We've got a huge number and variety of songs and tunes
covering all the usual folkie subjects (e.g. loads of death and sexual innuendo) but
a large proportion are related to the sea and sea-faring men, mainly
in the days of sail.
In the British navy, sailors then, as now, spent time "on watch",
i.e. on duty and time "below", i.e. off duty. The normal
watch length was four hours but there were two, two hour watches
each day, from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. - these were called the first and second
"Dog Watch". The reason was so that the four hour periods on or off watch alternated each day.
Since 1989 (several years before we were bitten by the folk music bug),
Joy & I have been associated with the
Guide Dogs For The Blind Association as puppy walkers and fundraisers. During this time we've had
great fun bringing up loads of guide dog puppies.
Because of our involvement with both dogs and sea songs, the name Dogwatch
just seemed the obvious choice - it sort of jumped up and bit
us on the .... you might say!!