The Dark Eyed Sailor [Trad. arr. Gavin Atkin]

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Like many people, I learned this classic of the 'broken token' genre from recordings of Fred Jordan of Shropshire and Phil Tanner of the Gower. I always think it's refreshing to hear a song in which the relationship between a sailor and the young woman he left behind turns out so well! It's also a reminder that in years gone by sailors were like ploughboys – they were strong, fit, and often well paid men who seem to have had a certain appeal to at least some young women.


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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