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Playlist of Northern Neck Shanty Singers

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  • My Mother Told Me feat. Adam Chance | The Hound + The Fox

    2:12

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  • Learn Sea Songs: History, Origins and Resources on Shanty Music

    15:50

    Sea shanties are folk songs with a fascinating- and unexpected- history. What are their origins? How were they used on ships? How can you learn more about them? Check out this episode of Songs that Speak, where I introduce you to the wonderful world of sea songs and sea shanties, and leave you with lots of resources to learn more!

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    *LYRICS*
    And a drop of Nelson’s blood wouldn’t do us any harm (3x)
    And we’ll all hang on behind

    CHORUS
    And we’ll roll the old chariot along
    We’ll roll the olden chariot along
    We’ll roll the old chariot along
    And we’ll all hang on behind

    And a nice glass of whiskey wouldn’t do us any harm (3x)
    And we’ll all hang on behind

    CHORUS

    If my father will go, he shall wear a starry crown (3x)
    And we’ll all hang on behind

    CHORUS (2x)

    *CREDITS*
    Writer and Producer: Saro Lynch-Thomason
    Singer and Editorial Advice: Nicole Singer,
    Script Editor: Ben Fink
    Editorial Advice: Rochelle Hudson

    SHANTY RESOURCE LIST
    Many thanks to Nicole Singer, who compiled this list to help singers interested in shanties learn more. This is just a sampling of a more extensive list. To get the full list, message Saro at songspeaksaro@gmail.com.

    Calendar of online singing events, including chantey sings, pub sings, ballad swaps, and more (note time zones!):

    Go Sailing:
    Flagship Niagara League:
    The Sloop Clearwater and sister ships:
    Call of the Sea:

    Festivals:
    Chantey Blast (CT, January)
    Youth Traditional Song Weekend (MA, January)
    Chicago Maritime Festival (IL, February)
    New England Folk Festival Association’s annual festival (MA, April)
    Mystic Seaport Museum’s Sea Music Festival (CT, June)
    Portsmouth Maritime Festival (NH, September)
    New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival (MA, September)
    Raise the Rafters - new event! (WA, November)

    Musicians and Groups informed by maritime experience:
    The Johnson Girls, Bennett Konesni, Bob Walser, Jeff Warner, Geoff Kaufman, Craig Edwards, A.J. Wright, David Coffin, The Boarding Party, Ken Schatz, The Northern Neck Chantey Singers, Georgia Sea Island Singers, Ellen Cohn, Celeste Bernardo, Don Sineti, The Barrouallie Whalers

    MORE CREDITS
    *Sources:
    “Sea Chanteys and Sailors’ Songs: An Introduction for Singers and Performers, and a Guide for Teachers and Group Leaders,” by Stuart M. Frank (Sharon, MA: Kendall Whaling Museum, 2000)
    “Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman” by William M. Doerflinger (Glenwood, IL: Meyerbooks, 1972)
    “A Deep Dive into Sea Shanties” by Stephen Winick,
    “‘Screwing Cotton by the Day:’ Multiracial Labor and Musicking on the 19th-Century American Waterfront,” by Gibb Schreffler, 2019
    “Twentieth Century Editors and the Re-envisioning of Chanties: A Case Study of “Lowlands [Away],” by Gibb Schreffler, 2012
    “‘A Favorite African Tune’”: Rowing Songs, Corn Songs, and Other Inland Sources of the “Sea” Chanty Genre,” by Gibb Schreffler, 2015
    “A Statement, During the January 2021 #ShantyTok Trend,” by Gibb Schreffler, 2021

