News update - July 2014
- 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
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.
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,
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
SHORT SHARP SHANTIES ~
AND NOW THE BOOK!
- 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
details on the Short Sharp Shanties project