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Sea Ballads

GUEST,Rose 09 Jul 19 - 03:56 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 09 Jul 19 - 04:13 PM
GUEST,henryp 09 Jul 19 - 04:37 PM
Steve Gardham 09 Jul 19 - 04:41 PM
Marje 10 Jul 19 - 12:28 PM
GUEST 10 Jul 19 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,Mg 10 Jul 19 - 01:40 PM
Steve Gardham 10 Jul 19 - 03:21 PM
GUEST 10 Jul 19 - 05:12 PM
GUEST,Kristoffer Ross 10 Jul 19 - 08:06 PM
mg 10 Jul 19 - 10:53 PM
GUEST,Susan-Marie 10 Jul 19 - 11:25 PM
GUEST,Julia L 10 Jul 19 - 11:34 PM
Gibb Sahib 12 Jul 19 - 05:12 PM
GUEST,henryp 12 Jul 19 - 11:27 PM
Dave the Gnome 13 Jul 19 - 01:11 PM
GUEST,Mary Pigeons 14 Jul 19 - 09:33 AM
GUEST,Jwhizzkid 15 Jul 19 - 05:23 PM
Mrrzy 15 Jul 19 - 07:49 PM
CupOfTea 15 Jul 19 - 08:04 PM
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Subject: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Rose
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 03:56 PM

Hello

I am searching for ballads with a sea theme for a project. I would love to find love ballads involving the sea. Songs and stories of grief, worry, loneliness of women with husbands & lovers at sea....lost to the sea. Say wives with husbands who work jobs as fisherman..the worry of rough seas, storms and shipwrecks. Ballads of falling in love with mermaids/selkies/sea creature etc.
Themes with fishermen down on their luck with a poor fishing season.
Ballads of the mystery and beauty & yet the haunting sea.
For this project I am staying away from sea shanties & more interested in sea ballads.

Any leads would be so wonderful. Are there any great sea ballad collections, websites, links, CD's? I would love to hear from anyone you would like to share a favorite sea ballad.

Much thanks. I really appreciate any help.

Again thank you.
Rose


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 04:13 PM

Try the Vaughan Williams memorial library's song subject index. Vwml.org
Derek Schofield


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 04:37 PM

No More Fish, No Fishermen
(w. (c) 1996 I. Sheldon Posen, Well Done Music, BMI m. See, Amid the Winter's Snow by John Goss 1800-80)

Out along the harbour reach
Boats stand dried up on the beach
Ghost-like in the early dawn
Empty, now the fish are gone.

What will become of people now?
Try to build a life somehow
Hard, hard times are back again
No more fish, no fishermen.

No more shoppers in the stores
Since the fish plant closed its doors
Men who walked a trawler's decks
Now line up for welfare cheques.

There's big "For Sale" signs everywhere
Pockets empty, cupboards bare
See it on the News at Ten
No more fish, no fishermen.

Once from Ship Cove to Cape Race
Port aux Basques to Harbour Grace
Newfoundlanders fished for cod
Owing merchants, trusting God.

They filled their dories twice a day
They fished their poor sweet lives away
They could not imagine then
No more fish, no fishermen.

Back before the Second War
We could catch our fish inshore
Boats were small and gear was rough
We caught fish, but left enough.

And now there's no more fish because
The trawler fleets took all there was
We could see it coming then
No more fish, no fishermen.

Farewell now to skate and flake
Get out for the children's sake
Leave all friends and kin behind
Take whatever job you find.

There's some that say things aren't so black
They say the fish will all come back
Who'll be here to catch them then?
No more fish, no fishermen.


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 09 Jul 19 - 04:41 PM

Join the forum, then use the search engine for the subjects you are looking for. Be prepared for a mountain of material.


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: Marje
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 12:28 PM

One to start you off: look up Lament to the Moon in the database.

Marje


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 12:34 PM

Check out the repertoire of English singers like Walter Pardon and Sam Larner for sea ballads! Have a look in the Greig Duncan Folk Song Collection (Scottish) which has a whole section of sea songs and ballads. Some titles off the top of my head of ballads/songs with a sea theme...

The Golden Vanity
Henry Martin
William Taylor
The Bold Princess Royal
The Loss of the Rammillies
The Handsome Cabin Boy
Edmund in the Lowlands Low
Lowlands
Sweet William (father build me a boat)

etc etc etc


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Mg
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 01:40 PM

I have some few I have put together..two on salmon one on cod..latest on lifesaving at sea..one about shore workers...five each no cover, ten with cover plus shipping. Highly recommend...Lots of different singers....


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 03:21 PM

Try Googling 'Stow Brow'. There are literally hundreds of ballads on drowned sailors and laments by their wives. 'Ah, my love's dead' dates back to the 17th century and is still sung in folk clubs today albeit in a burlesqued form. Keyword 'drowned'.


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 05:12 PM

Love songs of the sea...

Sweet William
Biscay-o

A beautiful song by Owen Hand about whale fishing 'My Donal'...


