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The Newcombe Gauger
Last updated: 23.01.24
It was Brian Kelly who put me on to this wonderful song. Some ten years ago he taped a few songs for me to transcribe for his own use. for one reason or other I forgot about it and never heard it again. It was only when clearing out some old cassettes during a very untypical spring-cleaning (every ten years or so!) that I actually played and listen to it. And what gems there were! this The Gauger and The Dreadnought sung by Ewan MacColl as well as Santa Anna and The Coast of Peru sung by A.L. Lloyd.
The Gauger is a very jolly love song where a seaman is obliged by the strength of his love to take up the mysterious trade of a Gauger (any surfer out there who knows what a gauger is? I've checked all manner of dictionaries without success!). It seems that his intended lass is just a little flighty but there is a jolly happy ending whereby he himself, his bonny lass and even his mother-in-law are all delighted with the outcome.
  Composer Performer Instruments
  MP3 Samples from DBE      
audiodbemp315.gif Unknown Geoff Grainger
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Geoff Grainger Manifold Love flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif dbe15.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists Sailors' Songs and Sea Shanties flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Performer Composer
youtube15.jpg The Newcombe Gauger (3:09) E. MacColl