Mingulay Boat Song

June 2, 2021 10:38 AM

Trad. sea song, composed in the 1930s by Scots composer Hugh Roberton. I learnt it from a pirate band who used to play at the Maryland Renaissance Fair.

Trying to get to like my voice again, and keep my ear in for harmony.

The recording isn't perfect. Piano bench can be heard creaking. (Think of it as a ship's timbers?)

The pirate band I heard this from were the Pyrates Royale, who disbanded in 2016 after 26 years.

posted by Pallas Athena (3 comments total)

I really enjoyed starting my morning with this, thanks! It gave me some of that... rhythmic motivation that one gets from sea shanties.
posted by Alex404 at 12:22 AM on June 4 [1 favorite]


This is great. The exhortations for putting your "whole voice" ring true here!
posted by ignignokt at 8:54 AM on June 7 [1 favorite]


Thank you both!
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:01 PM on June 8


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