After a trip to the Nelson exhibition area at The
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in 2004, (well worth a visit if you haven't been), Joy was so moved by
the experience, especially the clothes Nelson wore at Trafalgar,
she couldn't rest until she'd written a song about the battle
and Nelson's death there. She called the song "England Expects"
and it's the title track of our first album.
Joy's arrangements of the many traditional songs we sing make
already great songs sound even better but she's also set loads of great poems
to music to make them into really terrific songs. Some of these are listed below.
:- Roll 'Er Home, Rosario, Sea Voices,
The Wine of Life, The Derelict, Casey's Concertina, A Sailor's
Life is a Dog's Life, Bill's Enemy, Home For Christmas, Morning
Watch, The Packet Rat, The Blue Peter, Davy Jones's Locker, Stew.
:- The Sea Wife, The Young British Soldier, Gethsemane, The Recall, The Oldest Song, Normans & Saxons, Sir Richard's Song.
:- In Flanders Fields.
:- Come Live With Me, Marian's Nose.
:- The Mouldering Milkmaid.
:- Mary's Ghost.
:- A Dog's Mistake.
:- Spot of the Antarctic.
Scowie (Keith Scowcroft)
:- How's Your Lurcher Bred Sir?
Manchester Ballads (From 18th/19th Century Broadsides)
:- Our Factory School, Humanity is Calling, The Spinner's Lamentation.
Joy's started writing tunes for several other poems, only to realise that they fit perfectly to the tunes of
well known songs. Two of these are "Tin Turtles", a poem by Kipling (actually called 1914-18) which we sing to the tune of "Spanish Ladies"
(it's on our "Adventures" album) and "Jemmy's Garden", a poem by Cliff Gerrard, which we sing to the tune of "The Female Drummer".