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The Female Muffin Man

from Howay The Lasses by Howay The Lasses

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  • A beautifully packaged and high quality printed album companion booklet presented with carefully curated artwork designed by Annie Ball. Against a backdrop of historical maps that relate to each character, each album companion comes with full information for our Howay The Lasses songs and stories. As you listen to the songs read about the background to each of the women or organisations we've written about, linger over the lyrics and find out more about how we came to collaborate together. The package also includes a A4 poster from our photoshoot for the project taken on location at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland.

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Miss Emily was a fine young lady in the time of men
Her Father’s self-made fortune gave her the best that money could buy
He determined she would marry into title and to wealth
But her heart belonged to Captain John of the Star of Whitley Bay

The captain’s love for her was strong returned with equal warmth
Her father in his rage confined Miss Emily to her room
She ran away to Newcastle a distance of some miles
Searched for captain john but he was nowhere to be found
Alas! The father sent him away and to London he was bound

Miss Emily took some lodgings in a dirty backstreet lane
She swapped her dresses sold her trinkets and searched for John in vain
She dressed herself in men’s attire black trousers, coat and hat
A tinkle of her bell would signal “Muffins are for sale!”

She worked the cobbled streets for years and never gave up hope
And she was known for her timidity, her fine and slender form
One day she walked into a local inn to sell her muffins there,
And who do you think was at the bar? Captain John himself!

Captain John knew Emily in spite of her disguise
They told each other of their plight and married in two days
They held on to their love despite the distance and the years
Miss Emily of Newcastle the Female Muffin Man!


from Howay The Lasses, released October 18, 2022
Written & Arranged by Annie Ball
Copyright © Annie Ball 2022
Tune written by Ian Lowthian used with permission


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Howay The Lasses Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

The North East of England is rich with the discoveries, achievements and successes of women from all strands of life - from writers, and reformers, to animators and engineers. Some stories are known to a degree - others not at all. Musicians Annie Ball, Katie Tertell, Bronwen Davies-Jones and Gareth Davies-Jones have teamed up on "Howay The Lasses" to tell them out loud through original song. ... more


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