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Sea Music

by Dan Zanes and Friends

14 traditional maritime songs performed by dan zanes and his ragged but harmonically precise circle of friends. these are raw, spirited, acoustic versions of tunes from the long gone days of sail.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Strike The Bell
2:57 album only
2. Farewell Nova Scotia
2:37 album only
3. Cape Cod Girls
2:07 album only
4. Shenandoah
4:53 album only
5. Blow Ye Winds In The Morning
4:25 album only
6. All For Me Grog
2:42 album only
7. Leaving Of Liverpool
3:38 album only
8. Windy Old Weather
2:52 album only
9. Sloop John B
4:12 album only
10. Long Time Ago
1:08 album only
11. Mingulay Boat Song
5:13 album only
12. Deep Blue Sea
2:57 album only
13. The Mermaid
4:20 album only
14. Rolling Home
4:31 album only


Album Notes
wooden ships, talking fish, homesickness, drunkenness, stormy weather,
weavily wheat, drowning, superstition, poetry, humor, hope and all-out merrymaking. guitar, mandolin, accordion, banjo, cuatro, acoustic bass, fiddle, pump organ, harmonica, a saw, and a lot of singing. it's all here.

sea music was recorded during the fall of 2002. originally it was made as a homespun musical new years offering for friends but as the cd circulated and multiplied, more and more people began asking about it. i love the indelible melodies, rascally storytelling, and vivid history that fills these traditional maritime songs and decided to share my enthusiasm by releasing sea music as the first folk cd on my festival five label.

there are a handful of people around brooklyn and vermont who sing and play in the rough soulful style that i like so much. they're all here. i recorded this with my band members barbara brousal, cynthia hopkins, and yoshi waki as well as brother-in-law-illustrator donald saaf, rankin' don aka father goose, engineer rob friedman, cary tamarkin and john denicola of the wonderland string band, patsy primus and rosita isles of the sandy girls, as well as brooklyn neighbors the mocklers and the sullivans, all of whom appear on other dan zanes and friends cds.

is it really family music? not in the way that my other cds
are (as you can see from some of the themes) but i think that these timeless songs can easily fit into almost anyone's life regardless of age, size, or temperament.

after spending my whole adult life playing rock and roll, i think that i found my true calling when i started playing music for children and their families six years ago. that's my overwhelming interest (the fourth cd "house party" will be available october 7th, 2003) but during these recent years while searching for songs to sing on my family records the old tunes of the sea have really grabbed me. they're funny, sad, poetic, historical, emotional, and catchy. if you like to sit around singing
and playing with other people, as i do, then these are perfect additions to your song bag.

the cd comes with a 32 page booklet which includes photos, background information, and most importantly, lyrics, and chords which i hope will make it as easy as possible to add these to the mix at any musical neighborhood gathering.



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We all got a kick out of it.
Nice music. Enough lilt to keep a four-year old dancing, enough pretty acoustics to keep the parents tuned in to. Lots of fun, and the lyrics and guitar chords are a definite plus.

Pendleton/Cronin Family

Great, our son adds to his Dan Zanes collection
A great collection of sea tunes. We are sailors and are familiar with some of the songs and enjoy hearing some songs new to us. This, as all of Dan's CD's, keep our son happy at home and in the car.


The best cd of 2004
This Cd blows me away. I bought it for everyone on my Christmas list. Dan Zanes is a genius at bringing these old songs back to life. They are so true and organic but so fresh and fun. I think Dan Zanes is treasure. He is preserving these songs and reminding me about why I love music.

J. Grigsby

Very 'folksie' and appropriate for kids, teachers, and parents!
I enjoyed the 'downhome' feeling of the CD. Not studio overdubbed, but just a lot of talented folks playing songs together in an authentic acoustic environment.
Great songs to use with kids in my school setting. We heard Dan live the week before at a concert, and then learned "Strike the Bell" the next week off this CD.
Great accompaniment booklet with info, lyrics, and guitar chords. Highly recommended! - J.G.

elizabeth davies

I love it because the music suggests the landscape. i can taste it!
Thank you so much. i so very much love Sea Music. it feels like a home place to me.


Love it!
This is the second copy of this cd we have purchased because we love it so much! Its great because everyone in our family from kids to adults enjoy it and can sing along. We especially like Farewell Novia Scotia and Shenendoah.

Charles Johnson

NOt just a CD, but a song book too
This is my kind of music, it's perfectly organic. The songs are all classic maritime folk songs, and there's no soaring guitar solos, and no heavy production so common in most commercial recordings these days. It's just a bunch of people sitting around in the kitchen singing songs and that feeling totally comes through.
The best part is the songbook. A lot of CDs come with lyrics, but this one has the chords too, so you can play along if you want.

Randy Ingersoll

Fascinating compilation
I've become more interested in all forms of "folk music" lately. Sea music is a new area for me. I have all Dan Zanes cd's, and yes this is different, but still as rich as the others. I like the free spiritedness of the 11 year old singing "All For Me Grog." I enjoy the harmonies in "Cape Cod Girls" and the playing of the saw (!) in Mingulay Boat Song. Oh, and thanks for the lyrics and chords. We are now making Sea Music in Montana.

Todd Kircher

Wow! I'm listening to it now...
Honestly, i am listening to this cd when i checked my email and cd baby asks did your cds get there ok?
This cd is great. I have been commercial clamming for the past couple of years, as is hopefully temporary employment...arrrrh...
grew up on the water on long island and love the whole theme, its in my blood, but doesnt have to be, just an honest heart is all.

Ann Edge Lipscomb

Don't depry yourself of this one — Beach CD — with mouse in hand it keeps me humming!
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