An instrumental that Jeremy wrote a number of years ago, to which Fran added a gentle accordion part. We’re all keen on a ramble.
Terns, also known as ‘sea swallows’, are a group of small seabirds, related to gulls. When we wrote this, Fran had some photographs of arctic terns on his desk, taken by his grandfather on a trip to the Farne Islands. They seemed to match the tune.
One of our first songs, and we thought the name had a good ring to it. Windjammers were commercial sailing ships, built to carry bulk cargo for long distances in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Ewan MacColl wrote this song as part of the BBC Radio Ballads in 1960. It describes the efforts, skill and fortitude of herring fishermen in the middle of the twentieth century.
One of the first songs written together. Jake’s lyrics take inspiration from the sense of history and magic pervading ideas of Britain’s pagan past.