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Sea Music


  • 1. Strike the Bell
    2. Farewell Nova Scotia
    3. Cape Cod Girls
    4. Shenandoah
    5. Blow Ye Winds in the Morning
    6. All for Me Grog
    7. Leaving of Liverpool
    8. Windy Old Weather
    9. Sloop John B.
    10. Long Time Ago
    11. Mingulay Boat Song
    12. Deep Blue Sea
    13. Mermaid, The
    14. Rolling Home
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0004

  • Credits
    ProducerDan Zanes
    EngineerRob Friedman

    Personnel: Dan Zanes (vocals, 6-& 12-string guitars, banjo, mandolin); Patsy Primus, Rankin' Don, Sam Sullivan (vocals); Donald Saat (guitar, banjo, background vocals); Barbara Brousal (guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Cary Tamarkin (guitar, background vocals); Cynthia Hopkins (accordion, background vocals); John Denicola (upright bass, background vocals); Yoshi Waki (upright bass); Rosita Isles (drums, background vocals).
    Personnel: Dan Zanes (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, cuatro, banjo, mandolin); Donald Saaf (vocals, guitar, tenor banjo, background vocals); Barbara Brousal (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Bob Sullivan (vocals, guitar); Sophia Mockler (vocals, violin); Cynthia Hopkins (vocals, accordion, musical saw); Andrew Mockler (vocals, horns); John DeNicola (vocals, upright bass); Jenny Mockler, Suzanne Sullivan, Lucas Mockler, Aggie Decaul, Louise Sullivan, Anna Zanes (vocals); Rob Friedman (pump organ); Yoshi Waki (upright bass).
    Audio Mixers: Dan Zanes; Rob Friedman.
    Liner Note Authors: Stan Hugill; William Main Doerflinger; Alan Lomax.
    Recording information: the Kitchen.
    Photographer: Anna Williams.
    Former Del Fuegos frontman Dan Zanes continues his homespun children's folk series with a set of shanties and other nautical delights on the appropriately titled Sea Music. In the grand tradition of briny stalwarts like Ewan MacColl, Paul Clayton, and A.L. Lloyd, Zanes keeps things simple, employing a small folk ensemble and chorus that allow the songs the infinite headroom that their menial subject matter requires. As expected, there's an underlying sense of whimsy that caters to the younger crowd, but Zanes seems genuinely inspired by the genre, offering heartfelt renditions of classics like "Shenandoah" and "Mingulay Boat Song" with a deep historical reverence. The performances are raw and authentic -- they were recorded in his kitchen -- and the instrumentation flirts with country, blues, and British folk with grace and humor. The Smithsonian Folkways-style packaging and extensive liner notes convey his passion for preservation, providing everything from chord changes to recommended recordings for further study, but it's the earthy enthusiasm that bubbles up beneath work songs like "Cape Cod Girls" and "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" that resonates the deepest. Sea Music is quietly bombastic, thoroughly charming, and surprisingly authentic, especially when the quintessential drunk sailor song, "All for Me Grog," is led by an 11-year-old. ~ James Christopher Monger

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