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October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing

Bat Goddess 16 Oct 12 - 10:12 AM
Charley Noble 16 Oct 12 - 01:11 PM
Bat Goddess 16 Oct 12 - 01:25 PM
Charley Noble 16 Oct 12 - 01:40 PM
Micca 16 Oct 12 - 02:35 PM
Bat Goddess 16 Oct 12 - 04:36 PM
Bat Goddess 17 Oct 12 - 12:47 PM
MMario 17 Oct 12 - 01:35 PM
Charley Noble 17 Oct 12 - 03:31 PM
MMario 17 Oct 12 - 03:32 PM
Bat Goddess 17 Oct 12 - 03:59 PM
SINSULL 18 Oct 12 - 10:06 AM
MMario 18 Oct 12 - 10:08 AM
Bat Goddess 19 Oct 12 - 08:36 AM
Bat Goddess 19 Oct 12 - 01:56 PM
SINSULL 19 Oct 12 - 07:01 PM
Bat Goddess 19 Oct 12 - 09:51 PM
Micca 20 Oct 12 - 09:00 AM
Charley Noble 20 Oct 12 - 09:49 AM
Bupkes 20 Oct 12 - 11:23 AM
Jeri 20 Oct 12 - 11:40 AM
Charley Noble 20 Oct 12 - 01:19 PM
Bat Goddess 20 Oct 12 - 08:57 PM
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Subject: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 10:12 AM

Our monthly sea shanty, forebitter, and ballad session will take place this Saturday, October 20th, at The Press Room on Daniel Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from 3:30 to 7:30 PM.

Have it on reliable sources (Mudcat) that the peripatetic gnome (Micca) will be at the session along with Celtaddict and it will be truly wonderful to have him at The Press Room again. It's been so long...two whole months. (Setting a new record, Micca! TWICE in the same year!)

And Charley Noble has mentioned on another thread that he's bringing Mike Kennedy from western New York, volunteer at Mystic, who has adapted a couple C. Fox Smith poems to song.

Ernie Pigeon who has been missing in action for a few months (the months of schedules tight with gigs) has promised to be there as well. Would love to see some of the Gloucester crowd as well -- didn't get much time to talk during the Portsmouth Maritime Festival.

Hope we see the regulars AND the irregulars there! Total strangers welcome as well.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:11 PM

Linn-

Yes, I'll be there along with Mike Kennedy from Western New York. Mike has been a sound volunteer with the Mystic Sea Music Festival for decades. He also has adapted over two dozen C. Fox Smith poems for singing, and composed some excellent "traditional " songs himself.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:25 PM

Sounds as if we're in for a great session -- maybe make up for the fact you missed the PMFF, Charley.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 01:40 PM

Linn-

Would be nice to be in more than one place at one time. I suppose it could prove exhausting as well!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Micca
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 02:35 PM

I hope to be there!


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Oct 12 - 04:36 PM

I hope you'll be there, too, Micca!

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 12:47 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: MMario
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 01:35 PM

I wish, I wish, I wish.....


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 03:31 PM

MMario-

You can do it!!!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: MMario
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 03:32 PM

nope - I drove east last weekend - two weekends in a row would be too rough on both body and wallet.


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Oct 12 - 03:59 PM

It's been a long time, Leo, and we'd love to see you back one of these days.

Every third Saturday of the month. Get here by 4 or 5 on Friday and you've got two sessions for the price of one.

Alas, I'm not in a position to offer a bed right now; life is still a bit complicated.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: SINSULL
Date: 18 Oct 12 - 10:06 AM

Leo,
Always a bed here - 45 minutes north of Portsmouth.
SINS


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: MMario
Date: 18 Oct 12 - 10:08 AM

I'll have to plan a trip around this one of these days....


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 19 Oct 12 - 08:36 AM

So...I hope Micca and Janet will be able to get to the Press Room session this afternoon (Friday) in time to get good seats. You may have to negotiate with our resident Scot for the seat next to me, but I'm hoping we can save (saving is usually complicated) the two other seats at the table.

See you later today!

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 19 Oct 12 - 01:56 PM

Any word from the travellers heading in our direction?

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Oct 12 - 07:01 PM

Not a word, Linn. But if they are not here byten I am going to bed. LOL
Rough week.
SINS


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 19 Oct 12 - 09:51 PM

Janet got your phone number from me as we were leaving (about 8:55) so she could call and get your address to punch into her GPS -- Micca hasn't a clue as to how to get to your place.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Micca
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 09:00 AM

Wrong Linn, and I knew the address too, we are here ! arrived about 10.45, Mary was asleep!


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 09:49 AM

See you all at the Press Room, 3:30 pm sharp.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bupkes
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 11:23 AM

Hmm, although I'm in the midst of packing up my house for moving out, it sounds like such a good session brewing that I'll try to come for a couple of hours!

