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« on: September 21, 2006, 11:01:54 PM »

I'm looking for more rocky or somewhat heavy maritime or seafaring songs. I have a lot of softer songs. I just got a bunch from  folkways and a few other sources. I make these seafaring compilations for my own pleasure, and I need a few more songs for the next one.  Here is my list. I'll start with FC so it related.

FC- Spanish Main, Polly, Sir Patrick Spens, Sir William Gower,

Jethro Tull- Whalers Dues, Queen and Country

Gentle Giant- The Wreck

Steeleye Span- Captain Coulstan, Fisherman's wife, All things are quite silent, Saucy Sailor

Silly Wizard- The Fisherman's Song

Stan Rogers- Fisherman's wharf, Maid on the shore, wreck of the athens queen, flowers of burmuda, the nancy, the idiot

Gordn Lightfoot- Wreck of the edmund Fitzgerald

Glen Yarborough- Pump Me boys, Liverpool Judies, Fiddler's Green

Great Big Sea- Drunken sailor, Rant and roar, Ise the Bye,

Swarbrick and Carthy- The Rainbow, Polly on the shore

Swarb has a bunch of stuff with the likes of A.L Loyd, Killin, etc -Hilo Johnny Brown, The bonney ship the diamond, but are not that heavy or hard. Still great songs.

Anyone have any suggestions?



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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2006, 12:19:14 AM »

You could try half of Bellowhead/Spires & Boden's output...

Old Maui, Boston Harbour, Fire Marengo, Across The Line and The Rambling Sailor should get you going.

There's also a rather good looking compilation called Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys
 which I may have to investigate...

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2006, 01:15:07 AM »

there are songs like Rolling home and the Bonnie ship the Dimond ye can try too

I'll have a look see if I can find them for ye

great songs and  easy to play

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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 01:19:02 AM »

http://www.musicanet.org/robokopp/scottish/thedimnd.htm


http://www.contemplator.com/sea/rolling.html


There ye go  those get folk  clapping

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006, 01:20:53 AM »

Have you heard 'Haul Away, Joe/Falmouth Packet' on the Show of Hands new CD 'Witness'?

Here's the mp3 sample: https://www.showofhands.co.uk/merchandisev2/witness/witness.html

Or what about the 'Bristol Slaver'?  MP3 here: https://www.showofhands.co.uk/merchandisev2/songbook/songbook.html

Or the song Tall Ships about the Cornish wreckers (the prologue is taken from a prayer from a New Englander)  and Armadas - both of which can be found here:

http://www.showofhands.co.uk/downloads/downloads.html

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2006, 06:29:46 AM »

"The Sea Captain" is my favourite sandy song and the title track of that album "The North Star Grassman and the Ravens". Another personal favourite "Lord Franklin" by Pentangle and Nic Jones has " The Little Pot Stove" and "The Humpback Whale".The obvious one for Fairport fans, their first excursion into folk rock "A Sailors Life". You wouldn't be going to far wrong with the Radio Ballad Singing the Fishing. Then I am pretty certain somewhere in my vinyl collection might be a topic album which has a maritime theme. Dick Miles provides a "Sailor Town" and I think he did an album "Cheating the Tide" which would probably produce more. "Canadee-I-0" - Nic Jones, Bob Dylan and the Duncan MacFarlan Band.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2006, 06:56:23 AM »

No one has mentioned FC - The Wounded Whale.
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2006, 07:43:30 AM »

... or Steeleye Span - Let her go down.

How diverse do you want ?

Jethro Tull - Aqualung

or, if the weather is bad - Led Zep - Sick Again

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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2006, 08:34:28 AM »

That Eliza Carthy & ratcatchers one when fair maid is on shore gets spotted by randy captain who burns pines etc finally gets her on his ship, she sings crew to sleep & makes off with the loot (that's my girl). Its a right good tune that is.

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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2006, 08:49:40 AM »

That Eliza Carthy & ratcatchers one when fair maid is on shore gets spotted by randy captain who burns pines etc finally gets her on his ship, she sings crew to sleep & makes off with the loot (that's my girl). Its a right good tune that is.

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That's called 'Maid on the Shore' funnily enough..There is also 'Bold Privateer' on Anglicana. Neither very 'rocky' though...
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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2006, 09:41:41 AM »

Steeleye Span's Edwin is about a sailor, and it certainly rocks.

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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2006, 10:10:13 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2006, 10:24:20 AM »

Great Big Sea's Rant and Roar is of course an adaptation of the traditional Farewell and Adieu to you Fair Spanish Ladies, from the FC canon (as it were) you could consider Wounded Whale.

I have heard some pretty rocky versions of South Australia and The Leaving of Liverpool as well.

Perhaps rather than looking for rocky seafaring songs you should just look for seafaring songs that can be rocked up a bit.

http://www.contemplator.com/sea might give you some ideas.

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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2006, 01:01:59 PM »

If language isn't an issue, you may want to try the following 'Tri Yann' album, dedicated entirely to matters of the sea:

http://edoll.free.fr/cd2003.html

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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2006, 05:11:04 PM »

That great Trees Song Polly on the Shore.
How about "Through out a line and dream" Ralph Mctell or Barges perhaps.
Waterboys - Fishermans Blues
The Levellers - The Boatman
Fare thee well my lovely nancy - Whippersnapper
The band i am in do a track called "The Wreck of the Eleanor"
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2006, 05:29:42 PM »

The Decembrists have a few interesting pirate songs. Any Gordon Bok albums from the Folkways catalog should yield a few numbers....(his new stuff is on Timberhead Music po box 840, Camden Maine 04843)you've a great list going!!
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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2006, 03:12:13 PM »

Has anyone mentioned Boots of Spanish Leather, by His Bobness?
It's been covered by quite a few, including Nanci Griffith, Joan Baez, Ralph McTell, and I have heard a version by a heavy rock band but no idea who they were.

And don't forget Seaside Shuffle, by Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.  Undecided
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2006, 04:50:35 PM »

Here's 4 from Warwick folk rockers Meet on The Ledge.

Norwegian Whaler
The Mary Stamford of Rye
Spanish Ships
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« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2006, 12:44:48 AM »


And don't forget Seaside Shuffle, by Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs.  Undecided


you beauty, ive just spent a week, since the stiff records nights on bbc4, trying to remember what group Jonah Lewie was in and of course it was Brett Marvin and the thunderbolts who became Terry and the dinos for seaside shuffle
 what a relief that is
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btw has no-one mentioned procol harum's "a salty dog" and i assume "whaling stories" by the same lot covers similar territory although i dont remember hearing it

and while i'm on a roll the mighty"Nantucket sleighride" by mountain is of both a seafaring, maritime and rocky nature
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2006, 02:04:08 AM »


and while i'm on a roll the mighty"Nantucket sleighride" by mountain is of both a seafaring, maritime and rocky nature


...great song, well remembered Jim

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