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New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!

greg stephens 18 Jun 09 - 07:42 AM
Banjiman 18 Jun 09 - 07:44 AM
Will Fly 18 Jun 09 - 07:48 AM
Ross Campbell 18 Jun 09 - 07:51 AM
Will Fly 18 Jun 09 - 02:02 PM
Peace 19 Jun 09 - 02:30 AM
greg stephens 19 Jun 09 - 05:42 AM
greg stephens 20 Jun 09 - 06:32 PM
Marilyn 21 Jun 09 - 04:58 AM
Mr Red 21 Jun 09 - 12:46 PM
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Subject: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 18 Jun 09 - 07:42 AM

(Warning: Advertising Feature)
I think when you've made your first 3000 posts you are entitled to an advertising slot on Mudcat, so here goes.

HOT NEWS
At last, the long awaited reissue is out. Twenty years ago, the Boat Band first fitted out Harbinger, the old admiralty launch,double diagonal planking and all; set sail in in 1989; and started their Scottish island touring. For a 20th anniversary celebration, Harbourtown Records have reissued our first two cassette-only albums, "Back Up and Push" ('89) and "Take Me Over the Tide" ('90). They is a double CD package: HARCD053, under the "Take Me Over the Tide" name. Which is great news, as your old cassettes are probably long worn out.
Here are the listings, to whet your appetite:

TAKE ME OVER THE TIDE
(All trad except as indicated)

1. The Captain Go Ashore
2. J`Etais au Bal
3. Shallow Brown
4. Woodchopper`s Reel/ Lancaster Hornpipe/ Harbinger Hornpipe (Paul Guppy)
5. Crawdad Song
6. Muntilor (trad arr W Van Wely/G Stephens)
7. The Lady in the Boat/ The New Rigged Ship/ The Ship in Full Sail
8. The Ship in Distress
9. Soldier`s Joy/ Miss McLeod`s Reel/ Fairy Dance
10. Run Come See Jerusalem (Blake Higgs)
11. Mama Rosin (Mama Inez) (Grenet/Gilbert)
12. Take Me Over the Tide



BACK UP AND PUSH

1. Bechet Rhumba (G Stephens)
2. The Onions
3. Bright Morning Stars
4. Gumbo Frog (G Stephens)
5. Trouble in Mind (Richard M Jones)
6. Cripple Creek / Old Joe Clark/ Kitchen Girl
7. Pig Ankle Rag
8. Dink`s Song
9. Back up and Push
10. Balma Mines
11. Single Girl
12. Magic Island Merengue (S Bechet)

Anybody fancies a copy, PM me your address and I'll send it off. They'll be £11(p&p inc) in the UK. Foreigners, lesser breeds without the law etc, terms to be discussed.
Cheers
Greg


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Banjiman
Date: 18 Jun 09 - 07:44 AM

I'll have one off you when we see you at KFFC in September Greg.

I look forward to hearing it.

Paul


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Jun 09 - 07:48 AM

Greg - those famous words: "The cheque's in the post" are true for me (for a change!).


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 18 Jun 09 - 07:51 AM

PM'd you, Greg. Looking forward to hearing it.
Ross


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Jun 09 - 02:02 PM

Greg - I have the Woodchopper's Reel set on the CD player as I write this. Magnificent! Thanks so much for getting this album in the post to me.

This is also a shameless plug - for one of the most original and interesting bands on the scene. Even if the music is 20 years old - buy it!


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Peace
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 02:30 AM

Refresh


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Jun 09 - 05:42 AM

Will Fly: thank you very much for the kind words. I was a little nervous about this reissue, stuff twenty years old can be very dated. But actually, in this case, I think we may fit in better with some of the Young Prefix-Folk better now than we did in 1989. Anyway, on critical listening I reckon the Shallow Brown and Muntilor tracks stand up pretty well, for a start.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Jun 09 - 06:32 PM

Mind you, who am I to talk about critical listening? Has anybody with a copy got any comments to offer?


