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This evening I’ll mainly be listening to … Micheál Ó Domhnaill and Kevin Burke September 12, 2016

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It’s the wrong day of the week, and it’s only one song, but when I saw the following in the Guardian, I had to get out this song

Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt

Exclusive: Perfectly preserved HMS Terror vessel sank during disastrous expedition led by British explorer Sir John Franklin

The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries.

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1. irishelectionliterature - September 12, 2016

Great stuff. The whole Franklin expedition is fascinating alright. Don’t know if you’ve read “Barrows Boys” but it gives a great description of Britains Artic explorations of the time.

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2. Aonrud ⚘ - September 13, 2016

Great indeed!

Though, to be honest I’ve always favoured Martin Carthy’s version – it’s a bit rougher and draws the dirge out a bit.

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3. Joe - September 13, 2016

Great song. Great story. Saw a documentary on it a few years back – I got the impression at the time that everything was now known about what happened. This latest development shows that we’ve more to learn. Sinéad O’Connor has a version of the song too. I’m convinced that the first version I heard was from some other female singer on the radio years back – but I haven’t been able to find it. Any tips?

Dylan’s song (title?) “While riding on a train going west, I put back my head to take my rest, I dreamed a dream it made me sad, about the good old days and the first few feiends I ever had” is heavily inflenced by the Lord Franlin ballad.

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