    *Images & Film:
    Many images provided by New York Public Library Digital Collections, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives, FreeIMG.net and Picryl.com
    “Man’s Viral Sea Shanty on TikTok Lands Him a Record Deal” by TODAY
    “Postman-turned-Tikok star Nathan Evans talks about his viral path to fame” by GMA
    “Quarantinewhile: Stephen Colbert Predicted the TikTok Sea Shanty Craze” by CBS
    “King Elizabeth’s Speech,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, by Disney
    “The Shadow of the Mainsail,” 1932 Etching by Arthur Briscoe, The British Museum
    “The Capstan,” 1925 Etching by Arthur Briscoe, The British Museum
    “Walking up the Topsail,” 1931 Etching by Arthur Briscoe, The British Museum
    “Four men on rigging folding sails,” 1931 Etching by Arthur Briscoe, The British Museum
    “The Banjo Player” by William Sidney Mount, The Long Island Museum
    “The Well Known Packet Ship…” by Alberto
    The Noble Fisher-Man. Or, Robin Hood's preferment (1685-1695?) [Euing 302]
    Wave vector created by Starline

    *Music & Sounds:
    “Contrarian” by Blue Dot Sessions
    “Sliabh- Cathal” by Aislinn
    Pop noise by Vilkas Sound,
    Chime noise by Mattleschuck
    Foghorn noise by Phonoflora
    Seagulls and waves by Nachtmahrtv

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  • Yelawolf - Lets Roll ft. Kid Rock

    3:58

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  • Kid Rock - Redneck Paradise feat. Hank Williams Jr. Remix Official Music Video

    5:20

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    Kid Rock is a singer renowned for his hit songs “Picture,” “Only God Knows Why,” “All Summer Long,” “Born Free,” “Cowboy,” “Redneck Paradise,” and “First Kiss.” He worked with artists like Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, Run DMC and T.I. — amassing billions of global streams and receiving international acclaim.

    Lyrics:
    I like moonshine whiskey
    I like home made wine
    I don’t look for greener grass
    Home grown suits me just fine
    Welcome to my shanty
    Drop by anytime
    I bet you’ll like my Redneck Paradise

    Redneck Paradise
    It’s a hole in the wall kinda small but the people are real nice
    And folks in here they’s free and clear
    To drink beer and dance all night, that’s right
    And no one’s uptight in Redneck Paradise

    Now I might get a little tipsy
    I might be past my prime
    But pour some Jim Beam whiskey
    And I’ll show you a real big time
    You don’t need reservations
    Drop by anytime
    The sun is shinin’ in Redneck Paradise

    And the things we like don’t cost a lot of money
    Good foot stompin’ music gets us by
    Measure up our wealth in friends and family
    We’re gonna hit them honky tonks tonight

    Down in Redneck Paradise
    It’s a hole in the wall kinda small just look for the red light
    And have no fear you’re free and clear to get wild and rock all night
    We don’t bite
    Cuz we get down right in Redneck Paradise

    Down in Redneck Paradise
    It’s a hole in the wall kinda small but the people are real, real nice
    And when you’re here you’re free and clear to do what most ever you like, all night
    So rock on through to Redneck Paradise

    Down in Redneck Paradise
    It’s a hole in the wall kinda small but the people are real nice
    And when you’re here you’re free and clear to drink beer and dance all night, that’s right
    Cuz no one’s uptight in Redneck Paradise
    So rock on through to Redneck Paradise

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  • NOTHING ELSE MATTERS by STEVE´N´SEAGULLS

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  • Vol. 8 - Compilation of Vocal-Only Sea Shanties -

    40:21

    I am proud to present a selection of traditional sea shanties from the upcoming album by Canadian singer-songwriter Jesse Ferguson. What I found most impressive about these recordings, is that he performed and recorded all the vocal harmonies himself.

    I highly recommend subscribing to Jesse's YouTube channel, where you can find videos of him performing the different shanties during the recording process. Songs from his previous albums can also be found on Spotify.





    I have added lyrics if you would like to sing along, which you can view by activating 'Subtitles/CC'.

