News update - July 2014


A six-month feasibility study, funded in part by the National Park Partnership Fund, is to look at the feasibility of conserving, archiving, promoting (where appropriate) and encouraging the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the moor. More details HERE


A combination of circumstances has unintentionally brought us to Minehead, in Somerset, as the unifying factor of this, our sixth CD, and we’ve decided to make it a ‘studio album’.  Cecil Sharp collected thirty-nine songs from two retired sea captains in the town during a series of visits between August 1904 and May 1909.  Together they give a fascinating window into the local repertoire at the beginning of the 20th Century.  The selection on this CD includes just some of our favourites: seven from Robert Lewis and five from James Vickery.
The other three songs come from the Minehead Harbour Maritime Heritage Project.  The project culminated in a series of cold-cast bronze panels mounted on the harbour wall, depicting periods in Minehead’s maritime history and the associated ship-types – from 400 A.D. to WW2.  We were commissioned to find (trad.), adapt (localise) or create (there aren’t many songs from 400 A.D. which relate to Minehead maritime history!) a series of relevant songs – one each for the seven periods - and then to work with the community to record them as inspiration for the artist, Sue Webber, in creating the panels.  Three of the seven songs we’ve borrowed back for this CD. Details of tracks and personnel can be found  HERE


The project of recording the entire repertoire of John 'Yankee Jack' Short of Watchet, Somerset, UK. is complete. Thirty years in the contemplating, and eighteen months in the recording, and with ten leading performers from the around the country (and the USA) the songs were released on a series of three WildGoose CDs. to superb reviews. Featuring: Brian Willoughby, Roger Watson, Jeff Warner, Jackie Oates, Jim Mageean, Sam Lee, Keith Kendrick, Tom Brown, Barbara Brown.
Tom is has now completed the book on John Short's life and times A Sailor's Life, which was launched on 23rd September 2014 - the centenary of Sharp's last collecting trip to see John Short. Information about the book is HERE. More details on the Short Sharp Shanties project HERE