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  1. While playing Fanny Powers, a harmony seemed to write itself so I posted it here (Fanny Powers Harmony) Many of the tunes we play in our sessions have fiddle, whistle, pipes, mandolin and concertina all playing the same tune. It sounds much more "full" with a good harmony line to accompany the melody. Do you have any favourite harmonies you like to play along with the "regular" tunes played in a session? If you do I'd love to hear them.



  2. Last Sunday we had a request for a "song about pirates" from a 12 year old and we responded with "My name is Captain Kidd" which has a great tune. If you want a shanty for younger kids, who may not see all the innuendo you could try "Haul 'er away" I'll put the lyrics here and if you want the tune I can supply it. Might sound fun with all the kids singing "Haul er away" which is all they'd have to learn. My question about this as a working song wolud be - would the sailors be pulling during the "Haul er Away" or when they weren't singing? Looking over the lyrics again you might want to leave out little Winnie Ducket :o


    Haul 'er Away


    Little Daisy Dawson

    Haul 'Er Away!

    She's got flannel drawers on

    Haul 'Er Away!

    So says our ol' bosun

    Haul 'Er Away!

    With a hauley high-O!

    Haul 'Er Away!


    Little Sally Racket

    She's pawned my best jacket

    And she's lost the ticket.


    Little Betty Baker

    Ran off with a Quaker

    Guess her mum could shake 'er.


    Little Susie Skinner

    Says she's a beginner

    But prefers it to 'er dinner.


    Little Flo Fanana

    Slipped on a banana

    Now she can't play the pianner.


    Little Rosie Riddle

    Broke her brand new fiddle

    Got a hole right in the middle.


    Little Polly Walker

    Ran off with a hawker

    Oh, he was a corker.


    Little Kitty Carson

    Ran off with a parson

    Now she has a little barson.


    Little Winnie Duckett

    Washes in a bucket

    She's a whore but she don't look it.


    Up me fightin' cocks, now

    Up and split them blocks, now.

    Up and stretch 'er luff boys

    And that'll be enough, boys.


    Recorded by Killen, 50 South to 50 South

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