Marty


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 11:40 AM

It's too early, but it's very nice out-- overcast, but WARM-- and I find myself wanting to ramble a bit.


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 01:19 PM

Marty-

Be nice to see you this afternoon.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 08:57 PM

So, Janet and Micca...session got REAL interesting after you left. (But not because you left!) I sang Richard Johnson's "Plum Island National Anthem" (about the island off Newburyport, MA) to the delight of a table of several couples who had just come in off the street. Turns out the birthday boy was a student of Tom's from Whittier Class of 1976, and he came over right after I finished.

So...when I post the playlist tomorrow, there will be a few songs missing when I was too engrossed in conversation.

And Puck, the plush octopus, got me introduced to an artist (whom I think was actually with this party) who quizzed me on the sidewalk about squid, cuttlefish and octopus when I went to the car to retrieve a couple of Tom's CDs.

More mañana...

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Jeri
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 09:11 PM

Oh, it got GREAT!


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Oct 12 - 10:01 PM

Yes, about a dozen or so strong singers, lots of time to do songs, and remarkably, a few quiet moments in between songs. Nice to hear Diann lead "100 Days Out from Vancouver." I also like Ernie's new (to me) rendition of "Bully in the Alley."

Mike Kennedy was impressed with the high proportion of sea songs he hasn't heard before. The song circles sea music folks he runs into in Western New York generally lead more predictable traditional shanties. Mike lead "The Shellback's Song" by Ewan McColl which I haven't heard performed in years.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 10:43 AM

Alrighty, then...

Crew members on board -- Tom Hall (Curmudgeon), Linn Schulz (Bat Goddess), Rose Sheehan, Jeri, Charlie Ipcar (Charley Noble), Mike Kennedy, Ernie Pigeon (NbptErnie) and Amy, Steve Smith, Justine Donovan, Dianne Lavoie, Janet (Celtaddict), Micca, Don Hale, Marty Stock, Bill Lehrman and Carol Pierson, and Kristine and Phil Boncer.

And we sang... (Charley, I'm sure you can correct a few titles) ...
1. When Our Ship Comes Home - Ernie Pigeon
2. Heart of a Sailor - Mike Kennedy
3. Liverpool Packet (Bound Away) - Charlie Ipcar
4. Race of Long Ago - Linn Schulz
5. Lucky Jim Cooke - Micca
6. All for Me Grog - Dianne Lavoie
7. Home, Dearie, Home - Linn
8. Rambo Shanty - Mike
9. Hé Ho Down Below - Ernie
10. Black Bird Get Up - Jeri
11. We Steered For Sailor-Town - Charlie
12. Davey Louston - Justine Donovan
13. Channels - Micca
14. Cedar and Oak - Mike
15. Bully In the Alley - Ernie
16. Leave Her, Johnny - Don Hale (ah! Don doesn't know the
                history of that song at The Press Room...)
17. 150 Days Out From Vancouver - Dianne
18. Breakfast Shanty - Micca (and then they had to head back
                               to Portland)
19. Bold Reilly - Rose Sheehan
20. Johnson Girls - Justine
21. Paris Here I Come - Mike
22. Farewell to Tarwaithie - Don
23. Mobile Bay (Roll the Cotton Down) - Charlie
24. Heave Ya Ho And Away-O - Marty Stock
25. Bay of Biscay - Linn & Jeri
26. Whaling, Catch and Release - Ernie
27. Herrin's Heids - Mike
28. Safely Home At Last - Dianne
29. Hanging Johnny - Justine
30. Maggie May - Linn
31. Men Who've Gone Ashore - Charlie
32. Skipper Jan Rebeck - Marty
33. Sailor Man's Port In a Storm - Ernie
34. Willie of Winsbury - Rose
35. Greenland Whale Fisheries - Don
36. Oh, Riley, Oh, Man - Justine
37. Stormalong, Stormy, Stormalong - Charlie
38. Sailor's Prayer - Linn
39. Wee Pot Stove - Rose
40. Cape Cod Girls - Mike
41. Mary Ellen Carter - Marty
42. One More Ride In Billy's Boat - Ernie
43. Plum Island National Anthem - Linn
[And here's where Tom's former student came over -- Plum Island is off Newburyport; Tom taught in Haverhill, MA; student's wife lived
on Plum Island, etcet etcet. Sooo...I wasn't paying attention to
who was singing what or even how many songs were sung]
44. Away Rio - ??
[lost count]

??. Run Come See Jerusalem - Marty
??. Jamestown Homeward Bound - Don
??. Shellback - Mike
??. Down Trinidad - Ernie
??. Back and the Sides - Rose
??. Pleasant and Delightful - Marty
??. Outside Track - Charlie
??. Ida Lewis - Justine
??. Crossing the Bar - Rose

I was also "accosted" on the street (when I ran out to get a couple of Tom's CDs (of his 1986 tape "Bottle Full for the Shantyman") for his former student and friends) by an artist who quizzed me about Puck, the plush stuffed full of personality octopus Micca picked up for my cephalopod collection at the Mystic Aquarium -- named him after his giant Pacific octopus counterpart at the aquarium.

