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Week 33: The valiant sailor, The Dolphin

With week 33 we leave the songs of love behind and begin the Yellow album, which (despite the name) is going to be mostly warlike. There will be deaths. There will also be non-traditional songs, but not this week.

The valiant sailor (a.k.a. Polly on the shore) is a song from the Napoleonic wars with an interesting narrative standpoint. Sung with concertina, and with thanks to John Kelly. (I recorded the concertina separately, but give me time.)

The Dolphin goes back to an incident in the eighteenth century, involving a ship that wasn’t called the Dolphin and didn’t sail from Liverpool. Sung with drones and drums, and with thanks to Tony Capstick.

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