Sealers' Ball, The

DESCRIPTION: The sealers get their money at the wharf, more at the store, and "a couple of gallons" on Saturday evening. After the dance Jack Burke's girl was with Jim McGee. When their fight was over "they found the lady she'd a-gone."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: courting fight hunting shore dancing drink party humorous
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Peacock, pp. 94-95, "The Sealers' Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ryan/Small, pp. 123-124, "The Sealer's Ball" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bennett-Downey 8, pp. 86-88, "John Park He Had Nar' One" (1 text)

ST Pea094 (Partial)
Roud #9957
RECORDINGS:
Tom Cornelly, "Much of a Hand" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Jerome Downey, "John Park He Had Nar' One" (on NFJDowney01)
Hector MacIsaac and Jerome Downey, "Not Much of a Hand Aboard a Vessel" (on NFHMacIsaac01)
Tom Morry, "The Sealers' Ball" (on PeacockCDROM)

ALTERNATE TITLES:
Be Ye Much of a Hand Aboard a Vessel
NOTES: The MUNFLA/Leach text changes the last line of the chorus from "A-pelting the puppy swiles, sir" to "A-catching the codfish wild sir." Hardly worth mentioning except that the brawl is no longer at "The Sealers' Ball." - BS
Last updated in version 4.2
File: Pea094

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