North Sea Holes

by Boreas

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The first single from forthcoming album 'Ahoy Hoy' by Scots-Norsk band Boreas. Featuring:
Lori Watson - fiddle, vocals
Britt Pernille Frøholm - hardanger fiddle
Rachel Newton - clarsach, vocals
Irene Tillung - accordion

This song was written by Ewan MacColl for the Radio Ballads.

The band are glad to have already received high praise for their version from Ewan's son Calum MacColl: ‘Very lovely indeed…beautiful! I love it. Very atmospheric, like the harmonic journey.'

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Come all you gallant fishermen that plough the stormy sea,
The whole year round on the fishing grounds
On the Northern Minch and the Norway Deeps,
The banks and knolls of the North Sea Holes
Where the herring shoals are found.

It's there you'll find the Norfolk boys and lads from Peterheid,
There's Buckie chiels and men from Shields,
On the Northern Minch and the Norway Deeps,
The banks and knolls of the North Sea Holes
Where the herring shoals are found.

From Fraserborough and Aberdeen, Whitby, Yarmouth Town,
The fleet's away at the break of day
Tae the Northern Minch and the Norway Deeps,
The banks and knolls o the North Sea Holes
Where the herring shoals are found.

It's off with a boiler full of steam and your engine spic and span
To fish the grounds the North Sea round
And fish and knolls and the North Sea Holes
Try your luck at the North Shields Gut
Wi a catch of a hundred cran.

No need to wait for the wind and tide, you're the master of the sea,
Come calm or squall, just shoot and haul
And fill the hold with the fish to be sold
And steam ahead for the curing shed
And the buyers on the Yarmouth quay.

Come all you gallant fishermen that plough the stormy sea,
The whole year round on the fishing grounds
On the Northern Minch and the Norway Deeps,
The banks and knolls of the North Sea Holes
Where the herring shoals are found.

credits

released September 18, 2015
Comp. Ewan MacColl
Arr. Boreas
Rec./Mix. Duncan Lyall at Red Deer Studios
Mast. Nick Cooke
Art. lillias.co.uk

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Boreas

Boreas: The cold North wind, bringer of winter.

Boreas are four accomplished performers who, while distinguished in their own traditional specialisms, have a passion for new and experimental forms of music. Explorers of the creative spaces between their respective musical traditions, Boreas is an entrancing musical union between Scotland and Norway. Making waves across the North Sea and beyond. ... more

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