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.