Posts tagged ‘Undaunted females’

August 18, 2013

Week 104 – Banks of Sweet Dundee

Banks of Sweet Dundee - broadside from the National Library of Scotland

Banks of Sweet Dundee – broadside from the National Library of Scotland “Word on the Street” collection.

This post completes the second year of A Folk Song A Week. Never having counted how many songs I actually know, it’s hard to say how many more I have to post, but I reckon I can keep going for another year or so.

This one – a piece of  “sublime doggerel” according to Frank Kidson – I learned very early in my career as a singer of folk songs, from Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl’s The Singing Island. The source of the song is given as “William Miller, Stirling” –  MacColl’s father, I believe.

It was once a very popular song in England, Scotland and beyond – look at all the recorded versions in the Roud Index.

Banks of Sweet Dundee