Hearts of Gold
Information and Liner Notes
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of Gold, 4:02
Shanty/Jump at the Sun, 5:02
Tony Goodenough/John Kirkpatrick
By the Sea, 3:52
words Marjorie Howell, music Bob Zentz
Wreck of the Lady Washington, 3:37
words Mikki Perry, music traditional
Rolling Wave/Homeward Bound, 5:33
words William Allingham, music William Pint
Y Derri Dando, 2:22
of Biscay, 5:49
Essakeeba River, 4:18
Atholl Highlanders, 4:51
When we think of the topics in
sailors' songs, we most often think of women, drinking,
and shipwrecks but, for sailors as well as folk singers, when
a lot of time is spent far awayhome is a subject that frequently
comes to mind. Quite unintentionally (or at least unconsciously)
we have included a high percentage of sea songs related to the
subject of home. Maybe this is due to our extensive travels throughout
the US and England over the last twenty four months. These songs
and tunes came to us over the course of those travels. As before,
we've picked up both traditional and new songs. Pete
Hayselden, England's "Shanty Jack" introduced us to London
Julies, a song he learned in Sweden from a Polish shantywoman.
We first heard C'est
L'Aviron, a French Canadian canoe paddling song, at
Jack's Sea Fever Festival in Hull, England, sung
by an American group from the Washington D.C. area, (you can
begin to understand that nautical singers are a traveling lot.)
The song deals with an encounter between a beautiful woman
and a man who end up at her home drinking to the health of her
parents and siblings and "he whom her heart loves the most".
Another monumental shantyman of
Britain, Johnny Collins, introduced us to Sarah Davis
and her song Wreckers,
with its haunting images of greed, treachery and silence beneath
a veneer of civic respectability. Bay
of Biscay, traditional but run through the "folk processor"
to suit our fancies, looks at the ghostly homecoming of a drowned
sailor after seven years lost at sea.
Mary Benson's Sail
Away provides a different point of view to the sailor's
travels as well as an opportunity for some improvisational vocal
harmonies in a multi-track studio environment.
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The coming of the railroads helped
to bring an end to the age of sail so The
Wreck of the Lady Washington could be seen as an allegory
of sorts. The lyrics were written by Micki Perry of Eastern
Washington, with apologies to the Greenland Whale Fishery.
The ship in question, a replica of a ship that first explored
Puget Sound, was built in Grays Harbor, Washington and sailed
up the Columbia river to the desert-like Eastern region of the
state to "boldly go" where no tall ship had gone before.
On her ill-fated voyage from Pasco to Umatilla, she discovered
that she should have stayed at home.
The Atholl Highlanders
is a well loved bagpipe tune from Scotland pressed into service
as a hurdy-gurdy showcase.
A couple of these pieces
began as poems. Companioned
by the Sea came to us by way of Virginia's Bob Zentz
who is also a fan of, as he puts it, "poetical nauticalia".
Russ Godfrey of Victoria B.C., sent us Homeward
Bound which celebrates the joys of seagoing life. He found
it in a book of verse published in 1877 grandly titled "Poems,
Songs, and Ballads of the Sea and Celebrated Discoverers, Battles,
Ship-wrecks, and Incidents Illustrative of Life on the Ocean
Wave". We combined it with The Rolling Wave,
a tune we first heard from our friends Philip and Pam Boulding
of Magical Strings.
Tony Goodenough wrote the
Shanty and, with The Shanty Crew, recorded a far more
traditional sounding version on their Stand to Your Ground
album. We combined it with the popular dance tune, Jump
at the Sun just because it seemed like a good idea at
the time. Also from the singing of The Shanty Crew, Hob
Y Derri Dando is one of the few shanties that we've
run across of Welsh origin. The chorus has been partly Anglicized.
In true folk tradition, we've added a verse of our own invention.
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The West Indian sea shanty The
Essakeeba River has been recorded a number of times, but
great liberties have been taken with it here in a effort to explore
some of the African rhythms that played such a great role in
the sea shanty tradition. Sailor Jack felt that living and working
on the sea was superior to any land locked lifestyle, yet he
could not help but envy the comforts available to the land dweller.
of Gold was collected by Gale Huntington, who found
the words in an 1832 journal of the Salem whale ship Bengal.
We collected it from the singing of our good friend and endless
font of information, Stuart M. Frank. It sums up perfectly
the conflicting feelings and emotions of those who risked their
lives daily while "lesser men" stayed at home enjoying
a softer life. (Songs are traditional except where noted.)
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Produced by William Pint & Felicia
Recorded at OMB Studios, Port Orchard, WA.,
Engineered by Rob Folsom
Cover art by Pint & Dale,
Photo by Capt. E. L. Dale (Ret.)
Graphic design by Adrienne Robineau
Waterbug Records WBG 0008 ©1994 William
Pint & Felicia Dale
Felicia Dale vocals, hurdy-gurdy, whistles; keyboards on Hearts
William Pint vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola,
cittern; keyboards on Atholl Highlanders; bodhran on London Julies.
John Peekstok keyboards, bass guitar; cittern
on Pump Shanty
Anna Peekstok didgeridoo
Tania Opland violin
Sean Sharp doumbek, bodhran, tambourine
Jarrod Kaplan djembe, doumbek, marraccas, acasa,
ankle bells on Essakeeba River and Jump at the Sun
Adrienne Robineau conga on Essakeeba River
Annette Brigham for making it possible,
Adrienne Robineau for saving our butts again
with her magic computer,
Rob Folsom for his great ears and big heart,
We simply couldn't continue making music or even survive
without CD and tape sales.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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