Podcast: Folk songs of the waterways

Sit by the fire with traditional music specialist Sam Lee, as he unravels the relationship between water and Britain’s folk heritage


Mercury Prize-winning musician Sam Lee speaks to Waterfront about the long tradition of folk songs written and sung by the riverbank – from lonely fishermen’s laments and poignant tales of passage, to working songs and sea shanties. And, of course, Sam’s more than happy to belt out a few classics by the fireside. To wrap it all up, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Lorraine Bowen plays us out with her enchanting song, ‘Land Shanty’.

Waterfront podcast celebrates the work of the Canal & River Trust, explores the stories behind some of our iconic stretches of water and meets fascinating people who live, work and play beside our waterways. Subscribe to Waterfront on iTunes so you don’t miss the next episode.