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Title Credit Source Places Nautical Chantey Chorus A Cappella Concertina Vulgar Ribald
Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy dt mb
(Adieu Lovely Nancy)
(Adieu My Lovely Nancy)
(Here’s Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy)
(Lovely Nancy)
(Sweet Nancy)
[trad.] (w&m) Gloucester chantey sing Sussex
All for Me Grog mc wp mb [trad.] (w&m) Arrr!!! mb England
Ireland
All Through the Ale dt mb [trad.] (w&m) Jeff Warner h mb Derbyshire
Ambletown dt wp mb
(Home, Dearie, Home)
[trad.] (w&m) Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Amble
The Anacreontic Song wp mb
(To Anacreon in Heaven)
Ralph Tomlinson mb (w, 1760s)
John Stafford Smith wp mb (m, 1760s)
London
Angelina Baker dt wp mb
(Angeline the Baker)
Stephen Foster wp mb (w, 1850)
[trad.] (m)
Jody Kruskal h mb United States
Are Ye Right There Michael dt wp mb Percy French wp mb (w&m, 1897) Betty O’Kelly d Co. Clare
Asshole Rules the Navy mc mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Auld Lang Syne wp mb Robert Burns wp mb (w, 1788)
[trad.] (m)
Scotland
The Back Door mb Cathie Ryan h mb (w&m, 1992) Cherish the Ladies h wp mb Ireland
United States
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda dt wp mb Eric Bogle h wp mb (w&m, 1971) Christine Lavin h wp mb Australia
Suvla Bay
Banks of the Sacramento dt mb [trad.] (w&m) Salty Dick h wp mb England
California
The Barley Mow dt wp mb
(Good Luck to the Barley Mow)
[trad.] (w&m) Gloucester chantey sing England
Barrett’s Privateers h dt wp mb Stan Rogers h wp mb (w&m, 1976) San Francisco chantey sing h Sherbrooke
Halifax
Montego Bay
Being a Pirate dt mb
(You Can’t Be a Pirate)
Don Freed wp mb (w&m, 1985) Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Canada
Bell-Bottom Trousers dt wp mb Moe Jaffe wp mb (w&m, 1944) San Francisco chantey sing h England
United States
Big Strong Man dt wp mb
(My Brother Sylveste)
[trad.] (w&m) The Press Room sessions United States
Ireland
Canada
Italy
Japan
The Black Velvet Band dt wp mb [trad.] (w&m) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Belfast
Australia
Blackbird Get Up mc mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Barrouallie
Blood-Red Roses dt mb
(Bunch o’ Roses)
(Go Down You Blood Red Roses)
[trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Cape Horn
Blow, Boys, Blow dt mb
(Congo River)
[trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
United States
Blow the Man Down dt wp mb [trad.] (w&m) Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Liverpool
Shanghai
Blow the Man Down dt wp mb [trad.] (w&m) Liverpool
Hong Kong
Boney dt mb
(Boney Was a Warrior)
[trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Corsica
Moscow
Elba
Cape Trafalgar
Braine-l’Alleud
St. Helena
The Bonny Ship the Diamond dt mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Peterhead
Greenland
A Bottle o’ the Best dt mb Jack Foley mb (w)
[trad.] (m)
Scotland
Bowena jc mb [trad.] (w&m) Judy Cook h mb Beloit
Bring ’Em Down dt mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Liverpool
London
Valparaíso
Callao
Bully in the Alley dt mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Charleston
St. George
Byker Hill dt wp mb [trad.] (w&m) Gloucester chantey sing Byker
Walker
Cape Cod Girls dt mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Cape Cod
Australia
Cape Cod Girls dt mb [trad.] (w&m) Mystic Seaport Museum h wp Cape Cod
Australia
Come, Love, Come dt mb
(Come, My Love, Come)
(Nancy Till)
[trad.] (w&m) The Press Room sessions Ohio
Tennessee
Vernon
Wanchese
The Crabfish dt mb
(The Crayfish)
[trad.] (w&m) Salty Dick h wp mb England
Daddy Fox dt mb [trad.] (w&m) In Harmony’s Way h mb England
Australia
Dan Dan mc mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Danny Boy dt wp mb Frederic Weatherly wp mb (w, 1910)
[trad.] (m)
Ireland
England
Dirty Old Town dt wp mb Ewan MacColl wp mb (w&m, 1949) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Salford
Ireland
Do You Love an Apple? dt mb [trad.] (w&m) The Bothy Band wp mb Ireland
