This tune isn’t a two parter so wouldn’t make a substantial member of a dance tune set, but might appeal anyway to those with an interest in 3/2s.
The song speaks of the effects of the Naval press-gangs on Tyneside:
Here’s the tender coming, pressing all the men,
O dear hinny, what’ll we do then,
Here’s the tender coming, off at Shields Bar,
Here’s the tender coming, full of men o’ war..
Here’s the tender coming, stealing of my dear,
Oh, dear lad, they’ll ship you out of here,
They’ll ship you foreign, that is what it means,
Here’s the tender coming, full of red marines..
Hey bonny lassie, let’s gan ti the Lawe
And see the tender lying off at Shields bar,
With her colours flying and her anchors at the bow,
They’ve taken my bonny laddie, the best of all the crew..
Of course, the song goes appreciably slower than the midi.
Didn’t the House Band record this? Can anyone tell me the name of the album it was on?
I have the album.I think it’s their first and it’s title is simply ‘The House Band’
Just as a tune, without the words sung to it, this would count as a slow air I think.
The rhythm of the song’s a bit faster than a slow air, Dow. First House Band album, sung by Ged Foley.
Yeah, but I wouldn’t call it a 3/2 or any other type of dance tune. It’s also sung by Sandra Kerr on her recording with her daughter Nancy and James Fagan entitled "Scalene".
"a bit faster than a slow air"
A "medium speed" air, or "fast air" then? 🙂
I don’t know, Dow. Maybe some kind of 6/4 march tempo. I first heard the song sung in Aberdeen Folk Club sometime in the early 70s by 2 Geordies called “Maxie & Mitch” who were up in Scotland on tour with John Doonan. Interestingly, they upped the tempo of the song on a middle verse to 9/8 time, before going back to the original.
Always liked the song.
This was first recorded by The High Level Ranters on their Topic LP "Ranting Lads" (1976) where they play it in a triple set , between "Captain Bover" and "Success to the Fleet". This is the "classic" Ranters’ lineup with Tom, Alistair, Colin and Johnny. I’m sorry, I don’t have the dots.
Here’s the Tender Coming
This is included on the Jez Lowe album, Tenterhooks, in a track that combines the tunes, ‘Homefires’ and ‘Dance to your Daddy’ with the songs ‘Felton Lonnen’ and ‘Here’s the Tender coming’ into a striking whole.
Re: Here’s The Tender Coming
Often sung dotted as a 9/8
[|d2 d B2 d G2 A|B2 e e2 B d3|d3 B2 A G2 A|B2 d e2 B A3||
G2 f g2 g f2d|g2 e d2 B d3|G2 B g2 g f2 d|g2 e d2 B A3|]
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