Six Jolly Miners
DESCRIPTION: About "six jolly miners." They come from all over Britain, "but all of their delight was to split those rocks in twine." "Sometimes we have good credit, boys, sometimes we've none at all." "We'll call for liquors plenty and drink our healths all round."
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle); c.1867? (broadside, Harding B 26(374))
KEYWORDS: work mining drink nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North,South)Scotland(Bord)) Canada(Mar) US(MA)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 238, "Six Jolly Miners (1 text with supplements, 1 tune)
Copper-SongsAndSouthernBreezes, pp. 286-287, "Six Jolly Miners" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-TheEverlastingCircle 92, "The Miners" (1 text)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #141, "Six Jolly Miners" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior-TraditionalSongsOfNovaScotia, p. 176, "The Jolly Miner " (1 text, 1 tune)
Louis Rowe, "Six Jolly Miners" (on FSB9)
Bodleian, Harding B 26(374), "Lines written on the Six Jolly Miners" ("Its of six jolly miner lads six miners yo [sic] shall hear"), P. Brereton (Dublin), c.1867; also 2806 c.8(197), "Lines wretten [sic] on the Six Jolly Miners"
NOTES [15 words]: The Brereton date is problematic. Bodleian assigns c.1867 for all Brereton broadsides. - BS
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