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The Keel Row

Traditional English

Arranged by Ollie Lambert

4-parts - SATB


This Tyneside folk song evokes the life and work of the keelmen of Newcastle upon Tyne. These men would ferry coal nine miles along the shallow Tyne to the large collier ships waiting at the mouth of the river. The round trip took around 12-15 hours, and was extremely hard work for which they received one guinea per load. The earliest version was printed in the 1770s and was a popular tune of its time in Scotland, Northumberland and Durham.

The Keel Row

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