Drinking That Wine bw mb
(Drinking of the Wine)
[trad.] (w&m) The Johnson Girls h wp mb Northern Neck
Georgia Sea Islands
Drinks at the Cuba cdm mb Andrew McKay h mb (w&m) Andrew McKay h mb Swansea
Essequibo River dt mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Guyana
England
Farewell to Tarwathie dt mb George Scroggie (w, 1857)
[trad.] (m)
The Press Room sessions Strichen
Crimond
Greenland
Fathom the Bowl dt wp mb
(The Punch Ladle)
[trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Ireland
The Ferryman dt wp mb Pete St. John h wp mb (w&m, 1985) Òran Mór mb Dublin
Fiddler’s Green dt mb John Conolly mb (w&m, 1966) San Francisco chantey sing h Grimsby
Ireland
The Fields of Athenry dt wp mb Pete St. John h wp mb (w&m, 1979) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Athenry
Botany Bay
Finnegan’s Wake dt wp fw gb mb
(Tim Finigan’s Wake)
John F. Poole mb (w, pre-1867)
[trad.] (m)
Òran Mór mb Dublin
New York
The Fishermen’s Song dt mb Andy M. Stewart wp mb (w&m, pre-1981) Silly Wizard wp mb Scotland
Flower of Scotland dt wp mb Roy Williamson wp mb (w&m, 1965) Chris Vaughan mb Bannockburn
The Foggy Dew dt wp mb
(Down the Glen)
Charles O’Neill mb (w, 1919)
[trad.] (m)
Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Ireland
Suvla Bay
Sedd el Bahr
Four Green Fields dt wp mb Tommy Makem wp mb (w&m, 1967) The Granitemen mb Ireland
The Fox dt wp mb [trad.] (w&m) England
United States
Frankie’s Trade dt mb Rudyard Kipling wp mb (w, pub.1910)
Peter Bellamy wp mb (m, 1970)
Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Medway
Cape Horn
Dunkirk
Bruges
Nieuwpoort
Freedom mb Chris Vaughan mb (w, c. 2007?)
[trad.] (m)
Chris Vaughan mb Stirling
Lexington
Portsmouth
From Dover to Calais h mb Howard Kaplan h mb (w&m, 1988) Finest Kind h wp mb Toronto
Dover
Calais
Galway Girl mc wp mb
(The Galway Girl)
Steve Earle wp mb (w&m, 2000) Òran Mór mb Galway
Nashville
General Taylor dt mb [trad.] (w&m) Great Big Sea wp mb United States
Mexico
God Bless England dt mb
(Whack Fol the Diddle)
Peadar Kearney wp mb (w)
[anon.] (m)
The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem wp mb Ireland
England
Charlestown
Good Ale dt mb
(Good Ale Thou Art My Darling)
(O Good Ale)
[trad.] (w&m) Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Sussex
The Good Ship Calibar dt mb
(The Calabar)
[trad.] (w&m) The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem wp mb Lisburn
Portadown
Green Grow the Rashes dt mb
(Green Grow the Rashes, O)
(Green Grow the Rushes, O)
Robert Burns wp mb (w)
[trad.] (m)
Scotland
Greenland Whale Fisheries dt wp mb [trad.] (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Greenland
England
The Grey Funnel Line dt mn mb Cyril Tawney wp mb (w&m, 1959) San Francisco chantey sing h England
Handsome Molly Pendragon United States
Handsome Molly Bob Webb h United States
Hanging Johnny Great Big Sea wp mb England
Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire dt mb
(The Old Barbed Wire)
Gloucester chantey sing England
Paris
Canada
United States
The Harrin’s Heid San Francisco chantey sing h Northumberland
Haul Away Joe San Francisco chantey sing h Ireland
The Hawk and the Crow dt Sean Doyle am Ireland
Help Me to Raise ’Em mc mb
(Help Me to Raise Um)
(Won’t You Help Me to Raise ’Em)
San Francisco chantey sing h Northern Neck
Henry Martin Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Scotland
Here Is My Home mc mb Si Kahn wp mb (w&m) The Press Room sessions United States
Here’s to the Morning Glory dt mb
(Morning Glory)
(One for the Morning Glory)
Doug Flett h mb (w&m, 1973)
Guy Fletcher h wp mb (w&m, 1973)
The Press Room sessions England
Ireland
Hey Rain
(The Innisfail Rain Song)
Bill Scott (w&m) Gloucester chantey sing Innisfail
Hieland Laddie dt mb
(Highland Laddie)
Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Scotland
Highland Laddie mb Charles Erskine mb Scotland
Mobile
Hob y Deri Dando San Francisco chantey sing h Nefyn
Hourra les filles John Roberts France
The Humours of Whiskey Tim Lyons Ireland
The I.C.I. Song mc
(The Chemical Worker’s Song)
