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GUEST,Blowzabella sans cookie Hull Shanty Festival 23rd 24th July 2011 (126* d) RE: Hull Shanty Festival 23rd 24th July 2011 06 Jul 11

As someone who was part of the organising team for Lancaster Maritime Festival, for 20 years, I'd like to reassure anyone who has doubts about attending that there is nothing dull or 'narrow' about a festival devoted to seasongs and shanties. They are some of the most amazing songs in the lyricism, rhythm and scope of subject - and, with the older songs, show traces of many different cultures contributing to them (ships' crews were made up of people from many countries) - they truly are the first and best example of that oh-so trendy phrase 'World Music' They commemorate the most tragic tales - the greatest endeavours - losses which affected whole communities. As well as lots of stories about loose women - what more could you want???

I really hope it goes well in Hull - sadly, having two unsociable and unsocialised border collies, who I can't leave with anyone at the moment ... I can't be with you. Hopefully, next year when these two are more ... erm ... normal

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