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June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing

Bat Goddess 15 Jun 15 - 02:17 PM
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Subject: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 15 Jun 15 - 02:17 PM

This coming Saturday, June 20th, is the Shanty, Forebitter and Foc's'l Ballad Session at The Press Room, Daniel St. in Portsmouth, NH from 3:30 to 7:30 PM.

Traditionally, it would have been both the regular monthly, and the Sixth Annual Barry Finn Memorial session. But we lost founder Tom Hall in November 2013 and Justine (Barry's widow) and I (Tom's widow) agreed it doesn't seem quite right to have two separate memorial sessions.

So this month's singaround will be a memorial singaround...for Barry Finn, Tom Hall, David Behm (another session regular who passed away in December 2006), and Jay Smith. Jay Smith was the founder of The Press Room and owner from 1976 to 1996. He passed away in September 2002 and Tom instituted the first Press Room Open Sing at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival later that month in his honor. It was so successful that Tom started our monthly shanty sing in January 2003, so I think Jay should be included as the inspiration for this session although he wasn't alive to participate.

Tom chose the June session for Barry's memorial in hopes that singers who had been in the area for the Mystic festival might still be in New England and could make the Press Room memorial session.

I really hope we'll have a good turnout to honor those singers who were such an important part of the Press Room, the Press Room sessions, and the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival.

Please join us in keeping the songs they sang alive and in making the Press Room rafters roar!

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: ranger1
Date: 15 Jun 15 - 03:01 PM

I'll definitely be there. Hoping to bring one of the current crop of Americorps kids and her significant other, as well, but we'll see.


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jun 15 - 11:19 AM

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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jun 15 - 11:20 AM

"Refresh", of course.

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 16 Jun 15 - 10:12 PM

I'd love to go. I've had fun when I've been there, but down here I'll be at the Summer Solstice Festival.


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 18 Jun 15 - 03:42 PM

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Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: GUEST,Pirate of Cape Ann
Date: 19 Jun 15 - 09:39 AM

Someday, we'll all be in Davy Jones' locker. If there was a memorial sing for each individual who carried the slop-bucket forward there would be no time for regular sessions. Each time I belt out a song, I remember those who have plowed ahead of me, in the near and distant past, those whose voices plied their trade and those who carried that tradition along. Some, like Dave, Tom and Barry I saw in the flesh, others are but a thought in my mind of what history has taught us. So, as my voice reverberates off of the Press Room walls, my mind imagines that they are right there with me and I can almost hear their harmonies, edging me on to give it my best! See you tomorrow!


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 19 Jun 15 - 01:55 PM

That wraps it up, Pirate of Cape Ann. We're all remembering -- with just about every song we sing -- those who have come before us, including those who are no longer with us here.

I learned and now sing so many songs from Tom Hall and from Jay Smith. And became familiar with songs through David Behm and especially Barry Finn.

This morning I was working on my archive from 2009 -- that was the year of Tom's loss of voice and vocal cord cancer surgery, and the year Barry Finn died. Tom and I couldn't go to Barry's funeral because we were on the Downeaster to Boston for tests, etc. prior to Tom's first throat surgery the next day.

The physical presence of all four of them is felt so often at The Press Room. They're still with us and touch our hearts and voices even if we can't physically reach out and grab their hands. I miss singing with each one of them so much.

Alexander Thompson reminded me of what Jean Redpath said when she eulogized Robert J. Lurtzema back in 2000. She said, "Cry if you must, parting is hell. But life goes on, so sing as well."

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 20 Jun 15 - 05:28 AM

How I wish I could be there. Please sing one in my name. 'Doodle Let Me Go' would be good. Have a great singin honour of those two fine lads. Cheers, ROY


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Jun 15 - 08:59 AM

I will, Roy -- truly wish you could be here with us.

I'll sing my version of "Madam Gashay's", though, because that's what I know. Chorus of "Do, do let me go", not "doodle".

Love the folk process!

I'm learning more and more of Tom's songs, both land and sea. And I taught "Down Below" to Barry. (I got it from Evan Leonard.) Others sing David's songs...and the Jay Smith songs I sing aren't maritime.

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bupkes
Date: 20 Jun 15 - 11:54 AM

I and some Gloucester friends look forward to coming up this fine day!

Marty


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Jun 15 - 10:57 AM

Odd. I just found myself cookie less and had to sign in.

It's a lazy, rainy, Sunday here. I'll try to get the song list posted later today. Tomorrow at the latest. Lovely session yesterday and a fine tribute to our Absent Friends.

