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Maiden Voyage

by Bounding Main

This fun and delightful album is a dulcet bridge between contemporary music and traditional maritime music.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mingulay Boat Song
3:30 $0.99
2. Pump Shanty
2:37 $0.99
3. Fiddler's Green
2:52 $0.99
4. Pay Me, You Owe Me
2:16 $0.99
5. Sailor's Prayer
3:05 $0.99
6. Old Maui
2:55 $0.99
7. A Rovin' (Amsterdam Maid)
2:30 $0.99
8. Blow the Wind Southerly
1:59 $0.99
9. The Mermaid
4:31 $0.99
10. Derelict
3:33 $0.99
11. Leave Her, Johnnie
4:16 $0.99
12. Health to the Company
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Bounding Main is a crew of veteran environmental theater performers with the love of music and the sea in their blood. Performing together since 2003, they preserve the Elizabethan Sea Dog look in their costumes and gear, singing sea shanties and maritime ballads from 400 years ago through today. Bounding Main shows are filled with spirit, humor and harmony; their arrangements of traditional nautical music bring the listener into the world of pirates, adventure and romance.

This fun and delightful album is a dulcet bridge between contemporary music and traditional maritime music, preserving the traditional tunes but features arrangements and harmonies to please the modern ear. This is their second CD which includes both traditional and newly written maritime song with an infusion of fun.


We didn't put liner notes in the jewel case for Maiden Voyage, but if we had these would be them:

Mingulay Boat Song (Hugh S. Roberton)
We re-recorded this song for "Maiden Voyage." This song was arranged for all of us to use our strengths; men together, women together, duets and choruses. Paired into couples during the verses are Jon & Maggie, Dean & Christie and David & Gina. We added a round near the end, just because we could and it sounded nice. We frequently hear reactions to this song like the one below and it makes us very happy and proud.

"I was listening to your CD in the car with my husband and we got through the first song when he hijacked the CD player and said, " I want to hear it again!" (and again and again . . .) Just thought you'd like to know.

"Someday I'll play the second song for him!"

— Jessica Don
Lead singer for Seelie Court

Pump Shanty (Tony Goodenough)
Tony Goodenough wrote "Pump Shanty" and performed it with The Shanty Crew. This song was introduced to us via Pint & Dale at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. William and Felicia came to Bristol Faire via their friend, Kat Eggleston. Tony recently wrote to us with his blessings for us to use his piece. Filled with double-entendres the song is fun on all levels, and the rhythm gives you a feeling for the nature of the work aboard a tall ship.

Fiddler's Green (John Conolly)
Dean sings to the concertina accompaniment of our friend David HB Drake. This song has long been a favorite of Dean's and it was an honor for him to perform it for Bounding Main.

The version that we sing has evolved from the original, both to accommodate the Renaissance motif (jumpers were sweaters invented no earlier than the 1800's, for instance) and through simple folk-song /renaissance faire mutations.

"Ahoy, Bounding Main ! have just discovered your website and have been enjoying listening to your version of my song 'Fiddler's Green' . . ."

- John Connolly
Legendary Folk Musician

Pay Me, You Owe Me
Jon goes wild on this piece! We had so much fun recording this song, adding voices and percussion to the background. David HB Drake stepped in and gave us a hand with castanets while Dean shook the tambourine, Pretty Boy David knocked sticks, Maggie struck some other wooden objects together and Christie added her virtuoso kazoo, while Gina lead us in the chorus.

Sailor's Prayer (Rod MacDonald)
Rod MacDonald's song was re-recorded for this CD. This was a ballad of strength and unity with a marvelous chorus. Rod was kind enough to grant us permission to use this song, and we put our own touch to this piece. Previously arranged by Jon Krivitzky for his efforts with Mosaic Whispers, the arrangement that we performed was influenced by his earlier work and also flavors acquired by versions performed at local renaissance faires. We really enjoyed this arrangement and we hope you do, too!

Old Maui
Another manly tune sung by David Yondorf. His amazing voice propels you along on this journey between icy north waters and the bliss of the tropics. Jon's arrangements for the accompaniment are very beautiful.

A Rovin' (Amsterdam Maid)
We added this song to the CD at the last minute. This is normally one of our audience participation pieces, but with Maggie's help it became a fun piece here, too. The version compiled by Stan Hugill had so many verses it could go on for days! Dean shortened the verses to accommodate the size of our group and put in a definitive closing line.

Blow the Wind Southerly (John Stobbs)
Maggie discovered this song and brought it to Bounding Main. This is an amazingly sweet tune that our girls have down to a science of harmony. Maggie's heartfelt performance speaks for the wives of the men who work at sea. Gina and Christie's beautiful accompaniment makes this song a treasure. It is not to be missed.

The Mermaid
This is another favorite around the Bristol Renaissance Faire crowd. It has an audience participation piece in the chorus for "Ocean Waves Do Roll" and "Stormy Winds Do Blow." Let the Bounding Mainiacs, our stalwart fans, show you how! We did a version of this song on "Casting Off," but re-recorded it for "Maiden Voyage."

Derelict (Young E. Alison)
Everyone loves pirates, and what better song than Derelict to give an audience all of the expected "Yo-ho-ho's" that they long to hear? David Yondorf's amazing voice carries all of us through this piece. Maggie never fails to be amazed that David has never sung professionally before working with Bounding Main. Heather Lewin's fiddle helps us turn this song into an appropriately spooky piece. The arrangement for this song is our own, but we were inspired by The Jolly Rogers' "Yo Heave Ho" in the last verse and it fit well with our background vocals. This song was re-recorded for "Maiden Voyage."

