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Classic Maritime Music from Smithsonian Folkways

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Roll Alabama Roll (The Alabama)
Artist: The X Seamen’s Institute
3:02
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Shenandoah
Artist: The X Seamen’s Institute
3:29
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Clear the Track and Let the Bullgine Roll
Artist: Sam Eskin
1:35
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Greenland Whale Fisheries
Artist: Stuart Gillespie
2:14
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Paddy Doyle’s Boots
Artist: Alan Mills and the Shantymen
0:39
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The Black Ball Line
Artist: The Foc’sle Singers
1:02
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The Sloop John B.
Artist: The Dicey Doh Singers
2:12
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Tommy's Gone to Hilo
Artist: Stuart M. Frank
1:01
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Lord Franklin
Artist: The Gold Ring
2:15
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The Handsome Cabin Boy
Artist: Stuart Gillespie
2:26
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Rio Grande
Artist: The Foc’sle Singers
2:47
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Run Come See
Artist: The X Seamen’s Institute
2:44
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Ten Penny Bit (Instrumental)
Artist: Ellen Cohn
1:31
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South Australia
Artist: Stan Hugill
3:07
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Haul Away Joe
Artist: Leadbelly
2:52
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Blood Red Roses
Artist: Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, A.L. Lloyd and Chorus
1:37
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All for Me Grog
Artist: Louis Killen, Jeff and Gerrett Warner and Fud Benson
3:07
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Haul on the Bowline
Artist: The Foc’sle Singers
1:21
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Bully in the Alley
Artist: Morrigan
1:43
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Chesapeake Born
Artist: Tom and Mark Wisner
4:17
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A Hundred Years on the Eastern Shore
Artist: Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, A.L. Lloyd and Chorus
1:53
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Dredgin' is My Drudgery
Artist: Tom and Mark Wisner
2:30
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Liverpool Judies (Instrumental)
Artist: Stuart M. Frank
1:09
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Santiano
Artist: The X Seamen’s Institute, Lou Killen and Stan Hugill
1:46
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Reuben Ranzo
Artist: The X Seamen’s Institute
1:29
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The Girls Around Cape Horn
Artist: Tom Goux and Jacek Sulanowski
2:22
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Adieu My Lovely
Artist: Nancy Morrigan
2:23
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The Dreadnaught
Artist: Tom Sullivan
3:31
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Married to a Mermaid
Artist: Tom Goux and Jacek Sulanowski
1:34
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Boney
Artist: The X-Seamen’s Institute
1:10
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Homeward Bound/The Old Slipper Shoe (Instrumental)
Artist: Tom Sullivan
1:56
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Homeward Bound
Artist: Stuart M. Frank
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Total Tracks: 32   Total Length: 69:15

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Sea Chantey essentials

ACJones0112358

This compilation features a mixture of authentic shantymen, like Stan Hugil, and folk musicians who are great at Sea music or have had experience working on ships or boats, or just experience with work songs. It is a nice balance. Many of the songs are essentials to learn if you plan to sing sea shanties, Foc'sle songs and other Maritime songs. Some are sung a capella, some with instruments, some solo, some in groups. Some versions are ones you might not find anywhere else. After you have listened to this, I recommend that you compile a list of the artists' names and search eMusic for them to find other Maritime albums. If you try clicking on the names listed to the right, many of the links will not work, even though the artists do have albums available in eMusic.

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Great!

RoJ

Folkways does it again! This is a great collection of maritime songs. I enoy them all.

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They Say All Music Guide

Smithsonian Folkways has a long and distinguished reputation as champions of the maritime tradition, and the long overdue reissue of the 32 tracks on their Classic Maritime Music compilation is a wonder to behold. None of the records that these songs originally appeared on is in print, and the compilers have done a commendable job at choosing representative tracks from the large array of artists whose work has graced many a turntable over the course of the last 60 years. Opening the set are two cuts from New York’s South Street Seaport Museum troubadours, the X-Seamen’s Institute, a collective whose repertoire was as impressive in size as in execution, and whose several records for Folkways have been long sought after by collectors. Their version of “Shenandoah” is among the most beautiful ever recorded, and the fact that they appear four more times on the collection is a testament to their well-earned place alongside seafaring heavyweights like Lou Killen and Cyril Tawney. Also notable is the inclusion of three tracks from the Foc’sle Singers, a seafaring supergroup of sorts that included Paul Clayton and Dave Van Ronk, who released one of the genre’s finest recordings, Foc’sle Songs and Shanties, in 1959. By focusing on the medium’s excellent musicianship and clever vocal arrangements, contributions from the Bahamas-based Dicey Doh Singers (“Sloop John B.”) and instrumentals from Ellen Cohen (“Ten-Penny Bit”) and Tom Sullivan (“Homeward Bound/The Old Slipper Shoe”) help to dispel the notion that all sea shanties were merely work songs with a call and response. Excellent tracks by everyone from “salty dogs” like Ewan MacColl to Leadbelly, whose version of the Atlantic sailing shanty “Haul Away Joe” sees the bluesman adapting it to a Mississippi riverboat song, are wonderful windows into a world that’s sadly diminishing. As an introduction to the genre, Classic Maritime Music is indispensable, but as a beacon of hope for those who covet the recordings still lost at sea, it’s priceless. – James Christopher Monger

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