The era of Waterloo was the heyday of traditional folk ballads, played across the British Isles by local or travelling bands. Many were directly inspired by the wars against France or the experience of a soldier’s life, and military bands helped spread their tunes and lyrics across the world.
Still performing these classics are Simpson’s Folly, a Canadian group who specialise in the traditional folk music of the British Isles. They’ve produced a new album, Songs of the Waterloo era, available for purchase via Waterloo 200. Hear a selection of their songs below. (Click on the left hand side of the black bar to play.)
“Ein Schifflein sah ich fahren” [“A Little Ship I saw go by”]
“Boney Was a Warrior”
All songs copyright Simpson’s Folly. Reproduced by kind permission of the artists.
Their CD, Songs of the Waterloo Era, contains 27 tracks of traditional folk classics. Copies are available for purchase, price £7 plus postage & packing, with a portion of every sale going to support the Waterloo 200 charity. Please contact Michael Crumplin for more, via firstname.lastname@example.org.