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Marilyn
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 04:58 AM

Greg: Mind you, who am I to talk about critical listening? Has anybody with a copy got any comments to offer?

Yes, I have. Can't stop listening to Muntilor in particular, very haunting and beautiful. Wonderful stuff. Haven't had time to listen to the second CD yet so more treats in store.

Marilyn


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 12:46 PM

Greg
Do you have a website listing your gigs?


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 04:24 PM

The linkmaker doesn't seem to be working, or maybe I am doing something wrong. Anyway, harbourtownrecords.com or myspace.com/boatbanduk both have listings for the Boat Band. Which may or not be up to date, depending how efficient I have been recently.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Spleen Cringe
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 04:35 PM

Well, what a great treat this turned out to be! An excellent set of mongrel traditional songs and tunes shot through with a raw and soulful rock and roll swagger and raunch. It's as if Lonnie Donegan hadn't joined the great skiffle group in the sky, but moved to New Orleans, got rip roaring drunk and decided to set up a strictly non-conformist ceilidh band. Nice grainy, organic sound too - nothing too slick or smooth. I'm loving it; my long-suffering partner, who's heartily sick of my folk CDs is loving it; my six year old son is loving it and dancing round the living room with a great big shitkicking grin... Result! Nice one, Greg and chums.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Rafflesbear
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 04:38 PM

It may not be the main stage but playing Glastonbury sounds a pretty good gig to me

Boat Band at Glastonbury


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Sttaw Legend
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 04:46 PM

Boat Band myspace


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 Jun 09 - 09:32 AM

Of to sunny Glasto for six days, will deal with any orders or AOB on this thread on my return. Anybody who is coming to the festival: we are on the Croissant Neuf stage on Friday at 2PM, plus various other unscheduled cafes, shebeens, camp fires etc.
Cheers
Greg


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Banjiman
Date: 23 Jun 09 - 09:36 AM

I'd love to be coming, haven't been since about '96, maybe one day when the kids are a bit older.......

Have fun Greg.

Paul


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 08:16 AM

I see the Boat Bnad are listed on Webfeet to be at Sidmouth (indetermintate).
6th & 7th according to MySpace but at midnight? Mamou Mia!
I will be dancing as laong as my legs hold up.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 24 Jun 09 - 08:28 AM

Sidmouth Programme only lists one BB event (so far) that looks a bit like a concert. I prefer to dance. The Blackmore ceilidh is a family thing. Lets hope we can two-step in the church.

7.30pm Methodist Church
The Boat Band
£10 (£5)


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 30 Jun 09 - 11:51 AM

Mr Red: belive me, we would love to play for some cajun dancing at Sidmouth, it is always very popular. Perhaps you should send a PM to Mudcatter Ruth Archer making your point: she is not unconnected with the programming at Sidmouth, they do say!
We were, at one point, going to play for a dance on the Thursday afternoon, but for some reason that one isn't happening. We are doing a variety of gigs over the Thursday and Friday, but alas none with dance space. But do make your point to the powers that be, things can change.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Roberto
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 06:15 AM

I've sent a PM to Greg Stephens about buying the Boat band CDs, but I've received no answer: please, Greg, look at yuor personal page. R


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 07:29 AM

Bit behind with my correspondence, been away for a week at Glastonbury festival, enjoying the merciful absence of computers. Roberto now contacted.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: davyr
Date: 01 Jul 09 - 10:26 AM

Absolutely spiffing version of "Ship in Distress"!


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Ian Hendrie
Date: 02 Jul 09 - 07:38 AM

CD request sent. Look forward to hearing this.
Ian


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Jul 09 - 07:46 AM

Interesting that davyr says: Absolutely spiffing version of "Ship in Distress"! (for which thanks very much, by the way).
A reviewer in 1990 said "it should have been sunk with all hands". Tot homines, quot sententiae, as they say.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 03:07 AM

Greg,

is that £11 for the two or £11 each?