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    _= Tracklist - (with timestamps) =_

    Greenland Whale Fisheries - (0:00)

    General Taylor (ft. Bill Toner) - (3:14)

    Hangin’ Johnny - (6:30)

    Old Billy Riley - (8:16)

    Bully in the Alley - (10:12)

    Santiana - (13:19)

    Randy Dandy-O - (16:16)

    Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmate - (18:58)

    Drunken Sailor - (22:14)

    Roll the Old Chariot - (23:46)

    Sally Brown - (26:08)

    So Early in the Morning - (27:52)

    Donkey Riding - (30:01)

    Strike at the Whale - (32:18)

    Eliza Lee - (35:08)

    Leave Her, Johnny - (37:00)

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  • Jim Mageean and Johnny Collins at Wokum Festival Sea

    7:19

    John Cherokee, Johnson Girls, Shawnee Town!

  • The Librarian and The Banjo

    56:05

    The inspiring true story of Dena Epstein, a music librarian who wrote the book on slave music, proving that Africans brought to the New World carried a rich musical culture, including an instrument that evolved into the banjo.

    Mrs. Epstein labored 25 years to document the musical contributions of African slaves to the New World. Her work, now considered classic, shattered legends and myths, proved that the banjo was a slave instrument, and sparked a remarkable revival of black string ban music.

    Features: the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck, Eric Weissberg, Tony Trishchka and many other banjo scholars and musicians.

    Accompanied by a banjo soundtrack of many styles played on the full range of historical banjo instruments.

    Anyone with an interest in banjo music, American music history, libraries and librarians, will enjoy this film.

    The full DVD with bonus chapters on gourd banjos, minstrel banjos, African slave abductions, and the use of the banjo in music education, is available for mail order at

    You may watch the trailer, and two bonus tracks free here on Youtube, at these links:
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  • Hooks and Crookes - Johnson GIrls

    49

    Hooks and Crookes performing Johnson Girls at the 2011 Waterford Tall Ships Festival.

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  • Northern Neck Chantey Singers

    8:17

    The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase 2011 at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. For more visit

  • Wont You Help Me to Raise Em - Northern Neck Chantey Singers

    7:55

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers demonstrate how to haul in a net while singing Won't You Help Me to Raise 'Em at the Mystic Sea Music Festival on June 12, 2011.

  • The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - menhaden fishing chanteys

    8:31

    June 13 & 14, 2015, Mystic Seaport.

    Excerpts:
    1) “Won’t You Help Me to Raise ‘Em”
    2) “Mama Liza Jane”
    3) “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Help Me To Raise Um

    4:46

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Introduction to the Northern Neck Chantey Singers

    16:19

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers are the only currently active group of ex- menhaden fishermen presenting the chanteys that used to be sung in that trade in the middle of the 20th century. They performed at Mystic Seaport 13-14 June 2015, at the 36th Annual Sea Music Festival. On Saturday afternoon, they took some time to interact with festival-goers for a Q&A session. The warmth of their interaction with guests was palpable.

    Here is a slice of their introductions of themselves and their careers.

  • Going Back to Weldon - Craig Edwards and the Northern Neck Chantey Singers

    2:23

    “Going Back to Weldon” is a song best known to the world through the repertoire of the now-defunct Menhaden Chanteymen of Beaufort, North Carolina. Under the auspices of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, this group of ex-fishermen, who once sang chanties during their labor, formed to present their repertoire to audiences in 1989. Their 1990 cassette recording included “Weldon,” and subsequent performances at places like Mystic Seaport helped to disseminate their songs amongst aficionados of maritime music.

    The present performance took place during a session with another ex-fishermen’s group, The Northern Neck Chantey Singers of Virginia, on 13 June, 2015, during the Mystic Sea Music Festival. Though “Weldon” is not officially a part of their repertoire, the Virginia men invited event coordinator (and local Mystic musician and chantyman) Craig Edwards to lead this menhaden chantey” that was known to be in his repertoire.

