Boghead Crew, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer joins the Boghead harvest crew. The crew are described by name, task, and characteristics. The meals seem happy enough. "Noo, I mysel comes in the last My heart it is richt glaed To follow up the merry crew And wag the hinmost blades"
AUTHOR: James Trail (source: Greig #5, p.3)
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Greig)
KEYWORDS: farming work moniker nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Greig #3, pp. 1-2, "The Boghead Crew"; Greig "Folk-Song in Buchan," pp. 44-45, "The Boghead Crew" (1 text plus 1 fragment)
GreigDuncan3 409, "The Boghead Crew" (4 texts, 4 tunes)
cf. "The Hairst o' Rettie" (subject: harvest crew moniker song) and references there
cf. "The Kiethen Hairst" (subject: harvest crew moniker song)
cf. "The Ardlaw Crew" (subject: harvest crew moniker song)
cf. "The Northessie Crew" (subject: harvest crew moniker song)
NOTES [110 words]: The song has the same happy tone about the harvest work as "The Kiethen Hairst" by the same author.
Greig/GreigDuncan3 409A dates the harvest: "Twas in the year 1870, On August the 16th day From the parish of Longside I northward took my way."
Greig #7, p. 3 reports that he has in hand another version that "contains the two or three verses which I omitted; but as Mr Trail himself quite approves of the omission we need not re-open the matter."
GreigDuncan3 has a map on p. xxxv, of "places mentioned in songs in volume 3" showing the song number as well as place name; Boghead (409) is at coordinate (h6-7,v9-0) on that map [roughly 38 miles N of Aberdeen]. - BS
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