The Song Goes On
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Opening with a stunning new arrangement of CYRIL TAWNEY's iconic Grey Funnel Line (popularized in a superb version by The Silly Sisters), travelling through calypsos to "work" shanties and songs from John Fogerty and The Kingston Trio; if this is the new direction of nautical song, be prepared to hang on tight(ly)! The compilation concludes with Mick Ryan's anthemic paean to the singing giants upon whose shoulders we all stand (The Song Goes On), and QFTRY's superbly innovative harmonic adaptation of an older Tom Lewis song (Swallow The Anchor).
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- Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney) The iconic anthem from the man who “invented” Contemporary Nautical Song.
- Passage To Grimsby (Trad.) A light-hearted , rollicking song; “collected” from the early repertoire of the late, great Johnny Collins.
- Bimini (B. Olofson / M. Mark McIntyre) The Kingston Trio could really pick great, fun songs. They definitely blazed a trail worth following.
- Spanish Ladies (Trad.) I remember hearing this tune being used as the theme for a radio series: “Green Sailors” broadcast on BBC Radio’s: “Children’s Hour”; circa 1952.
- Fair Winds – and a Following Sea (Tom Lewis) Saying “Goodbye” can be a sad occasion … but it doesn’t always need to be.
- Proud Mary (John Fogerty) Another iconic song, from the world of American “inland waterways”.
- San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller) Far from a classic “blues”, nonetheless this is a heartfelt plea for another chance at love.
- All Coiled Down (C. Fox-Smith / A. Fitzsimmons) From the pen of Cicely Fox Smith, this is her poem: “So Long”; set to a tune by Liverpool’s Alan Fitzsimmons.
- Anchor Song (Rudyard Kipling / Peter Bellamy) Written in the reign of Queen Victoria; Kipling evokes an earlier era, and Peter Bellamy perfectly matches the spirit.
- The Last Shanty (T. Lewis) That so many people know this song gladdens my heart.
- Pay Me My Money Down (Trad.) Originally from the singing of stevedores around the Georgia Sea Islands, I hear the relevance of unions whenever I sing this.
- The Song Goes On (Mick Ryan) Sing in crowds … sing in your bathroom … but SING; and never forget “we stand on the shoulders of giants”.
- Swallow The Anchor (T. Lewis) I’m hugely complimented that my Polish friends wanted to record this version.