(Process Man)
Ron Angel (w&m, 1964) Great Big Sea wp mb Cleveland
The Idiot Stan Rogers h wp mb (w&m) Stan Rogers h wp mb Canada
I’m a Rover Great Big Sea wp mb Ireland
England
The Irish Ballad Tom Lehrer (w&m) Tom Lehrer Ireland
The Irish Rover dt wp Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Cork
New York
John Cherokee
(Alabama John Cherokee)
San Francisco chantey sing h Alabama
John Kanaka dt mb San Francisco chantey sing h Hawaiʻi
Johnny Bowker San Francisco chantey sing h England
Johnny Come Down to Hilo San Francisco chantey sing h Tennessee
Barbados
Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye dt wp Joseph B. Geoghegan (w, 1867) The Granitemen mb Athy
Johnny Jump Up Tadgh Jordan (w&m) Òran Mór mb Youghal
Johnson Girls Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Northern Neck
The Jolly Roving Tar
(Get Up Jack, John Sit Down)
Edward Harrigan (w)
David Braham (m)
San Francisco chantey sing h United States
Ireland
India
Japan
The King
(The Wren)
Wench Work Scotland
Lady Franklin’s Lament dt wp mb
(Lord Franklin)
(The Sailor’s Dream)
San Francisco chantey sing h England
King William Island
Ireland
Leave Her, Johnny dt mb
(Leave Her, Bullies, Leave Her)
(Leave Her, Johnny, Leave Her)
(Time for Us to Leave Her)
San Francisco chantey sing h England
The Leaving of Liverpool San Francisco chantey sing h Liverpool
Ireland
Let Her Go Down Peter Knight (w&m) Steeleye Span England
Little Boy Billee William Makepeace Thackeray (w) Ralph Steadman England
A Long Time Ago dt mb
(Noah’s Ark Chantey)
(Noah’s Ark Shanty)
San Francisco chantey sing h San Francisco
England
Look at the Coffin The Press Room sessions Ireland
Lover’s Heart Andy M. Stewart wp mb (w&m) Silly Wizard wp mb Skye
The Mariner’s Revenge Song Colin Meloy (w&m) The Decemberists United States
Marinheiro só Jason Williams Salvador
Martin Said to His Man The Press Room sessions England
Mary Ellen Carter wp Stan Rogers h wp mb (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Canada
May Song Dave Webber (w&m) The Press Room sessions Padstow
The Mermaid dt San Francisco chantey sing h Portsmouth
The Mermaid Shel Silverstein (w&m) Great Big Sea wp mb United States
Mingulay Boat Song San Francisco chantey sing h Mingulay
Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake dt mb
(Miss Hooligan’s Christmas Cake)
C. Frank Horn mb (w&m, 1883) Jake Schumacher Philadelphia
Ireland
My Son John dt John C. Reilly wp England
Nelson’s Blood dt mb
(A Drop of Nelson’s Blood)
(Roll de Ole Chariot Along)
(Roll the Chariot)
(Roll the Old Chariot)
(Roll the Old Chariot Along)
San Francisco chantey sing h England
The Night that Paddy Murphy Died Johnny Burke (w&m) Great Big Sea wp mb Newfoundland
Ireland
Nine Inch Will Please a Lady Robert Burns wp mb (w) The Press Room sessions Scotland
No Man’s Land wp
(The Green Fields of France)
(Willie McBride)
Eric Bogle h wp mb (w&m, 1976) June Tabor Australia
Scotland
France
Northwest Passage Stan Rogers h wp mb (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Canada
Nos Galan Wales
Nova Scotia Farewell Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Nova Scotia
Old Black Rum Great Big Sea wp mb Newfoundland
Old Brown’s Daughter G. W. Hunt (w&m) Walter Pardon England
Old Brown’s Daughter G. W. Hunt (w)
Ron Hynes (m)
Great Big Sea wp mb Newfoundland
England
Old Maui San Francisco chantey sing h United States
England
The Old Moke Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb United States
Old Zeb Larry Kaplan (w&m) San Francisco chantey sing h Martha’s Vineyard
On Raglan Road dt wp mb
(Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away)
(Raglan Road)
Patrick Kavanagh wp mb (w, 1946) Mourning Glories h Dublin
Paddy Doyle’s Boots San Francisco chantey sing h Ireland
Paddy Lay Back dt mb
(The Liverpool Song)
(Mainsail Haul)
(Paddy Get Back)
(Valparaiso Round the Horn)
San Francisco chantey sing h England
Ireland
San Francisco
France
Valparaíso
Chincha Islands
Paddy West dt mb The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem wp mb Liverpool
Ireland
