The Shoals of Herring

“Shoals of Herring” is one of my favorite folk songs.

  • It is on a record which I brought home from England in 1975, after having spent one wonderful year there as an assistant teacher, so it brings back memories of that time (long, long ago!).
  • It is sung by Ewan McColl, a famous folk singer (he wrote “Dirty Old Town” as well)
  • It tells us about the fishermen’s daily life, their hardships but also their pride in doing their job
  • It tells us about a time long ago, when there were lot of shoals of herring and herrings were poor men’s food – today herrings are a luxury.
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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

One response to “The Shoals of Herring”

  1. Rosa Say says :

    I really enjoyed this with my coffee this morning Ulla – the post with your words, the feeling evoked by the video, with history -appreciation – music – imagination all mixed so wonderfully. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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