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Kristoffer Ross
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 08:06 PM

Hello, Rose!
    Yes, as Steve Gardham notes, there will be an enormous amount of material available.
    To throw out a few names of recorded artists I enjoy, I would suggest you look up Peter Bellamy, John Roberts, and Matthew Byrne for more traditional ballads, and for some hauntingly beautiful contemporary ones, the late Stan Rogers (who wrote many stunning examples in his tragically short life).
    I'm sure I'll think of a load more in the next twenty minutes, but that should give you a good start
Best,
~Kristoffer


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: mg
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 10:53 PM

go straight to newfoundland. here is one by ron hynes..good version but please to look up original lyrics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WaLZt11D7E

others: wave over wave
plenty concerning ocean ranger

check out barry delaney of around marystown..he is on all my cds..great songwriter..

check out gest database

next maybe go to cornwall

then check out basque songs


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Susan-Marie
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 11:25 PM

My Donald (Mary Black) - a beautiful song about the loneliness of loving a sailor.

Also The Lady Mary Sails.


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Julia L
Date: 10 Jul 19 - 11:34 PM

I am just completing my transcriptions of 150 + sea ballads found in collections made in Maine. I can send you the list of titles if you want them
julia@castlebay.net


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 05:12 PM

What kind of project? Historical? Interpretive? Performative? Socio-cultural? Textual [~or~] musical?

What time period? What geographic and/or cultural sphere?


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 12 Jul 19 - 11:27 PM

Davy Cross by Paul Davenport

The Widow Cross had but one son and indeed he was his mother’s pride and joy
So she knitted him a gansey, cable stitched both fine and fancy
And it looked like royal robes upon the boy

How we knew his bright blue eyes
How we knew his golden hair
And the gansey that his mother made was fine beyond compare

Tall and bright was Davy Cross, with a smiling face that never bore a frown
How the lasses smiled and sighed, at his strong and manly stride
On a Friday when the fishing fleet left town

For they…

At the dance on Saturday, the lasses fairly swooned to dance with him
How they fluttered at his charms, as he held them in his arms
And their hearts beat faster at his boyish grin

For they…

Then one dark October day, there came a storm which drove us hard to lea
And our fishing fleet was tossed, yet just one single craft was lost
Leaving Widow Cross a-gazing out to sea

Well she…

When just ten weeks had passed and gone, they finally brought us news about the loss
Seemed a body had been found, of a sailor lost and drowned
And in our hearts we knew ’twas Davy Cross

For we…

But it wasn’t eyes of blue, nor that hair as pale as foam
It was the gansey that his mother made that brought young Davy home


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Jul 19 - 01:11 PM

Bee salads?


Sorry, I can't help it :-)


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Mary Pigeons
Date: 14 Jul 19 - 09:33 AM

Hi-

Robert Wyatt- Sea Song? :

https://open.spotify.com/album/72t34rHQENHfAK5kDLZjuG?si=hoyO_-d5SH695jzzdngpZQ

Also if brand new ones count- Raft...:

https://soundcloud.com/mary-barnecutt/raft-first-rough


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,Jwhizzkid
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 05:23 PM

Check out Silly Wizard's Fisherman's Wife on You Tube. Written by the late great Andy M. Stewart.
On a storm torn headland a woman is standing
The spray hung like jewels in her hair.
And the sea tore the rocks near that desolate landing
As though it had known she stood there

But she had come down to condemn that wild ocean
For the murderous loss of her man.
His boat went out on Wednesday morning
And it's feared she's gone down with all hands....

Also
The Bay of Biscay
3 Score and 10


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 07:49 PM

Beat me to it, Dave!

Clancy Brothers have a sea album.

Allan Mills too. Older and less folked up.


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: CupOfTea
Date: 15 Jul 19 - 08:04 PM

Look for the fabulous late Lou Killen's output - not to be missed.
Deb Cowan is inclined to pick some choice ballads, sung in a voice that conveys truth and emotion. Her acapella rendition of "Rose in June" is a spellbinding 7 minutes, and a tribute to Lou Killen. She also sings some sea songs with the aforementioned John Roberts.

Contemporary ballads of the sea - many fine writers: Stan Rogers, Gordon Bok, John Conolly.

The performer roster of sea - oriented festivals like Mystic will lead you to many performers with broad repertoires.
The range is huge if you consider all maritime- themed songs, not just ballads. Lots of sources include Maritime along with lots of other sorts of songs: a couple of the Rudyard Kipling ballads, to Jez Lowe, Pete Seeger,

Some songs pop up in unexpected places, too -" Run Come SeeJerusalem" sort of Caribbean blues. You can spend the rest of your life on this- someone above asked questions to limit the parameters some, and this would certainly help dealing with a manageable range of songs.

Joanne in Cleveland (where the Tall Ships sailed away this morning).


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,threelegsoman
Date: 17 Jul 19 - 03:02 AM

I have a playlist of "Sea Songs", some of which might suit your search:

Sea Songs


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: GUEST,9
Date: 17 Jul 19 - 01:35 PM

as a kid had a favorite album: Songs & Sounds of the Sea put out by National Geographic. I believe many of those songs have now been downloaded onto Youtube.


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: sleepyjon
Date: 18 Jul 19 - 11:08 AM

Don't miss Peter Bellamy's "Maritime England Suite" for some interesting and quite rare stuff - especially "We have fed our seas" (Kipling, I think)
SJ


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Subject: RE: Sea Ballads
From: sciencegeek
Date: 18 Jul 19 - 05:48 PM

almost an embarrassment of riches here... go to http://gestsongs.com/ for the index os songs... and just wander through it

Heather sparling has the University of Cape Breton's disaster songs... ne section just on ship wrecks that she maintains http://disastersongs.ca/

recordings go back many decades but in the 1960s and 70s Judy Collins did Farewell to Tarwathie and there were many other artists who did albums that had sea ballads of all sorts...


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