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One More Trip

by Dave & Julie Evardson

Original songs recalling the deep sea fishing trade of Grimsby on the North Sea coast of England, mostly from memories of Dave's father John Evardson (1921-1993) who worked as a marine engine fitter on Grimsby Docks until the late 1960s.
Genre: Folk: Minstrel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Trawler Owner's Shanty
3:31 $0.99
2. Where the Sea Meets the Land
3:54 $0.99
3. Eggin' Back o' Doig's
3:13 $0.99
4. Six Till Two
3:25 $0.99
5. The Girl Pat
5:20 $0.99
6. Gypsy
3:47 $0.99
7. A Deckie's Lament
3:13 $0.99
8. The Fish Dock Races
3:45 $0.99
9. The North Wall
6:36 $0.99
10. To the Trades
3:48 $0.99
11. Never Tell a Trawlerman 'Goodbye'
4:38 $0.99
12. Bear Island
7:11 $0.99
13. Have You Any Packing Up Left Mister?
4:00 $0.99
14. Sea Bird
4:42 $0.99
15. One More Trip
3:17 $0.99
16. Farewell
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dave and Julie hail from Cleethorpes, adjacent to the once great North Sea fishing town of Grimsby in Lincolnshire, England's second largest county. They began singing together in 1971 and married in 1972 (which made organising rehearsals much easier), and chose to focus their performing in and around their native county and across the River Humber in Hull. Their preferred genre is folk in all its guises, based on the rich store of traditional songs they've learned from around the British Isles.

Dave soon acquired the habit of composing songs, encouraged by local writers John Conolly and Bill Meek, and following their example helped preserve in song the story of the decline of the once great fishing industry of Grimsby. Dave had an additional inspiration - his father John, a marine fitter with an abundance of memories of his working life and the people he knew. With John's help Dave penned several maritime songs, some of which have since been recorded by leading British performers such as Vin Garbutt and the late great Johnny Collins.

The first edition of the album 'One More Trip' was originally produced in aid of a local initiative to raise funds for a memorial to Grimsby's heroic trawlermen. That memorial now stands in the town centre as a tribute to their courage, fortitude and commitment to what has been described as 'the most dangerous job in the world'. Dave and Julie re-recorded the songs with additional instrumentation in 1999.

The album opens with 'The Trawler Owner's Shanty' which really isn't a shanty at all, but a mischievous 'dig' by Dave at the profiteering that undoubtedly attaches to any great industry, be it coal mining, railway building or, as in this case, trawling. This is followed by 'Where The Sea Meets The Land' in which Julie plays the role of mother whose child has just waved Daddy off to sea, and watched his trawler disappear below the horizon.

The third song 'Eggin' Back o' Doig's' gathers a few of John's childhood pranks and twists them around a local saying which in parts of Grimsby was often the standard reply to the question: What have you been up to? We presume that eggin' refers to collecting sea-gulls' eggs and Doig's was a shipbuilding firm with a yard on Grimsby Docks.

There were many ancillary trades associated with fishing, and one that's still important today is frozen food production. In the song 'Six Till Two' Julie sings of the unpopular early morning shift of the ladies of the fish finger production lines. The next song tells the true story of Skipper Dod Osbourne's daring misappropriation of the prototype diesel engined vessel 'Girl Pat' in 1935. Though Osbourne wrote about his escapade after serving 18 months' imprisonment, we suspect we'll never know the full explanation as to why he commandeered the boat.

Next comes a song about sweeping changes to the once quiet village of Humberston, just beyond Cleethorpes, through the eyes of an itinerant horse dealer for whom Julie worked as a groom while a teenager. Having no security of tenure for the land he occupied, he had no alternative but to move on and make way for the burgeoning holiday industry that transformed much of the village during the 1960s.

Dave's song 'A Deckie's Lament' borrows freely from the traditional story of the lovers' broken token, which features in many folk songs. Here Dave shifts the story to a trawler deckhand arriving in port and a hilarious confrontation with a lass who might or might not turn out to be the girl of his dreams.

Grimsby fishermen earned a basic 'wage' that was really only an advance on their 'settlement' when their trawler's catch was landed and sold. The various trawler firms' offices opened on Friday afternoons to pay this advance to the families, and it was often the children's job to run 'down dock' to collect it. This became such a widespread practice that schools officially closed at one-thirty every Friday, and the rush to be near the front of the queue became known as 'The Fish Dock Races'.

'The North Wall' was written during John's retirement after Dave and his Dad visited the long jetty where John had carried out much of his work as a fitter. He recalled the quayside being crammed with ships waiting to be fitted out and returned to sea, but on this visit there was not a vessel to be seen. The jetty remains as a stark symbol of the devastating effect of greed and over-fishing on the once mighty industry that made Grimsby the world's foremost fishing port.

In trawling's heyday Grimsby Docks were like a little town. Virtually everything that was needed to maintain the ships and crews at sea was made in and around the dock area. This song 'To The Trades' reflects the mutual respect that the various workers had for one another - often toasted and celebrated over several pints in one of the many dockside pubs!

Superstition goes hand in hand with seafaring, and this was certainly the case with fishing. When your man left for his next trip to sea, it was unheard of to use any phrase that hinted at finality. Hence the title of this rendition by Julie - 'Never Tell A Trawlerman Goodbye'. To illustrate the dangers associated with trawling, 'Bear Island' tells the true story of the wreck of the Lord Howe and the gallant rescue of her crew by men from several other craft who went to her aid in terrifying arctic conditions. The lyrics are adapted from a poem by 'Hurricane' Hutchinson - himself a renowned Grimsby trawler skipper.

Dave's Dad's childhood in the 1920s was hard, with millions out of work. 'Have You Any Packing Up Left Mister' tells how youngsters would often beg for scraps from the lunchboxes of working dockers returning from Immingham (a port ten miles or so up-river).

'Sea Bird' describes the life of a fisherman who seems tied to the unceasing tidal flow of life at sea and on shore, sometimes to the detriment of shore-based relationships. In a similar vein 'One More Trip' gives the trawlerman's view, always promising to find work on shore, but hesitating to make a firm commitment to leave the sea.

And finally, a 'Farewell' song that might apply to anyone who's leaving their loved ones, whether it be for a few weeks or longer. It's here on this album to say 'Farewell' to an industry of majestic ships, cruel seas and hardened men.

So yes, 'Farewell'. But never 'Goodbye'.



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