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Boston Harbour

from Homecoming by Alex Cumming

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    Homecoming is the debut solo album from folk singer and accordionist Alex Cumming. This album explores the world of traditional song and dance music from both sides of the pond and takes you on an exciting and emotional journey through the thoughtful and intricate arrangements. The album is produced and recorded by Alex's long-time collaborator Pete Ord and features the incredible musicianship of fiddler Audrey Jaber, guitarist Max Newman along with various special guests.

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about

This is a song I finally got around to learning after many UK friends saying I should learn it when I moved to Greater Boston back in 2015. This version of the song was collected and published by Captain W.B. Whall in his 1910 book, Sea Songs & Shanties.

Thomas Shrugs March is a great tune written by pianist, singer and producer Thomas Bartlett, who is probably best known in the folk realms as a member of The Gloaming.

lyrics

From Boston Harbour we set sail,
The wind was blowing a devil of a gale,
With our ringtail set abaft the mizzen peak
And our Rule Britannia ploughing up the deep.

Big bow-wow! Tow-row-row!
Fol de rol de ri do day! x2

Up comes the skipper from down below,
He looks aloft, he looks alow,
He looks alow, he looks aloft,
And its “Coil up your ropes there, fore and aft!”

Then down to his cabin he quickly crawls,
And unto his steward he loudly calls,
“Go, mix me a drink that’ll make me cough,
For it’s better weather here than it is up aloft.”

While we poor sailors standing on the deck,
With the blasted rain all a-pouring down our necks;
Not a drop of grog would he to us afford,
But he damned our eyes at every other word

Now the beggar is dead and gone,
But darn his eyes, he’s left a son;
And if to us he doesn’t prove frank,
We’ll very soon make him walk the plank

And one thing which we have to crave,
That he may have a watery grave,
We’ll heave him down into some dark hole,
Where the sharks’ll have his body and the devil have his soul.

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from Homecoming, releases February 28, 2024
Alex Cumming: Lead Vocals, Piano Accordion, Backing Vocals
Audrey Jaber: Fiddle
Max Newman: Acoustic Guitar
Pete Ord: Drums, Electric Guitar, Bass
Rosie Calvert: Backing Vocals
Cate Clifford: Backing Vocals
Catherine Haines: Backing Vocals
Laurel Swift: Backing Vocals
Mira Claire Whiting: Backing Vocals
Will Finn: Backing Vocals

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Alex Cumming Brattleboro, Vermont

Alex Cumming is a traditional Singer, Accordionist, Pianist and dance caller hailing from England, now living in Brattleboro VT, USA. He performs songs and tunes from around the United Kingdom and America with a great depth of knowledge of the tradition. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic dance-able accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence. ... more

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