Hearts of Oak

Performing maritime and folk music in North Devon and beyond

The Sailors Way (1983 Audio cassette)

Side One.

  • 1. The Sailors Alphabet.
  • 2. So early in the morning.
  • 3. Shenandoah.
  • 4. Lowlands.
  • 5. Sally Rackett.
  • 6. Blow the man down.
Side Two.
  • 1. Rights of man. (Instr)
  • 2. Haul the bowline.
  • 3. Poor old horse.
  • 4. Home dearie Home.
  • 5. Leave her Johnnie.
  • 6. The Sailors way.
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All at Sea. (1984 Audio cassette)

Side A
  • 1. Willie Gray.
  • 2. Bully boats.
  • 3. The coffin ships.
  • 4. Emma let me be.
  • 5. The Montague.
  • 6. The soldiers joy. (Instr)
  • Sleeps sound in the morning. (Instr)
  • 7. My Donald.
  • 8. The mermaid.
  • 9. The Watchet sailor.
  • 10. Rights of man. (Instr)
  • 11. Bold Riley.
  • 12. Ragamuffin.
Side B.
  • 1. Cheelee men.
  • 2. Tarwathie.
  • 3. Royal Oak .
  • 4. Golden Vanity.
  • 5. Bonnie ship 'The Diamond'.
  • 6. Merrily kissed the Quaker. (Instr)
  • 7. Heave away me Johnnies.
  • 8. The Press gang.
  • 9. Hilo Somebody.
  • 10. The Boatman.
  • 11. The Titanic.
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'Hearts of Oak' Double Album. (1990 cassette)


Side One.
  • 1. New York Girls.
  • 2. Wild Rover.
  • 3. Survivor Leave.
  • 4. Wild Goose.
  • 5. Hornpipes (Instr)
  • 6. Boston Harbour.
  • 7. Soap, Starch, Candles.
  • 8. Men of the sea.
  • 9. Maui.

Side Two.
  • 1. The Sailors way.
  • 2. Shanandoah.
  • 3. Lonesome Boatman (Instr)
  • 4. Roll the cotton.
  • 5. Mist over Lundy.
  • 6. The leaf.
  • 7. Braunton Quay.
  • 8. Rolling home.

Side Three.
  • 1. Maggie May.
  • 2. Sloop Jahn 'B'
  • 3. Blood red roses.
  • 4. Waltz set (Instr)
  • 5. Mingulay boat song.
  • 6. High Barbaree.
  • 7. Grimsby Lads.
  • 8. Ragamuffin.

Side Four.
  • 1. The Mermaid.
  • 2. Pleasant and deightful.
  • 3. 3 score and 10.
  • 4. Lynmouth Lifeboat.
  • 5. The Whaling Life.
  • 6. Bunch of Thyme.
  • 7. Whip Jamboree.
  • 8. The Farewell.

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Christmas Seasoning. (cassette 1994)

Side One.

  • 1. Rolling Downwards.
  • 2. The January Man.
  • 3. Hark, Hark, what news?
  • 4. The Cherry tree carol.
  • 5. Angels rejoice!
  • 6. A Child this day is born.
  • 7. Wassail (N.Devon Mummers)
  • 8. Silent night, Holy night.
Side Two.
  • 1. See amid the Winters snow.
  • 2. The Holly and the Ivy.
  • 3. In a manger.
  • 4. Scarlett ribbons.
  • 5. While shepherds watched.
  • 6. Joy, health, love and peace.
  • 7. God rest ye merry gentlemen.
  • 8. All Hail my friends.

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From the Hearts. (Audio cassette 1993)

Side One.
  • 1. Bonny ship 'The Diamond'
  • 2. Whalefishers lament.
  • 3. Star of County Down.
  • 4. Love is teasing.
  • 5. Lynmouth disaster.
  • 6. Liverxander Hornpipe. (Instr)
  • 7. John Henry.
  • 8. Ball of yarn.
Side Two.

