Category Archives: Songs

Hughie Jones in Concert at the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor

If you are in the area on Friday, May 9th, at 8PM, be sure to stop by the Noble Maritime Collection at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace in Staten Island where the legendary British folk singer Hughie … Continue reading

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Sting – Christmas At Sea (Live from Durham Cathedral)

We hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season.  Here is a beautiful version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Christmas at Sea.” Sting – Christmas At Sea (Live from Durham Cathedral)

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Assassins Creed IV : Blag Flag – Slaughter, Mayhem & Shanty Singing Pirates ?

My younger son, a senior in high school, mentioned to me a few mornings ago that the newest version of the historical action-adventure video game, Assassins Creed, which is Assassins Creed IV – Black Flag, has a feature that lets … Continue reading

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Lou Killen, British Folk Song and Shanty Singer, Dies at 79

I was saddened to learn that the singer that I knew as Lou Killen died early this month after a six year battle with cancer.  Killen was an influential voice in the British folk song revival of the 50s and … Continue reading

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Hardtackers’ Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmates – A Review

The Hardtacker Shanty Crew, a seven-man shanty crew based in Columbus, Ohio, released a great new CD a few months ago, Don’t Forget Your Old Shipmates, which features a wonderful mix of shanties and sea songs, old and new.  The twenty one songs … Continue reading

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Trevor Grills of the Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, Dies at 54

Trevor Grill was a self employed builder from Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged north coast, who enjoyed getting together with friends to sing sea shanties and folk songs.  The group came to call themselves the Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends and they performed at … Continue reading

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Sea Songs in New York – Sailing to Staten Island: The Immigrant Experience, and Other Events

This will be a great couple of weeks around New York harbor for lovers of the music of the sea.  “Sailing to Staten Island: The Immigrant Experience” is a free concert Saturday night at the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug … Continue reading

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For the Love of Sea Music – Mystic Seaport’s 33rd Annual Sea Music Festival

Mystic Seaport has put together a wonderful short video where lovers of sea music speak of just it means to them, just in time for the Seaport’s upcoming 33rd Annual Sea Music Festival from June 7-10, 2012 in Mystic, Connecticut.  The three … Continue reading

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Shanty Sings All Over – Mystic, New York, San Francisco, Port Townsend & Washington DC

This Saturday night, January7th, the Mystic Seaport will be hosting a “Chantey Blast and Pub Sing” from 1-5 PM in the Frohsinn Hall (aka the German Club), 54 Greenmanville Avenue, in Mystic CT as a fundraiser for the 33rd Annual Mystic Seaport Sea … Continue reading

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The William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Session – September 18th, 2011

Fifteen years ago, a group of sea shanty enthusiasts got together for an old fashioned shanty sing. Their first meeting was, fittingly enough on the windjammer Peking at South Street Seaport. For many years they met monthly at the Seaman’s Church … Continue reading

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Ranzo, the YouTube Chanteyman

On his YouTube channel, Hulton Clint identifies himself as “Ranzo, the YouTube Chanteyman.”  Something over  three years ago he began an ambitious You Tube undertaking : The “Shanties From the Seven Seas” project where he sings the chanteys from Stan Hugill’s classic book of … Continue reading

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Sea Chantey Festival on the Star of India

What could possibly be a better venue for a sea chantey festival than the deck of a restored 1863-built iron windjammer?   The Maritime Museum of San Diego is holding its “Sea Shanty Festival 2011” on the deck of the … Continue reading

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Jubilee Sailing Trust – Tall Ship Sailing Adventures for All

A very nicely done video showing the inspiring work being done the Jubilee Sailing Trust.  The Jubilee Sailing Trust  is a registered charity that owns and operates the tallships Lord Nelson and Tenacious, the only two tall ships in the world designed and … Continue reading

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The William Main Doerflinger Memorial Shanty Session, 5/15/11

Last week we posted about the upcoming first William Main Doerflinger Memorial Shanty Session to be held at the Noble Maritime Collection at Snug Harbor.    The shanty sing was well attended and the space was beautiful as well as historic.  The … Continue reading

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Santy Anno sung by The Hard Tackers

Santy Anno sung by The Hard Tackers over a film made by Joe Cook of  The Hard Tackers when he sailed aboard the Pride Of Baltimore II as a crew member. Santy Anno Seu browser não suporta iframes. Thanks to … Continue reading

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“To Seek a Northwest Passage” – Clipper Adventurer Hits Uncharted Rock

Stan Roger‘s classic song begins, “Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage; to find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea.”   Stan died in 1983, but his son, Nathan Rogers, also a singer, recently set … Continue reading

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BBC update on the Clipper City of Adelaide and the Battle of the Ballads

BC apparently has posted an interesting videocast on the composite clipper City of Adelaide.  I write apparently because it is available only in Britain and being on the other side of the pond I can only take the word of … Continue reading

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The Leaving of Liverpool

“The Leaving of Liverpool” is a wonderful sea song,  capturing both the promise of a new voyage and the sadness of leaving loved ones behind.   It was “collected” by William Main Doerflinger in 1951 from Dick Maitland, an old sailor at New York’s … Continue reading

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Fiddler’s Green

Stan Rogers, the late Canadian folk sing/songwriter, sang a song about an ill fated privateering voyage during the American revolution called “Barrett’s Privateer’s“. He was often asked where he learned the song. Most assumed that it was a traditional folk … Continue reading

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The Holy Ground – Songs, Sailors, and Women of Easy Virtue

I am every fond of the Irish sea song “Holy Ground”.  The song is about a sailor bound for sea, leaving his lady love and hoping to return. “And still I live in hope to see the Holy Ground once more..” … Continue reading

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