Song Information and Liner Notes
Down to Rio, 1:55
Rudyard Kipling/Peter Bellamy
Anchor Song, 3:43
Rudyard Kipling/Peter Bellamy
C. Fox Smith/William Pint
of the King of Laois, 3:50
African Trade, 3:42
Stuart M. Frank
the Anchor, 4:33
Down Lads, 2:03
Songs and tunes come to us in many ways.
Some from the tradition, some from other musicians, some are
self-penned, and some even arrive by mail! La
Paimpolaise arrived on a postcard from a friend visiting
Paimpol in Brittany where the famous French shanty festival is
held. Thanks Pam! Combining traditional and contemporary
River can be found in Stan Hugills Shanties
of the Seven Seas while The
African Trade notes the development of Liverpool from a small
Merseyside village to the third largest city in the British Empire.
For over two centuries the vast majority of slaves to the Americas
were transported in Liverpool ships. This hightly profitable,
though morally bankrupt, business arrangement was delicately
referred to as the The African Trade.
Two other songs describe different aspects
of leaving behind the life of a sailor. Swallow
the Anchor (a navel expression equivalent to the cowboys
hanging up his guns”) explores the widespread naval
custom of ritualized nicknames. Ex-Sailors
Life weighs the attractions ashore against those afloat.
The hornpipe therein comes by way of the B.B.C.s Captain
The allure of finding out what lies
beyond the horizon, as well as the realities involved in getting
there, are explored in Rudyard Kiplings Rolling
Down to Rio and The
Anchor Song, set to music by the late, Peter Bellamy.
Spain vividly describes a working sailor drawn back to the
Whale is a compelling account of an all too fleeting contact
with another species. Our verion of Herzogin
Cecile departs radically from the original tribute to the
great four masted bark which held many passage records prior
to wrecking on Bolt Head on the coast of England in 1936.
Because an all nautical program might
lead to a musical version of mal dmer, weve
included a few land based items. Catherine is
a bagpipe jig (sans bagpipes). March of the King of Laois
(pronounced Leash) is a traditional Irish tune.
A song of carnival workers packing-up
the show, Pull
Down Lads, reminds us that, when all is said and done, we
are entertainers whose touring schedule brings about a constant
string of good-byes. All the wonderful people we meet become
our extended family and we usually have to leave them far too
Produced by William Pint & Felicia Dale
Recorded at OMB Studios, Port Orchard, WA.,
Engineered by Rob Folsom
Design/Illustration by Adrienne Robineau
ASM103D ©1992 William Pint - Tom Lewis SOCAN
Tom Lewis vocals, melodeon
William Pint vocals, acoustic and electric guitar,
Felicia Dale vocals, hurdy-gurdy, pennywhistles
John Peekstok keyboards, percussion, bass guitar
Tania Opland violin
(Ex-Sailor Kazoo Chorus: Timmy Holloway, Wade Down, Sandy Bottoms,
and Hal Yard)
Special Thanks to:
Lynn Lewis for band maintenance and TLC throughout
Annette Brigham for linguistic coaching,
Adrienne Robineau for slaving over a hot computer,
Rob Folsom for careful, diligent work, ninety-five
gallons of coffee and the cats!
Peter Bellamy for his wonderful adaptation of
The B.B.C.s 'Captain Pugwash' for the
traditional hornpipe in Ex-Sailors Life,
and you for not making bootleg copies
of our recordings.
We simply couldnt continue making music or even survive
without CD and tape sales.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!