Maggie May [Trad. arr. Gavin Atkin]

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Maggie May is one of the great classic warning songs explaining in clear detail about the way the girls ashore can exploit newly paid-off sailors - though in this case the woman involved gets transported to Botany Bay - which would date the song to the transportation era, which ran from 1788 to 1868, and sea song historian and shantyman Stan Hugill found a reference to it dating back to the 1830s. What's amazing, perhaps, is that people still sing it today...

The melodeon is an old Hohner Erica tuned in GC.


from The Running Tide, released April 23, 2015
Trad. arr. Gavin Atkin


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Gavin Atkin lives, sings and plays in Kent, where he also sails dinghies and a small yacht, publishes a boating weblog, and runs events and workshops focusing on traditional and old fashioned music.


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