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Safe in the Harbour

by Frank Emerson

Energetic, intense, strong baritone Irish/folk performer
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Mary Ellen Carter
4:47 $0.99
2. Savannah Serenade
3:58 $0.99
3. The Field Behind the Plough
3:25 $0.99
4. Where Do You Go To My Lovely?
4:35 $0.99
5. Safe in the Harbour
4:59 $0.99
6. Waltz Across Texas
3:36 $0.99
7. Forty-five Years From Now
4:34 $0.99
8. Song For the Mira
4:52 $0.99
9. To Be A Virginian
0:17 $0.99
10. I Love Virginia
4:09 $0.99
11. For the Fallen/ The Minstrel Boy
3:50 $0.99
12. Canadian Whiskey
4:12 $0.99
13. The Grand Da
3:50 $0.99
14. Belfast/Tipperary
1:26 $0.99
15. Barrett's Privateers
3:33 $0.99
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Album Notes

The recording has a lot of Stan Rogers material on it. In fact, it is pretty much dedicated to the memory of this extraordinarily talented Canadian folksinger/songwriter.

Another Canadian, Alistair MacGillavrey is represented with the bucolic, "Song For the Mira". The Canadian touch rounds out with Tom Russell's "Canadian Whiskey" - to which Frank contributed te 2nd verse.

Sean McVicker's "The Grand Da" rivals Eric Bogle's pronouncements on war.

Perhaps most touching in troubled times is Frank's recitation of Laurence Binyon's "For the Fallen" which is immediately followed by Thomas Moore's "The Minstrel Boy".

Liam Reilly's "Savannah Seranade" is really a love song to that Southern City.

A live recording of "Barrett's Privateers" finishes off the album. It was taped at the Savannah Irish Festival a few years ago and sports Tom O'Carroll, Joe and John Dady and Harry O'Donoghue as back-up vocalists


Accompanying himself on the guitar and on occasion the Irish drum called a bodhran, Frank, though not a strict traditionalist, embodies many of the traditions of the ancient bards - with a more contemporary twist.

His performances are presented with aplomb, grace and good humour. Interspersed with varied insights into the background of the songs as well as stories, jokes and toasts, his appearances are informative as well as entertaining.

His business card reads "Music &c."- which means that he is more than a songster: he entertains!

Although a good amount of his material is in the Irish mould, his range also embraces Scottish, Canadian, American, Australian and even British cultures, and runs the gamut from humorous to soulful. In addition, he is the author/composer of a number of popular pub songs.

His songs are rendered in a rich baritone and a style that is eminently understandable. Because of this, he has been in demand as a voiceover actor for commercials and narrations. In addition, he possesses a refined sense of comic and dramatic timing developed through his experience on the folk circuit, in front of a classroom, in the U.S. armed forces and in the theater. His credits include the off-Broadway premier of Lenny as well as being a member of the renowned repertory company of The Weathervane Theater

Through the course of time, Frank has had nine record albums produced, which reviewers characterized as, "eclectic, highly entertaining collections of song stylings and emotions." In addition he has appeared on friends' records and in 2000 collaborated with Carroll Brown and Harry O'Donoghue in the making of the highly successful CD, "A Christmas Postcard". He has appeared to enthusiastic response all over the country on television, radio, at festivals, in pubs and concerts.

His open personality and ready smile translate easily off the boards. It is obvious to any audience that he treasures being able to do what he does for a living. He respects his stock in trade and he respects his audience.

Dublin is a long time past, and he has resided in the States for a considerable length of time. Since 1986, Frank has made his home - when not on the road - over the Blueridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia. He is the co-author of the booklet Wythe County, Virginia During the War Between the States. He is currently working on a book dealing with the Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont in 1864 as well as a monograph on the war time experiences and correspondence of Capt. Wythe B. Graham, 8th Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A.



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Dai Woosnam

high quality
The musicianship throught the album is of a high quality
Listen. There is more CHARACTER in Frank Emerson's voice there is in a host of pitch-perfect cardboard cut-out singers. Frank is not putting himself forward as a mimic: he is, in choosing other people's songs - telling us he can INTERPRET them, and put his own DNA on them. And he can! I really liked the voice

Alan Tipton

Safe in the Harbour
This is one of my all time favorite albums. I really like Frank's presentation and style, he's been an entertainer I've listened to for years and he's always fantastic.


My Favourite Frank Emerson Album...but it comes with a hitch
I've been a fan since the first time I saw Frank at The Harp & Thistle. It was great to be able to replace my cassettes (yep - cassettes) with mp3s. As for his musicianship, at the risk of starting a kerfluffle , I've often thought Frank does Stan Rogers better than Stan Rogers does Stan Rogers. Safe in the Habour is , hands down, my favourite Frank Emerson album, though the Kevin Barry's Collection runs a very close second. Frank has brought me hours of enjoyment both in person and through his recordings, and I admire and respect his talent. That being said , I feel compelled to add this comment to what is a well deserved page of accolades. If you've opted to allow your email address be added to Frank's newsletter, be prepared to receive more than a list of gigs. The content may include some strongly worded, conservative, pro-NRA political statements, and to be included in forwards from like-minded organisations.. While I respect Frank's willingness to act on his beliefs , I 'm disappointed that he chose what one would , quite reasonably, anticipate being a folk music newsletter as his forum .

Mitzi and Lee Rumley

I have had the cassette version since 1990, so glad to get the CD.
I was so glad to find Frank again. I had been going to his coffee shop in Wytheville,VA since 1989. When I got married and moved to NC in 94, we lost touch with him. I think "Safe in the Harbour" is one of my very favorite cassettes that I have ever owned. I don't think I have ever received as much satisfaction from any other performer as I do Frank Emerson. He truly has a wonderful voice and is a great entertainer. My husband and I hope to catch him live soon. In the mean time I am going to order all of his CD's.

All Frank's CD
All of Frank's CD are the best I have heard. I so enjoy Flags of Our Fathers.

sarah valente

It's seldom that you find a collection that's as intellectually and emotionally engaing as it is entertaining. I have played this disc constantly for a week -- don't mean to sound trite, but it suits the Skin I'm In, no matter what my mood. Bravo, Frank!

The Drunk guy drinking a Half and Half in Kevin Barry's

Bought it just for the sing along--"Canadian Whiskey!"
Love the different styles all located on one CD. This man has made a great CD that any Irishman would want to get wasted to! Keep up the great work, FrankieBoy!

Jimmy Crowley, Irish Composer, Performer

heart warming
I love this album too: your singing is as warm as toast and well flavoured with the sediment of life

Nicky Rossiter

This is a CD that seldom leaves my player
I love this Cd. It combines well-known folk classics with tracks I never heard before, and a singer with a lovely, strong voice. The Mary Ellen Carter, by Stan Rogers,(the CD is dedicated to him) opens the CD. It is a strong message hidden in the long grass of a tale well told with a rousing tune and chorus.
Liam Reilly's Savannah Serenade is new to me, but it grabbed my attention immediately. It is beautifully descriptive of what I imagine Savannah must be.
The Field Behind the Plough was familiar to me, but Emerson's deep male voice gives it a new meaning. (He) renews 45 Years From Now and makes it relevent again.
The Virginia Tourist Board should present Emerson and writer Lew DeWitt with awards for the song I Love Virginia.
This is a CD that seldom leaves my player. I would dearly love to hear more of this singer and his unerring choice of material. There is not a single track that I skip.

Mark Davis

Frank, you've turned out another award winning CD in Safe In The Harbor. I'll tell my many Irish friends to buy it!!!
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