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Sean van Voght
Last updated: 11.10.23
"Sean van Voght" is a rebel song referring to historical events which occurred in 1796. A French fleet sets out for Ireland and one of the ship carried that iconic rebel-in-chief, Wolfe Tone. When that ship is in Bantry Bay at Christmas, they are unable to land due to bad weather and poor seamanship. Resultantly, the operation is abandoned. "Sean van Voght" is Gaelic meaning "Poor Old Woman", a personification of Ireland.
All of the above makes a resounding "foin" rebel song which was my pleasure to learn and sing when joining Tyneside Maritime Chorus under Benny Graham in 2011. A full version is given More Irish Street Ballads.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook
     Performer CD Title Supplier
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cd15.gif Teresa Doyle Dance To Your Daddy flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Performer Composer
youtube15.jpg Sean van Voght (2:12) The Clancy Brothers