Essential Traditional Folk Songs #6: ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’, performed by Paul Brady and others

This is an old Irish/American folk song, done beautifully by many traditional singers. This live performance by Paul Brady is from 1977; Paul recorded the song on his 1978 album ‘Welcome Here Kind Stranger‘.

 

A more recent video of Paul singing the song:

Aoife O’Donovan also does a lovely version of this song, although I do not think she has ever recorded it.

There’s an interesting discussion on this song at Mudcat Café here. The page at Mainly Norfolk includes a video of Martin Simpson performing a very different and very lively version of the song.

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

3 thoughts on “Essential Traditional Folk Songs #6: ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’, performed by Paul Brady and others”

  1. I have the Paul Brady version of the song, which I love, but the other two versions here are lovely, too. I’d say the geography in the lyrics was not quite right, but that would be quibbling. 🙂

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