Incredibly enjoyable evening!

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 03:47 PM

Dianne's song (#28 in list above) is more correctly "Light on the Earth" by Geoff Bartley.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Oct 12 - 04:51 PM

11. John Masefield's poem adapted for singing by Andy Kenna titled "A Night at Dago Tom's."

31. "Drink to the Men Who've Gone Ashore" by marine engineer William McFee, with additional verses by Charlie Ipcar.

Mike's shellback song was composed by Ewan MacColl.

Another excellent afternoon and evening of singing!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Micca
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 07:35 AM

The one you have named as "Rambo" Is ,I suspect, the one we call simply the Breakfast Shanty!!, It sounds like a Marvellous sing as always! We enjoyed what we got of it Thanks Muchly!


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 08:13 AM

No, Micca -- the "Breakfast Shanty" is #18, which you sung just before you left. Mike sang one (#8) he told me was named named "Rambo Shanty" and that was the name I heard in it, but I wasn't sure so I asked him.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 08:18 AM

And ""Rambo's Shanty" is one of Mike's inspired creations.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Micca
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 09:30 AM

AAArgggh Yes I see!!, I get to sometimes still read Mike as Mine even after all these years!!, and I think I was in the Bog when he sang the "Rambo", either that or I was being molested!


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 09:58 AM

Happy trails, Micca!

Give our best to those across the Great Pond.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: GUEST,Don Hale
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 06:14 PM

What history? If I sing "leave Her Johny", will I forever get bad onion rings.......please explain.
                   Don


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Oct 12 - 06:55 PM

"Leave Her" was good; the onion rings were probably like that because it's nearly Halloween. Scary rings. Mordor rings.
"Leave Her" was the Friday nigh closing song for a loooong time, and my guess is people got a little over-exposed to it. I expect people healed from that, but those rings should come with a bottle of Lipitor or sumpin.


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 12:39 AM

"Leave Her" was the Friday nigh closing song for a loooong time, and my guess is people got a little over-exposed to it.

Well I suppose *somebody* had to sing a shanty at the shanty sing :0


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 06:38 PM

Nooooo...we thought once about six years ago or so that enough time had passed and we might revive "Leave Her, Johnny" for the closer at the shanty session...

No.

It's too bad, but it still resonates with some of us.

The timeframe of the original offense was, believe it or not, in the late '80s...maybe into the very early '90s. One of the problems is that no matter what key it was started in, it was unsingable for SOMEbody. And it always went on too long. And not only did we get sick to death of it, but the waitstaff hated it, too. If it ever became a habit, I think the nude over the bar would come over and smash over the singer's head.

It's okay, Don. Once every five or six years is probably do-able without making us wimper in corners or run screaming.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Celtaddict
Date: 23 Oct 12 - 11:52 PM

I am arriving late in this thread, but I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the time! We hated to be bouncing in and out, as a result of trying to be several places at once. We did get to have dinner with Kendall and Jacqui, TruBrit and Tom, and Sinsull. `Both Friday and Saturday were most enjoyable, and a trip north to New Hampshire and Maine is always a pleasure.


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Nov 12 - 04:57 PM

Here's a link to 9 photos I took of this session under the usual challenging conditions: Click here for PIXS

This is a link to my Facebook album so it may not be possible for non-Facebook members to view it.

Anyone else get any photos they are willing to share?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 02 Nov 12 - 11:28 AM

I took some, but it looks as if I neglected to post them (at Facebook). Probably six -- several of Mike and one of Marty with a Smithwick halo. Not sure I'll have time today, but probably tomorrow.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Nov 12 - 11:56 AM

Linn-

Love to see a better one of Mike, and I'm sure he would like to see one too.

Mike finally made it back to Western New York State about midnight. Because of the storm he was forced to stay with us another 4 days. But we managed to record about 20 tracks and even edit 5 of them.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Nov 12 - 08:31 AM

Okay, Charley, here they are --

Shanty Sing Photos At Facebook

My security is set at "Friends" so only my Facebook friends can see them, but you can download them, Charley, or have Mike friend me.

Linn


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Nov 12 - 09:24 AM

Thanks, Linn! I'll forward them to Mike.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: October Press Room (NH) Shanty Sing
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 03 Nov 12 - 09:53 PM

Oh, phooey. I don't get to see them. But I understand about FB privacy.


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