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Try a Sea Shanty!
Fun and harmonizing!
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March 5, 2021 - 10:55 am
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@GregW -

1st heard him a couple years back when I discovered I could watch YouTube music videos on my TV.

I love how David Coffin engages with the public - like at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival in New Hampshire. 

And, really love the part "and another Festival wouldn't do us any harm"!

I remember thinking "this sounds like a real Sea Shanty" (other than Sailor's Hornpipe). 😁 

Speaking of Sailor's Hornpipe...  I learned this for the Grandkids (not this elaborate version) - performed here by Vi Wickam.




Another cat-love'n fiddler! 

...or another fiddle-love'n cat!

Love it! 

- Emily

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March 11, 2021 - 1:18 pm
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This should be right up my alley.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."


March 18, 2021 - 8:47 pm
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I've been reading about music from Brittany in France. 

Historically, Brittany has good sized sea-faring/fishing communities and ancient Celtic ties, so no surprise to find Sea Shanties are big there! 

Chants de Marins are "sailors' songs", but some sound more for leisure than the Sea Shanties meant to accompany work/chores. (lol)

"Le grand mat veut d'la route" by Mikaël Yaouank. 



Not really sure where to draw the line with Sea Shanties - general Sailors' songs or "Pirate" tunes? 

Here's "Fifteen Sailors On Death's Sideboard" (Quinze Marins)


Translated Lyrics: 


Fifteen sailors on the dead man's chest / on board

Hop there ho! a bottle of rum

To drink and the devil had settled their fate

Hop there ho! a bottle of rum

Long John Silver took command

Sailors, and the galley sails

He holds his men like he holds the wind

Everyone is afraid of Long John Silver.


It's Bill, the privateer's second,

Angry captain flint

What came back from the realm of the dead

To haunt the treasure cache.


"Try to thwart me a little

And you will go where so many others have gone

Some on the yards and some on board

Everyone to feed the fish first ".


We'll end up dancing the jig

The rope around the neck, at the hanged quay

You, John Forest, and you, John Merigue

So close to the gallows that I have a twisted neck. 




...haven't had a chance to search for sheet music, yet. 

- Emily


March 21, 2021 - 8:48 am
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Finally found a nice BBC documentary on Sea Shanties! 



🤔...women did an amazing variety/amount of support work, even carried men out to the boats when no piers, so their heavy wool socks wouldn't get wet!

- Emily

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