Wednesday, May 22, 2013

When cockle shells...

from w

There's one song in a hundred that is so moving it takes you to another place. Last night at a concert at Queenscliff Uniting Church a soloist sang 'Waly Waly' (not 'The water is wide' version) but 'when cockle shells turn...' I had never heard it before so I asked the choir conductor about it and he said that Eva Cassidy sings it, so I tracked it down on youtube. It is a marvellous song.  Apparently 'Waly' means 'woe is me' and the folk song may be from the 17th century - England or border of Scotland.

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