The Old Grey Duck


The Old Grey Duck


The Old Grey Duck was published in Ralph Dunstan's in Cornish Dialect & Folk Songs, Ralph Dunstan, Cornish Dialect and Folk Songs, (Truro, Jordan's Bookshop, 1932) where he says “This song is known in all parts of West Cornwall, and is sung to various tunes – mostly well-known hymn-tunes. Verses 2 and 3 are reconstructed from fragments.” Here the tune is shared with the carol ‘The Seven Joys of Mary.’ It is also related to the dance tune "Forty Thieves" from the Manuscript of John Old, Cornish Dancing Master (Mike O'Connor and Alison Davey, Dancing Above Par, Lyngham House, 2006)



The Old Grey Duck

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“The Old Grey Duck,” An Daras, accessed July 5, 2022,

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