    There was a transformative moment in this performance where Edwards was presumably about to sing lyrics learned from the North Carolina men, but the Virginia men effortlessly swapped a few words in a way that created a much clearer, albeit different, message.

    In the N.C. version (at least according to their cassette’s liner notes), the lines go:
    The Captain's got a Luger, Luger, Luger / And the mate’s got a owl head [type of pistol]”
    Whereas here the men sing,
    “The Captain’s got a new girl, new girl, new girl / And the mate’s got his eye on her

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Remember Me

    2:37

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Northern Neck Chantey Singers -- Liza Jane

    1:03

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers singing Little Liza Jane at the 2007 Urbanna Oyster Festival.

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Drinking Of The Wine

    3:01

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - Walter Askew and The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Johnson Girls

    1:44

    Walter Salty Walt Askew and The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Mule On The Mountain

    3:26

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

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  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Every Mail Day

    2:33

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - All Hands led by The Northern Neck Chantey Singers-Sweet Rose Anna

    3:34

    All Hands led by The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - The Northern Neck Chantey Singers - Mama Liza Jane

    5:19

    The Northern Neck Chantey Singers (James Carter, Edward Taylor, Lloyd Hill, Joseph Wood Jr. and Elton Smith, Jr.) performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Hyde Street Chantey Sing - Santiago

    38

    snippet of a song sung below deck on the Balclutha, June 4, 2011

  • Grandy, Memore, Sea Chanteys

    13:31

    My grandparents singing in 1955. My grandfather was an Admiral in the Navy and was in the Pacific during WW II

  • The Chantey Sing aboard the Baclutha at the Hyde Street Pier

    3:43

    Last night was great fun, with some excellent singers. This is the monthly first Saturday evening Chantey Sing aboard the Baclutha located at the Hyde Street Pier, a part of our National Parks System. The event is free, but you have to RSVP. It's a great time and the only way to view the ship in the evening, mainly.

  • Hurrah for the Blackball Line - halyard chantey w/ Peter Kasin

    2:46

    Peter Kasin, a guest performer at Mystic Seaport's Sea Music Festival 2010, leads the chantey, Hurrah for the Blackball Line, at the main topsail halyards on the small ship Joseph Conrad.

    The entries for this chanty in my Shanties of the Seven Seas Project are here:


  • Leaver Larkey - Chanty Jonathan Pazer and Lark Camp Chanty Singers - Sum09

    5:36

    This is a Sea Chanty that I wrote two summers ago at Lark Camp, about Lark Camp. I had great help from all my friends singing it to the entire camp on the last day of camp as the last act of the Lark Camp Talent Show. It's sung to the tune of the popular Chanty Leav'er Johnny Leav'er. I learned the chanty itself at Mystic Seaport, in Mystic Connecticut. a great whaling and old time American life, living Museum. It was my first introduction to chantys being sung while doing shipboard work...

    Larkcamp is a wonderful place. It's certainly one of the few places where you can teach everyone the chorus of a song and get the chorus sung back at you in four part harmony. In fact having a Larkcamp Talent show is sort of a misnomer. There is more talent at camp than you can imagine! So I'm pretty sure they didn't put me in the Talent show for my singing talent, I guess Mickey just liked the words when he read them....

    Next Year in Lark!

    JNP

  • Chantey Sing at the Hyde Street Pier

    11:33

    Chantey Sing at the Hyde Street Pier on the Balclutha, June 1,2013

  • Hastings Shanty Singers

    3:21

    Elizabeth Porter singing Load em & Stack em Sea Shanty

  • Bowline Haul by Eagle Alley

    4:01

    A version of the traditional sea shanty 'Haul on the Bowline' a 'short haul' or 'short drag' shanty. These lyrics were collected in the Bahamas in the 1930's, though it is believed that the original shanty may be nigh on 500 years old.