Rare old times. (Audio cassette 1997)

Side one.
  • 1. Cotton Mill girls.
  • 2. Tom's gone to Hilo.
  • 3. The Fireship.
  • 4. Manchester Rambler.
  • 5. Greenland whale.
  • 6. Farmers toast.
  • 7. Our Captain cried "All hands"
  • 8. Shoals of herring.
  • 9. Miners Lifeguard.
Side Two.
  • 1. The Lifeboat.
  • 2. Bright blue rose.
  • 3. Lundy Island Jim.
  • 4. Bring us a barrel.
  • 5. Willie McBride.
  • 6. Rare old times.
  • 7. Hush.
  • 8. Absent friends.

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Whistling up a wind (CD 2000)

  • 1. Santiano.
  • 2. The Blue Peter.
  • 3. Paddy lay back.
  • 4. Outward bound.
  • 5. Liverpool/Galway Hornpipes.
  • 6. Spanish ladies.
  • 7. Rolling down to old Maui.
  • 8. For Rockall we are bound.
  • 9. I once was a fisherman.
  • 10. Toms gone to Hilo.
  • 11. Never again will I roam.
  • 12. Music of Spey/Margarets waltz. (Instr)
  • 13. The hand of fate.
  • 14. Grey funnel line.
  • 15. Carrying an oar.
  • 16. Sonny,

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By popular request. (CD 2001)

'Down the Road' (CD 2003)

  • 1. Down the Road.
  • 2. A Ship Sails up to Bideford.
  • 3. Jim the Carter's Lad.
  • 4. The Fireship.
  • 5. The Blacksmith.
  • 6. Sunny's Mazurka/Louis Waltz.
  • 7. The Fair Maid of Youghal.
  • 8. Thirty Foot Trailer
  • 9. Barnstaple Fair.
  • 10. Logs to Burn.
  • 11. Faces on the Stair.
  • 12. The Smuggler.
  • 13. Morrison's/Lannigan's Ball/Cooley's Reel.
  • 14. Out on the Mira
  • 15. The Bellringing
  • 16. Row On.
  • 17. The Lynmouth Disaster
  • 18. Farewell to Nancy.
  • 19. Green Lanes
  • 20.Time Ashore
  • 21, Rolling Home.

Down the Road

Sail Along Kathleen and May (2004)

  • The Fair Maid of Youghal
  • A Ship Sailed up to Bideford
  • The Fireship
  • Mist over Lundy
  • Smuggler
  • Morrisons/LannigansBall/Coolie's reel
  • Blue Peter
  • Time Ashore
  • Braunton Quay
  • Outward Bound
  • The Whaling Life
  • Maggie May
  • Liverpool/Galway Hornpipe
  • The Last Shanty
  • Out on the Mira
  • Bunch of Thyme
  • Our Captain cried "All Hands!"
  • Rolling Home
The Kathleen and may, specifically a three masted, square rig topsail schooner, is the last in a long line of West of England Trading Vessels. Carrying over 4500 sq feet of canvas on eleven sails, she was one of the fastest and most graceful ships of her time.

She was built in 1900 at Connah's Quay in North Wales by Ferguson and Baird for Captain John Coppack, and originally named 'Lizzie May' after one of his daughters.

She was sold in 1908 to the fleming family in youghal, Southern Ireland and renamed 'Kathleen and May'. In 1931 she was sold again to Tommy Jewel of Appledore and registered in the port of Bideford. She worked as an auxilliary powered sailing vessel right through the Second World War and up to 1960 when she was the last ship of her kind to carry cargo under sail.

Displayed to tourists for a while in London she fell into disrepair and ended up in a backwater in Gloucester awaiting an uncertain fate. In 1998 Kathleen and may was saved from the breakers by Steve Clarke, a Bideford businessman who pooled all his resources to bring her back to Bideford.

With a team of local craftsmen and volunteers the Kathleen and May is back under sail and being restored to her former splendour. Hearts of Oak are proud to be able to do thier part to support this worthwhile project.