6 in the Topic/Caedmon series The Folk Songs of Britain). His fine performance  was recorded by Peter Kennedy in 1953 at the famous  Blaxhall Ship. Listening back to that recording now, I seem to have changed the tune a bit in the 30-odd years that I’ve been singing the song. Still, if you’ve got a problem with that sort of thing, you’d probably be best off not listening to folk music.

Nancy of Yarmouth

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