Harry Upton was born in 1900 in Hove, Sussex. His father, Frank, from whom he learned most of his songs, was a shepherd from West Blatchington and must have been born c.1865 and, to Harry's knowledge, had been a shepherd on the South Downs all his life. By the time he was 13, Harry had left school and was working as his father's shepherd boy. He worked with his father for about five years and then left to become a carter, working with horses on the Dyke Hills, beyond Brighton. Harry worked with horses until his marriage in 1927 when he moved to Balcombe to work as a tractor driver, a job that was to last for 40 years.
This CD contains almost all of the songs he let Mike Yates record - including Canadee-I-O and The Wreck of the Northfleet.