Richard Adrianowicz | Time Ashore Is Over

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Time Ashore Is Over

by Richard Adrianowicz

Traditional sea shanties (work songs from the days of wind driven ships) and sea songs.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Heave Away Cheerily, O!
3:00 album only
2. Away Susanna!
3:19 album only
3. The Apprentice Boy
2:43 album only
4. The Grimsby Lads
4:20 album only
5. Hooker John
1:50 album only
6. The Ocean Queen
3:09 album only
7. Saltpetre Shanty
2:34 album only
8. Bound to Australia
5:05 album only
9. Billy O'shea
2:45 album only
10. Firing the Mauritania
2:30 album only
11. Jackie Tar
2:53 album only
12. Roller Bowler
3:26 album only
13. Ilo Man
2:26 album only
14. Morning Shanty
1:57 album only
15. Roll Boys Roll
2:10 album only
16. Time Ashore Is Over
3:35 album only


Album Notes
My interest in traditional music began in the early 70s. I was part of several groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best known of which was Out of the Rain. Out of the Rain did traditional and some contemporary songs from England, Ireland, & Scotland, performing in the Bay Area from about 1983-1996. We were probably best known for three-part a cappella singing although we did accompany ourselves as well (guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, bodhran, concertina, fiddle). The band recorded two studio cassettes, A Common Treasury and Song of the Wage Slave. A few years ago I also produced a cd of the band, With the Friends I Love Best which is a compilation of concert performances over the years. It is comprised of songs and tune sets not found on the two cassettes.

For the past few years I have been concentrating on nautical music. I am one of the regular shanty singers at San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier, which just celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the monthly shanty sings held aboard either the schooner C.A. Thayer or the square-rigger Balclutha. Hyde Street Pier is part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. I've just released Time Ashore is Over, a new CD of sea shanties and sea songs which features a chorus of singers from Hyde Street Pier. Sea shanties were the work songs of sailors in the days of wind driven ships. They were used to coordinate the hoisting of sails, general hauling, and work at the capstan (raising the anchor), among others shipboard duties.

I was inspired and influenced by Jon Bartlett who I first heard singing shanties at the San Diego Folk Festival back around 1975 or so. I was also greatly influenced by the late Stan Hugill (1906-1992) who was an actual shanty singer aboard sailing ships. I had the good fortune to meet him and hear him sing at his many appearances at the annual Festival of the Sea at San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier.

I've gotten good responses for Time Ashore is Over. It is available in the UK through the Chantey Cabin website in England and portions of the recording will be used for an online Moby Dick course soon be offered by Stanford University in California. This recording has become one of the best selling albums at the maritime store at Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco.

I now sing in a nautical duet with Peter Kasin. In 2005 we released our first album together, Boldly from the Westward and in 2006 we released a second album, Cast Off Each Line. A third album, With Shipmates All Round, will be released in 2008.

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Mitch Gordon

one of the best traditional vocal albums I've bought in some time
(From the September/October 2002 issue of "The Folknik", The newsletter of the San Francisco Folk Music Club, Volume 38, Number 5.)

RICHARD ADRIANOWICZ: Time Ashore is Over. Shanties and Sea Songs Featuring a
Chorus of Singers from San Francisco's Hyde Street Pier, 415-664-2858

I'm pleased to say that this first solo release from the Folk Club's own Richard Adrianowicz is one of the best traditional vocal albums I've acquired in some time. It's partly a collection of true working shanties and partly of sea-faring-related songs, some old, some recent. Everything is sung without accompaniment, other than Ricky Rackin's concertina on two tracks and Peter Kasin's fiddle on one other. Richard's singing is good, and strikes a tone more contemplative than that of the typical boisterous male shanty singer, although there's a goodly armload of them to be had on the shanty choruses. Even better than Richard's solo singing and chorusing with the Hyde Street Pier guys is the gorgeous three-part harmony on three tracks with the women - his old band, Out of the Rain (reunited in the studio for this album for the first time in what must be at least ten years, and they're certainly been missed).

Richard's choices of material are excellent, managing to steer clear of songs that are either too popular and oversung, or too folkloric. Collectively, they paint a more balanced picture of sea life than the manly stereotype of working, drinking, and whoring (although that's a part of it). There's also the longing for home and family, the drudgery and exhaustion, the brutality of some captains, the exploitation by bar owners and hookers, and the hope of creating a better life. My personal favorites are The Grimsby Lads, a very telling portrait of what life is like for Scottish trawler fishermen, Bound for Australia, a fond farewell to comrades in Ireland before starting anew, and Time Ashore is Over, an achingly tender farewell to the all-too-brief time onshore with the singer's love.

This album is marvelous work, and highly recommended. Great job, Richard.

Mitch Gordon