Leave Her, Johnnie
Leave Her, Johnnie is homeward-bound shanty and is normally sung by the men preparatory to landing. It is an opportunity for the crew to complain about the officers, the food, the ship, the pay and fellow sailors. We arranged Leave Her, Johnnie to be the voice of the women waiting for their sailor men to return to them — a Calling Home Shanty, if you will. We think we may well have turned this into a love song! This is one of our most popular pieces, which we newly recorded for this CD.

"When Bounding Main sang "Leave Her, Johnnie" it darn near brought me to tears — and the rest of the set was just as good."

— D. Keith
Bristol Renaissance Faire Patron

Health to the Company
This song was recently selected for the closing of the Bristol Renaissance Faire, replacing Jerry Spurlock's "Bring on the Starlight".

"This is a traditional Irish/Scottish parting song. It's common to the Canadian Maritimes, too." — From the Cantarea web site.

Sea shanties are sometimes called sea chanties. The singular is sea shanty or sea chanty.



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Triskel in Florida

Balanced, entertaining, high quality music.
This CD is a nice mix of historic material and modern interpretation. The song-selection is very entertaining and engaging even for those not into or even very familiar with the Sea-Song genre. The production quality is generally excellent, and particularly so for a small independent group like this. I recommend this CD without reservation.

Mary Allen

Enjoyable listening, varied song selection and featured artists. CD is well produced and lyrics are clear in varied environments (car, home, etc). Great toe-tapping, sing-along music; will be ordering their newest CD when it is released.

Tracy Hastings

Boundingly Spectacular!!!
Though it arrived a bit late due to postal issues, it has definitely placed a smile on our faces, and a good beat for the feet. We definitely enjoy this CD very much and look forward to the newer CD that Bounding Main has out!

Gerard Heidgerken

Once this song got rolling, I was scrambling to turn up the volume
When I think of sea shanties, I generally imagine them as performed by folk singers (i.e. musicians performing fairly down-to-earth, no frills songs recapturing the music of old.) I DON'T generally imagine sea shanties as performed by recording artists (i.e. musicians that seek not only to master the art of music, but the science of utilizing modern studio techniques to maximize the impact of the final product.) It was in this way that Bounding Main caught me completely by surprise. Indeed, I'd previously heard them live a couple of times, and already knew them to be fine performers. But upon playing their CD I was caught completely off guard.

The Bounding Main's first CD, appropriately titled "Maiden Voyage," opens with "Mingulay Boat Song," a slower yet still upbeat song that I confess exceeds the bounds of my limited musical vocablularly to adequately describe. But I can say this much - when I put in this CD, I was nearly half asleep. Once this song got rolling, I was scrambling to turn up the volume and then sat in awe of how it made such use of my speakers - it was almost as if the entire six-person crew of Bounding Main was standing in a circle around me as they sang, making this less of a song and more of a 3-D experience.

"Pump Shanty" is next up - a sea shanty in the truest sense, although I don't think I'd previously heard a song for pumping the bilge (by my time, bilgepumps were powered by steam.) It's a wonderfully fun and catchy piece, but more importantly it continues the fine recording quality as demonstrated in the previous song.

"Fiddler's Green" seems somewhat more standard fare, being a rather nice traditional song about the sailors' heaven. But "Pay Me, You Owe Me" livens things up nicely again. I don't know whatever possessed someone to write a song about collecting loans from longshoreman, but it makes for a fun, catchy piece (so long as you're not the one that owes the money, I suppose.)

"Sailors Prayer" is another highly polished piece, soft and lyrical, followed by the equally impressive "Old Maui," sung in a slow, low-pitched voice that sounds properly sailor-like. The pace then picks up a little with "A Rovin," which, while a decent piece, has several portions when extra voices chime in, and it feels a little incomplete without the visuals that might accompany a live performance.

"Blow the Wind Southerly" is an nice, folky song. It's very well performed, but its moderate, somewhat rolling pace made it one of the less memorable songs for me. But the CD then takes on a more fun direction with "The Mermaid" and "Derelict"; catchy tunes each, with "Mermaid" being fast and happy, and "Derelict" (that would be the "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum" song) a bit slower, and just a tad sinister.

The album's concluding songs, "Leave Her Johnnie" and "Health to the Company" are both slower songs, and easily as good as any on the album, again making the most of the CD medium.

Without a doubt, this is a wonderful album. Instrument lovers will notice that almost none play a role on this CD, but the singers put their voices to fantastic use, and it's a joy to hear. While the lyrics are all nautical in nature, no one would ever accuse this music of sounding rough or piratey - it's just too highly polished and well done (that's hardly a criticism - but it is something that should be mentioned in a "pirate review.") Some sea songs were meant for dancing, others for parties and background music. But this album is meant for listening, plain and true.


Beautiful; a truly unique sound
I first saw Bounding Main at the Greater St. Louis Area Renaissance Festival and was floored by their stunning harmonies and wonderfully sweet personalities. I bought my copy of this CD from them directly that weekend, and since then I've near worn it out. The songs selected for this CD showcase their talent wonderfully, and there's honestly not a song on it that I dislike. Between the fabulous vocal talent and the almost delicately-applied accompaniment, this CD is the perfect addition to any rennie or folksong lover's album collection.


Absolutely Wonderful
I bought this for the Mingulay Boat Song and have found the CD to be absolutely wonderful! Fiddler's Green, Pay Me, You Owe Me, Sailer's Prayer, Old Maui, and Leave Her Johnnie are new favorites and harmony on the songs is fantastic!

Eileen Conner

Beautiful harmony that sends chills through you
This CD includes on of the most beautiful versions of "Sailors' Prayer" that I have ever heard. I also loved "The Mingulay Boat Song", "Fiddler's Green", "Pay Me, You Owe Me",and "Leave Her Johnnie". If you love music of the sea this is a must have CD.