Rick Spencer | Sea Songs and Chanteys

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Sea Songs and Chanteys

by Rick Spencer

A compilation of 14 traditional and 4 original songs from the maritime and seafaring trades of the past.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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1. A Hundred Years Ago
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2. Mighty Storm
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3. Get Up Jack, John Sit Down
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4. Glendy Burk
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5. Clear Away the Track
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6. New York Girls
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7. Chaunticleer
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8. Unmooring
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9. Roll the Woodpile Down
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10. The Standing Toast
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11. A Trip to the Grand Banks
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12. The Derby Ram
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13. Clear Away the Track
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14. Heidi Marie (feat. Forebitter)
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15. Who Built the Ark?
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16. Wanderer
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17. Maid of the Seas
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18. Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sea Chanteys were used as tools to coordinate manual labor on board ships of sail in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Sea Songs, whether they were chanteys or not, gave voice to the challenging, dangerous and often romanticized life of those who made their living at sea.

The songs on this recording were compiled from a number of different sources. My good friends and partners in the group FOREBITTER (Craig Edwards, Geoff Kaufman and David Littlefield) and my musical colleague Donna Glover have generously allowed me to use their voices, instrumental accompaniment and arrangements on this compilation of songs. Thank you, shipmates! And thanks to guest musician Gary Buttery, who played the tuba part on “Mighty Storm.”

A few notes on some of the songs: “Chaunticleer,” “Heidi Marie,” “Wanderer” and “Maid of the Seas” are my own compositions. © R.E. Spencer, Catfeather Art & Music BMI.

All other songs are in the public domain or traditional. “Get Up Jack, John Sit Down” was written by Harrigan and Hart in the early 1880s for a NY stage show called “Old Lavender.” The folk process has given us a more recognizable variation of it usually called “Jolly Roving Tar” or “Get Up Jack.” Glendy Burk was written by Stephen Foster. “The Standing Toast” was written by Charles Dibden. “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy” was written by Philip Paul Bliss.

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Salty Walt

A treasure chest of rare jems, dusted down
Gems of different, shapes sizes and colors - value varies by taste. . .
What a wonderful collection hard to find recordings of a wide variety of maritime music from old timey Americana to Napoleonic British to African American, from historic work songs to modern songs about historical events, from Inspirational to randy, with a lot of stops in between. A great resource whether you are looking for unusual sea songs in general, or these recordings in particular. Most are songs you rarely hear performed, rarer still by such well informed and talented musicians. The new compositions are a welcome addition, including some personal favorites like the driving "Wanderer" and the haunting "Heidi Marie" (whose strains of "bold spirits of the fishermen" were haunting me this morning as I rose.)
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Salty Walt

A Treasure Chest of Rare Jems, Dusted Down
Gems of different, shapes sizes and colors - value varies by taste. . .
What a wonderful collection hard to find recordings of a wide variety of maritime music from old timey Americana to Napoleonic British to African American, from historic work songs to modern songs about historical events, from Inspirational to randy, with a lot of stops in between. A great resource whether you are looking for unusual sea songs in general, or these recordings in particular. Most are songs you rarely hear performed, rarer still by such well informed and talented musicians. The new compositions are a welcome addition, including some personal favorites like the driving "Wanderer" and the haunting "Heidi Marie" (whose strains of "bold spirits of the fishermen" were haunting me this morning as I rose.)
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