Paddy Works on the Railway dt wp Gloucester chantey sing Ireland
United States
The Parting Glass dt wp Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Ireland
Scotland
Paul Jones tb United States
Peggy Gordon Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Nova Scotia
United States
Ireland
Pleasant and Delightful dt mb Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb England
The Pump Shanty Tony Goodenough (w&m) Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb
Ranzo dt mb
(Poor Old Rubin Ranzo)
(Reuben Ranzo)
(Robin Ranzo)
(Roving Ranzo)
(Rubin Ranzo)
San Francisco chantey sing h New York
The Rigs o’ Barley Robert Burns wp mb (w) Ed Miller Scotland
Rio Grande dt mb
(Away for Rio)
(Away, Rio)
(Away to Rio)
(Bound for the Rio Grande)
(Were You Ever in Rio Grand)
San Francisco chantey sing h Rio Grande do Sul
England
San Francisco
New York
Rise Me Up from Down Below
(Whiskey O, Johnny O)
San Francisco chantey sing h England
The Rising of the Moon dt wp John Keegan Casey wp (w, c. 1865) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Granard
River Driver Great Big Sea wp mb Newfoundland
Rocky Road to Dublin dt wp mb D. K. Gavan ws mb (w, pre-1863) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Dublin
Tuam
Holyhead
Liverpool
Roll, Alabama, Roll San Francisco chantey sing h Alabama
Roll the Woodpile Down San Francisco chantey sing h Florida
Georgia
Rolling Down the River dt mb Jack Forbes mb (w&m) The Press Room sessions Tilbury
The Rolling Mills of New Jersey dt John Roberts (w)
Tony Barrand (w)
Arrr!!! mb New Jersey
Sally Free and Easy San Francisco chantey sing h England
Sally Rackett San Francisco chantey sing h England
The Seamen’s Hymn
(Nelson’s Prayer)
A. L. Lloyd (w&m) Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb England
Shove Around the Jug The Johnson Girls h wp mb United States
Ireland
Sing John Ball dt mb
(John Ball)
Sydney Carter wp mb (w&m, 1963) The Press Room sessions St. Albans
Skin and Bones Anonymous (Warner Collection) Poplar Bluffs
South Australia wp dt mb
(Bound for South Australia)
(Rolling King)
(Ruler King)
San Francisco chantey sing h Australia
England
Ireland
Spancil Hill Michael Considine (w) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb California
Spancil Hill
Spanish Ladies dt mc mb San Francisco chantey sing h Spain
England
Spanish Ladies mc mb
(Farewell and Adieu)
(Talcahuano Girls)
(Yankee Whalermen)
San Francisco chantey sing h Spain
New Bedford
Martha’s Vineyard
Spanish Ladies wp mc
(Rant and Roar)
(The Ryans and the Pittmans)
Great Big Sea wp mb Spain
Toslow
Strike the Bell San Francisco chantey sing h England
Sugar in the Hold San Francisco chantey sing h New Orleans
Mobile
There Were Roses Tommy Sands (w&m) Robbie O’Connell Newry
Thomas and Nancy Finest Kind h wp mb Sally’s Cove
Three Jolly Fishermen Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Edinburgh
Twelve Apostles
(Come and I Will Sing You)
Great Big Sea wp mb Newfoundland
Venezuela to Trinidad Roger Hussey (w&m, 2007) The Press Room sessions Venezuela
Trinidad
The Water Is Wide Pendragon Ireland
Scotland
Wave Over Wave dt Jim Payne h wp (w&m, 1983) Great Big Sea wp mb Newfoundland
Way Down in Shawneetown dt mc
(Shawneetown)
San Francisco chantey sing h Old Shawneetown
’Way Stormalong John San Francisco chantey sing h England
Weldon mc mb Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Weldon
Northern Neck
Whiskey in the Jar dt wp Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Co. Kerry
White Mercury Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb Aberdeenshire
White Squall mc wp mb Stan Rogers h wp mb (w&m, 1983) San Francisco chantey sing h Wiarton
Sault Ste. Marie
Who Built the Ark? The Johnson Girls h wp mb United States
Wild Goose Nation San Francisco chantey sing h Ireland
United States
Wild Mountain Thyme wp Francis McPeake (w&m) Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Belfast
Scotland
The Wild Rover Culann’s Hounds h wp mb Ireland
Wings of a Goney
(The Weary Whaling Grounds)
Salty Walt & the Rattlin’ Ratlines h mb New Bedford
Greenland