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Northwest Tugboat Tales

by Various

Songs about Northwest tugboats, many of them composed for this album, sung by some of the Northwest’s best musicians, demonstrating the energy and variety of modern folk music. Great melodies and exciting performances.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One More Pull
Hank Cramer
4:19 $0.99
2. Snap the Line Tight
Fraser Union
2:37 $0.99
3. The Tugboat Captain
Watch the Sky!
3:26 $0.99
4. The Oda G
Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat
2:49 $0.99
5. A Hundred Years Ago
Bob Kotta & Mariide
2:35 $0.99
6. Tall Trees
Mary Garvey
1:26 $0.99
7. Mary D. Hume
Dejah & Devon Leger
3:24 $0.99
8. Thea Foss
Chris Roe
3:54 $0.99
9. Piper Cameron
Jon Pfaff
2:46 $0.99
10. Ode to the Enchantress
Cannery Row
3:51 $0.99
11. Tugboats Pullin' on the Bridge Lines
Wendy Joseph
2:19 $0.99
12. The Tugboat Song
Tugboat Bromberg
2:53 $0.99
13. The Tugboat Langston Hughes
The Whateverly Brothers
1:45 $0.99
14. Summer Wages
Chris Roe and friends
2:44 $0.99
15. Bound to Hell
Matthew Moeller
3:42 $0.99
16. When Carissa Came Ashore
Jonathan Lay
4:59 $0.99
17. Tugboats
2:46 $0.99
18. The Arthur Foss Leaves the Dock
The Arthur Foss
1:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was hanging out with Mary Garvey and Alice Winship at the annual Shanty Camp at Fort Columbia State Park when Mary mentioned that our mutual friend, the late Stan James, had always wanted to do an album of tugboat songs.

Mary asked if we were interested in helping put this together, and so it began. At first we could not find many Northwest tugboat songs, but soon Mary was digging up songs and artists from the most obscure places. Gradually my studio filled with musicians and my hard drive with songs from up and down the West Coast. The variety and quality of what we found was amazing, and the performances just as amazing.

These songs represent the rich tradition of tugboats in the Northwest, woven with images that span the lexicon of what tugboats have done, from Thea Foss and her small fleet of skiffs to monster tugs keeping the I-90 bridge from sinking to sad tales of tugs long gone.

Enjoy! - Chris Glanister



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Stewart Hendrickson

Northwest Tugboat Tales
I didn't think there would be so many songs about tugboats, but this is a great collection. Some are new, composed for this collection, and some are not so new. They are all well performed. Many relate to specific tugboats and people, and bring with them a wealth of history and folklore of the Pacific Northwest. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the maritime history of the Northwest and some good songs to go with it.