Cheers

L in C


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 03:30 AM

£11 for the two, Les - including p&p.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 03:43 AM

Thanks Will, what a bargain

Les


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Will Fly
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 04:35 AM

It is indeed, Les - enjoy it.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Mr Red
Date: 03 Jul 09 - 07:27 AM

Greg - looks like I will be sitting listening at the Methodist Church.
Which is all to the better as K-Zee are booked to play at the Anchor, and given that Hekety are booked for the 12pm slot I guess it will be maybe 4=30.
However as the Ceilidh in the Ford is "defintely not & never has been" happening at 3pm I may have to miss some of K-Zee.

And Hekety again at 11pm - my feet may not survive.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 07 Jul 09 - 04:51 PM

Anybody spotted us getting any radio plays(ordinary or internet)? I'm a bit to busy with the Penkhull Mystery Plays(show on Saturday) to keep an eye or an ear out. I know Genevieve Tudor played us two or three weeks back. Any other sightings?


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 06:52 AM

Well, I've just been sent info that we've been played on Danny Watson's Folk Show a couple of times in Australia, and on the Prairie Ceildh in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Interesting how stuff gets around.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 07:42 AM

Its called fame Greg. You deserve it.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 08 Jul 09 - 12:00 PM

Well, we certainly seem to be big in the Colonies and Shropshire. But we've still got a bit to go to get through to the metropolitan sophisticated audiences.


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 12:58 PM

Here is the Oban Times review of "Take Me Over the Tide". Nice to know we are remembered in our old cruising grounds.


TURNING TIDE FOR THE BOAT BAND

The recent jaunt, overseas to Iona, gave me the chance to review the Boat bands latest album release. Once you get to Mull, the hour long Bowman bus bonus to Fionnaphort needs a soundtrack. Down through Lochdon into Glen More and on past Pennygael to Bunessan - it is just so majestic! All that a trip like this needs is a musical soundtrack. I got wired in, pressed the iPod into service and off we went with "Take me over the tide." It is very apt title given the two ferry journeys to get to paradise that is Iona. The new CD celebrates the old and very early Boat band days of 1989/ 1990. You see back then the Boat band had gathered at Wendy's shed in order to get some music recorded for the inaugural tour. That done, the band set sail in an old Admiralty wooden launch from Glasson Dock, Lancashire and headed north and west to plunder the Scottish isles audiences in return for great concert of live tunes and the aforementioned music on cassette to take home. The routine, when touring on the old boat that gave the band its name, was to head for "a likely looking harbour" set anchor, and ready themselves to get ashore where a handy pub was spied and a gig would be secured. The opening number would be a rousing tune to get the audience onside, would usually be a jaunty Cajun ditty – and the evening was underway. It's a formula that has stood the test of time and 20 years on - the music remains very strong. Nautical jigs, a sprinkle of disaster songs (always a mainstay of the folk tradition – a good concert can be judged by the body count!) and a lament at the lack of fish caught on the journey to Mull - are just some of the highlights of this great double album. The Mishnish Bar in Tobermory, a favourite Boat band haunt, is celebrated with a trio of tunes that set the feet tapping. Our journey north on the Craignure – Tobermory leg of our trip to the isles was again to be on one of Bowman's finest coaches. This offered the chance of an unexpected, but fantastic guided tour, by way of an informative commentary which we were treated by our driver. And this on a service bus! We arrived in Tob ready for a dram in the Mish. Well, it's traditional! You just can't beat Mull and Iona for the "staycation", you know. The Boat band will be welcomed back!
Campbell Cameron


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Subject: RE: New Boat Band CD Sensation!!!
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 31 Aug 09 - 01:51 PM

I enjoyed hearing you playing Cajun in the Rugby Club at Sidmouth (and there was dancing too!)

Kitty


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