The Keenly Lode


The Keenly Lode


This one of the few dialect songs that Baring Gould recorded and published. He was given
this song by an old miner n the Lugger Inn, Fowey in 1894 But reconstructed it for publication. It is clearly based on William Bentick Forfar’s “The Bal – tis a Bra’Keenly Lode”published circa 1860 and subject to the “folk process” in transmission from the original to Baring Gould’s miner and subsequent publication in Songs of the West. It enjoyed a wide public audience in the BBC’s second Poldark series, broadcast in October 2016, when Judd lead a pub singing session in celebration of the success of Wheal Grace.



The Keenly Lode

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“The Keenly Lode,” An Daras, accessed July 5, 2022,

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