The Recruited Collier

This is one of the best-loved songs of the modern folk revival, sung here in a wonderful live ‘a cappella’ version by the brilliant Lucy Ward:

There is a considerable amount of controversy about the origins of this song, and I wrote a rather lengthy piece about it a couple of years ago which you can read here.

Lucy Ward is a delightful young folk singer from Derbyshire in north west England. Her website is here. I do not believe that she has yet recorded her version of ‘The Recruited Collier’.

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