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Thread #151940   Message #3551427
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
21-Aug-13 - 12:57 PM
Thread Name: Linen Industry Songs
Subject: RE: Linen Industry Songs
From Mainly Norfolk; The Doffing Mistress
[Roud 2133; Ballad Index K220; trad.]

This weaving mill song was sung by Anne Briggs with Ray Fisher joining in on chorus on the theme album The Iron Muse: A Panorama of Industrial Folk Music. A.L. Lloyd wrote in the original album's sleeve notes:

It seems to have originated in the linen-mills of Northern Ireland but has since spread to textile workers elsewhere. The form easily allows for improvised words and many local verses are attached to the tune. A "doffer" is a worker who takes the full bobbins off the spinning machines.

Lintheads; Pride of the Springfield Road/Laurence Common/Goodbye Monday Blues by Patrick Street

"And we'll bring the children up like us to work in the cotton mill."
This is a Belfast song - could it be adapted to linen mills too?