    The song is performed by Eagle Alley, a three part acapella harmony ensemble comprising Rob Winder, Anne Gregson and Chris Timson, and was recorded on their second album See You When The Sun Goes Down, a collection of shanties and sea songs. Available for download from:
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    Email:- rob@eaglealley.co.uk (or chris@... or anne@...)

  • Yangtze River Shanty

    2:46

    Finn & Haddie performing at South St Seaport 12/2008 singing Yangtze River Shanty, words by Hamish MacLaren's from his book Sailor with Banjo, c 1930 music by Charlie Ipcar

  • FSGW Getaway 2009 Barry Finn sings The Banks of the Callow

    5:00

    From the Irish workshop in the Nature Center. David Ingerson listening.

  • Shanty #2

    2:33

    Still two brothers. Still singing songs about simpler times and life on the sea. But hey, they're good at it.

  • Mlynn99

    2:39

    Shanties band from Chicago

  • Saltpeter Shanty

    2:49

    Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

    Saltpeter Shanty · Bounding Main

    Kraken Up

    ℗ 2011 Bounding Main

    Released on: 2011-01-16

    Auto-generated by YouTube.

  • My first ever LIVEstream! Q&A and live performance of 2 new songs - August 2021

    58:11

    Let's see if I've figured this technology out! Join me for a relaxed, come-what-may Livestream where I answer viewer questions and a live performance of two new relyriced songs on my guitar for you, all while day breaks here in New Zealand.

    Grab a drink, make yourself comfortable and I hope you enjoy hanging out together with me!

    Notes added after the livestream:
    - Remember to send me your pet photos! My email is on my About page - or use my facebook page, also linked there. I'll put them together for a fun video.
    - If you're brave enough, lipsync, air guitar or dance along to as much or as little of 'I Love Getting Old' (my version of I Love Rock 'n Roll) and send it to me! I can't use the original video any more, so want to make one of lots of YOU performing! Details and lyrics here:

    Thanks to all who participated in the live stream - it was so much fun!

    Lyrics to the two songs I sang:

    HAND HYGIENE (STAND BY ME)
    Got to scratch your bum
    Pat dogs at the park
    Blow balloons - right after you’ve had a wee
    Do not be blasé
    When picking dirt from your graze
    Don’t go wrong - wash your hands, keep them clean

    Oh, Darlin, darlin - Hand hygiene
    Oh, keep them clean
    Wash hands
    Make them gleam, hand hygiene

    Dying fly that you just shooed on
    Hand rails at the mall
    Or those mountains of used tissues and money
    To the eye, naked eye
    It just looks like nothing there
    But look closer, you will not like what you see

    Oh, Darlin, darlin - Hand hygiene
    Oh, keep them clean
    Wash hands
    Make them gleam, hand hygiene

    Darlin, darlin - Hand hygiene
    Oh, keep them clean
    Wash hands
    Make them gleam, hand hygiene

    When you sweet puppy licks you think of hand hygiene
    Oh, keep them clean
    Wash hands
    Make them gleam, hand hygiene
    Wash your hands now,
    Hand hygiene,
    Hand hygiene

    GREEN LEAVES (GREENSLEEVES)
    Alas, dear plants, I do you wrong.
    To kill you off so discourteously
    Forget to water you for so long
    Should not be in my custody

    Green leaves? I give them blight
    Green leaves? Not in my household
    Green leaves come apart, destroyed
    I’ve got no green fingers, poor leaves

    A herbicidal maniac
    I send all plants to an early grave
    The best intentions to till the land
    But instead they get drought and heatwave

    Green leaves? I can’t get it right
    Green leaves? Never get too old
    Green leaves - something I avoid
    I’ll stick with the grocer for beans

    The hardiest, hard to kill cacti
    Have met their match and succumbed to me
    I either place them in little light
    Or water them too generously

    Green leaves? Given up the fight
    Green leaves? Wither or get mould
    Green leaves - now I’m paranoid
    I’ve got no green fingers, poor leaves

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  • Shanty Jack, Down upon the dockside

    1:51

    Shanty Jack at Ellesmere Port, Maritime Festival, 2012 (

  • Shantycrew Buitenboord 1

    2:37

    Internationaal Shantyfestival Leeuwarden.
    23-08-2008

  • Joe Rosato Jr.s Emmy winning video - 1st Saturday Shanty Sing At Hyde St Pier San Francisco

    3:37

    Every 1st Saturday, Historic Ships Come Alive With Shanty Singing At Hyde St Pier San Francisco.

