The 12 Days of Boatmas: Wild Rover

The 12 Days of Boatmas: Wild Rover

During the Age of Sail, boats were at the forefront of cultural ‘cross-pollination’, particularly in terms of music. ‘Wild Rover’ is a folk song that became (and remains) immensely popular with tall ship sailors, who took the tune and lyrics...
The 12 Days of Boatmas: The Mermaid

The 12 Days of Boatmas: The Mermaid

The sighting of a mermaid on the seas was considered a portent of a shipwreck, a topic that gets taken up in this rollicking tune from the mid-1700s. With its upbeat tempo and catchy tune, ‘The Mermaid’s verses are the discussion between men on a ship in...