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Blow, Ye Winds, in the Morning *

  • 1. Padstow May Song, The
    2. To Portsmouth
    3. Allee-Allee-O Two in a Boat, The
    4. A-Roving
    5. Traditional Sword Dances (Bobbie Shaftoe)
    6. Mermaid, The
    7. Our Gallant Ship
    8. Cape Cod Girls
    9. Pay Me My Money Down
    10. Boney
    11. Seamen's Hymn, The
    12. One Thought Ever at the Fore (The Divine Ship)
    13. Blow Ye Winds in the Morning
    14. I'se the B'y That Builds the Boat
    15. Away Rio
    16. Mingulay
    17. New Oysters
    18. All Things Are Quite Silent
    19. Pleasant and Delightful
    20. Golden Vanity, The
    21. Sailing Home (Leave Her, Johnny)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD-1084

  • Credits
    ProducerRaine Miller
    EngineerDavid Griesinger

    Personnel includes: Sarah Gregory (guitar, bass); Bill Smith (banjo, harmonica, accordion); Neal MacMillan (banjo, pipes); Michael Punzak, Marshall Barron (fiddle); Hildur Colot (flute); Susan Bauhan, Sarah Bauhan (pennywhistle); Terrence Tobias (accordion); John Fleagle (cornetto, percussion); Nigel Nathan (trombone, background vocals); Jerome Epstein (piano, concertina); Allan Sly (organ); Gary Rieger (percussion); Nath Anderson, Emily Beasley, Nicholas Beasley, David Brandt, Polly Fiveash, Sarah (background vocals).
    Recorded at Paine Hall and Sanders Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts.
    Personnel: Polly Fiveash, Nath Anderson, Amanda Kilgore, Nicholas Beasley, David Brandt (vocals); Sarah Gregory (guitar); Neal MacMillan (banjo, pipe); Bill Smith (banjo, accordion); Marshall Barron (fiddle); Hildur Colot (flute); Sarah Bauhan (pennywhistle); Jermone Epstein (concertina, piano); John Fleagle (cornet, drums, percussion); Nigel Nathan (trombone); Allan Sly (organ); Gary Rieger (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Susan Cooper.
    Recording information: Paine Hall and Sanders Theater, Harvard University.
    Director: John Langstaff.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: David Jones; Katherine Emory.
    Arranger: Jermone Epstein.
    Revels Company founder John Langstaff brings his love of traditional music to Paine Hall and Sanders Theatre in Harvard with Blow, Ye Winds, in the Morning. 21 shanties, ballads, pub songs, and poems, performed by the Revel Players chronicle the joys, sorrows, and workdays of fisherman, sailors, whaling men, and their wives and children, utilizing accordions, fiddles, and voices to capture the period's blue-collar simplicity. The album works like a play -- though it follows no set narrative -- and it's charms lie in the passion and care that the performers have for the material. The choral arrangements on "Mingulay" and "the Seaman's Hymn" are chill-inducing triumphs, conjuring up hordes of townsfolk lamenting fallen friends and relatives, while rousing shanties like "Cape Cod Girls" and "Away Rio" rival the works of A.L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl. Those looking for bare-bones renditions of nautical classics would be better off with any of Topic Records' excellent seafaring compilations, while those interested in beautifully rehearsed, played, and executed dances and work songs would do well picking up this wonderful slice of ocean memorabilia. ~ James Christopher Monger

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