A Trip Up North

So this week I have been obsessed with sea shanties and have spent many a happy hour trawling YouTube for various versions of Haul Away Joe, Spanish Ladies and hundreds more.  It was then that I came across a documentary that Gareth Malone did for the BBC called British Shanties and Sea Songs.

In this documentary they mention Homecoming Songs and Outgoing Songs which the seamen would sing either on the way back from a journey or as they were setting off on one.  This opened a new area of nautical music to me and I dove headlong into it.  During my travels I found this beautiful song called The Mingulay Boat song; specifically an excellent version by Richard Thompson which he recorded for an album called Rogues Gallery (which I highly recommend!)

I fell in love instantly and absolutely had to share it with all of you, so here it is, our version of The Mingulay Boat Song: a homecoming song from Scotland.

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