Rigby’s Encyclopaedia of the Herring

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HERRING’S HEAD

On the traditional song, collected across the British Isles, celebrating the ways the herring underpins everything of social importance

SINGING THE FISHING

Always at the forefront of documentary innovation, the herring swims through the great Radio Ballad of 1960

SHOALS OF HERRING, THE

Written for the BBC's Radio Ballads, a song by Ewan McColl which has entered the traditional music repertoire and is sung by many

A-Z Entries

ZULU

A compromise between the Fifie and the Scaffie, a boat with a popular design which didn't adapt well to the introduction of steam

ZUYDERZEE

Home to a once distinct population of inshore herrings lost to the dyke building tendencies of The Netherlands