    By Joe Rosato, Jr.- NBC Bay Area

    This 2016 video won an Emmy Award in 2017

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  • Short Drag Roger - River Thames Shanty

    3:16

    Oxfordshire might be lacking a coast... but that's not stopped Short Drag Roger recording a special Sea Shanty for David Prever's Breakfast Club! ⛵️

    Listen to them on the show with David (about 1 hour 36 minutes in):

  • OlHands Shantymen met World of misery

    2:54

  • Nine Stories - Sea Shanty

    3:12

    Nine Stories en acústico en el Café&Pop Torgal de Ourense el 08/10/2010.

  • Summerfields Starboard Watch singing Roll the Cotton

    3:21

    The Summerfield Starboard Watch singing a black stevedore song from the docks and wharves of New Orleans. Beryl, Betty, Joyce and Antoinette give it a whirl. A great song that the audience loved to sing along to. Halloween night, October 31st, 2015. Join us on

  • HERIZON Chesapeake Bay

    2:44

    Music by Tim Condon.
    Video by Aaron Condon.
    Filmed in South Carolina & Virginia.
    Fall, 2010.

  • 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival - Walter Salty Walt Askew - The Old Virginia Lowlands

    3:35

    Walter Salty Walt Askew performing at the 2008 Chicago Maritime Festival held February 23, 2008 at the Chicago History Museum

  • Sweet Roseanna

    2:48

    Under the name of Bright Light Quartet, four men - Shedrick Cain, James Campbell, Arnold Fisher, and Laurence Hodge - performed a number of songs for Alan Lomax (recordist) in 1960. The men were (had been?) menhaden fishermen, from Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay.

    One rendition of Sweet Roseanna was sung like this - as a chantey. They sang it in simulation of the work task, which involved hauling up seine nets by hand. The pulls came after each refrain, during a pause in singing, which was filled with encouraging and joking banter.

    (I thought it would be absurd for me to simulate the banter, so I replaced it with the stevedore's grunt.)

    A few other renditions were sung by the Quartet in continuous meter, with a bye bye grand chorus, and guitar accompaniment — giving more of a popular song feel.

    It was one of these renditions, evidently that, after commercial release, was adopted by many others in the Folk and Sea Music movements. This German shantychor example offers, perhaps, one of the more extreme contrasts from the working version that I am attempting to sing.


    The chantey is related to the Caribbean family of Lucy Anna chanties, i.e.

  • North Atlantic Squadron - MacLean & MacLean

    3:24

    This is perhaps the best known old Canadian military tune. There is a clean version by Stompin Tom Connors but this is the only version that most closely matches the lyrics we sang when I was in the Air Force. MacLean & MacLean has this on their Toilet Rock album. They were Maritimers that were popular at the Toronto clubs The Chimney & El Mocambo during the late 1970's & early 1980's, when I was with the Air Reserve at Downsview. Photos are courtesy of Paul Lamar & Russ Brown, two other alumni. Per Ardu Ad Astra.

  • The Keelers Reuben Ranzo at The Sage

    2:01

    The Keelers perform the shanty Reuben Ranzo at the Sage Gateshead as part of the SummerTyne festival.

  • Geoff Kaufman Workshop - African Roots of Sea Chanteys - Part 2

    6:57

    Sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York

    Part of the talk by Geoff Kaufman- sea chanteys were used to create a rhythm for working on the ship. Crew normally sang the chorus.

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