Folk Olympics: Part Time Entertainers And Raw Sewage

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Folk Olympics: Part Time Entertainers And Raw Sewage

A celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.

This week, songwriter Ruairidh Anderson starts on the final leg of this 10-month project to chronicle the history of the Olympic boroughs in song. In the first tale from Newham, he explores the worst London disaster of the industrial age: the sinking of the SS Princess Alice.

"It was a beautiful autumn evening in September 1878 when James Read Bilton left his house in West Ham, Newham with  his family, for a relaxing moonlit cruise aboard the SS Princess Alice..."

Lyrics can be found at shorttext.com/urrqtnjo0

For more free London-inspired songs visit www.songsfromthehowlingsea.com

Previously in Waltham Forest

Previously in Hackney

Previously in Greenwich

Previously in Tower Hamlets

Last Updated 25 June 2012