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John Minear College-based Chanty Ensemble-Pomona, Calif (42) RE: College-based Chanty Ensemble 18 Mar 14

Hey Gibb, I have just finished watching the last three parts of this concert. I have never heard chanty singing like this before. What a fine piece of work all the way around from the research to the production itself. The students obviously enjoyed it and I really liked the way you got all of them involved in doing leads. The feel of the chanties was very realistic. And I've never seen them done in thematic sets like this. That was very enjoyable and educational, too, and showed most effectively the similarities and diversities of the different chanty families. I especially liked the "Sally Brown/Shenandoah" and the "Stormalong" sets. I'll bet some of these chanties have never been performed before. Your students seemed right at home with them. Those of us who have followed your research work here on Mudcat know how much went into each and every one of those songs in terms of background study and development. The program notes also make that clear. Congratulations to you and your crew, and may the Spring Concert be even more fun. I look forward to seeing and hearing it. Keep up all of your good work and it is especially gratifying to see you doing this in a college setting with young people. They are very lucky. Oh, and I appreciated the focus on the obvious Afro-American background of these chanties.

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