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The New York Trader

from Jewels by Chris Foster

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Another song that I learned with Nick Pickett back in art school days. It was collected from Ted Goffin of Catfield, Norfolk in the 1920s and later published in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. Like The banks of Newfoundland, this is a song about sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, but in very different circumstances. The story, which has echoes of the ballad Brown Robyn's Confession (Child ballad number 57) combines high action and supernatural undercurrents. The interesting tune, which was written down in 5/4, has evolved into something a bit more uneven over the years.


Full lyrics are on my website at www.chrisfoster-iceland.com


from Jewels, track released February 1, 2017
Chris Foster vocal and guitar tuned EADEAE


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Chris Foster Reykjavik, Iceland

Chris Foster grew up in the south west of England. A master of his trade, he was recently described as “one of the finest singers and most inventive guitar accompanists of English folk songs, meriting legend status.” Over the past 40 years, he has toured throughout the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. He has recorded six solo albums as well as working on many collaborative projects. ... more

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