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Jun 15 - 06:00 PM

The crew was me (Bat Goddess; Linn Schulz), Dave Hallowell, Peter Hale, Dianne Lavoie, Gardi Winchester (Pirate of Cape Ann), Barry O'Brien (for awhile -- he's recovering from 6 broken ribs), Doug Mahoney from Seattle, Bob Eaton, Marty Stock (Bupkes), Don Hale, Jeri, Carol Coronis, Justine Donovan, Gail & Jim Finn with their daughter Amanda, Tami Bill, Bill Perry, Bruce MacIntyre, Alexander Thompson & Liz Duff, Bill Lehrman & Carol Pierson, Peter, Audi & Zinnia Souza, Peter Bixby, Dave Nunes, W.B., Phyllis Richard-Sloat, Gail Diderickson and her sister Janice, and a couple more people from Gloucester whose names I don't know. (Please let me know!) I hope I didn't forget anyone.

I brought the gavel, or should I say, The Gavel. And had to tell the story again, too. Back in the early 1990s, David Behm, who was a wood turner, made the hand turned maple gavel for Tom Hall (Curmudgeon) to keep order at our Friday Press Room trad sessions. Even in the comparatively early days (session got started in 1982), it was often like herding cats. A few years ago I brought the gavel and a few other items for "Show and Tell" because a lot of the session regulars weren't yet coming to the session in the early '90s. I said that Tom had actually never USED the gavel...but pointed out that it was in MY hands now.

And what we sang was --
1. Jolly Roving Tar - Dave Hallowell
2. Isle au Haut - Dianne Lavoie
3. Sailor's Prayer [Tom Lewis] - Barry O'Brien
4. Boys of Killybegs - Bob Eaton
5. Whiskey-O, Johnny-O - Linn Schulz
6. Bully In the Alley - Marty Stock
7. Yangtze River - Pete Hale
8. Rolling Down the River - Justine Donovan
9. Cruising 'Round Yarmouth - Linn Schulz
10. Carrion Crow - Gardi Winchester
11. Come Up the Stairs - Doug Mahoney
12. Shenandoah - Amanda Finn
13. Saltpeter Shanty - Don Hale
14. John Dead - Jeri
15. Marching Inland - Dianne Lavoie
16. Barrett's Privateers - Pete Hale
17. Alabama John Cherokee - Barry O'Brien
18. Race of Long Ago - Linn Schulz
19. Santiano - Carol Coronis
20. South Australia - Jim Finn
21. Noah's Ark - Bob Eaton
22. St. Brendan's Voyage - Doug Mahoney
23. Cannery Shed - Alexander & Liz
24. London Julie - Justine Donovan
25. I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me - Dianne Lavoie
26. Ida Lewis - Justine Donovan
27. Out On the Ocean [tune] - Doug Mahoney (& Pete Hale, Bill Perry)
28. Pleasant and Delightful - Marty Stock
29. Fire Down Below - Jeri
30. John Kanaka - Gardi Winchester
31. White Squall - Pete Hale
32. 16 Fishermen Raving - Doug Mahoney
33. Rose of Allendale - Gail Finn
34. Paddy Lay Back - Bill Perry
35. Three Score and Ten - Bob Eaton
36. Plum Island National Anthem - Linn Schulz
37. Song About Barry - Alexander Thompson & Gardi Winchester
38. Baidin Fheilimi - Jim Finn
39. Donkey Riding - Peter Bixby
40. Astoria's Bar - Linn Schulz
41. Johnny Come Down to Hilo - Peter Souza
42. Bulgine Run - Bruce MacIntyre
43. Shake Her, Johnny, Shake Her - Linn Schulz
44. Cod Liver Oil - Doug Mahoney
45. Paddy West - Don Hale
46. Good-bye My Riley-O - Justine Donovan
47. Heave Ya Ho - Marty Stock
48. Aboard the Kangaroo -Pete Hale
49. Erie Canal - Liz Duff
50. Ye Marners All - Peter Bixby
51. Martin Greigh - Pete Hale
52. Dirty Old Town - Doug Mahoney
53. Hard Times In Old Virginia - Audi Souza
54. Maggie May - Linn Schulz
55. Keep On Fishin' [Jon Campbell] - Bob Eaton
56. Chicken On a Raft - Pete Souza
57. If Not For the Whiskey - Dave Nunes
58. Bold Fisherman - Bruce MacIntyre
59. Crazy [short, crazy version from his aunt] - Alexander Thompson
60. Being a Pirate - Liz Duff (with a few new verses about hair & brains)
61. Grey Funnel Line - Don Hale
62. Crossing the Bar - Marty Stock
63. Nelson's (Seaman's) Prayer - Don Hale & Company

Again, please let me know of any corrections or additions. Thanks!

Charlie, we missed you, but Dahlov needed to get to Boston.

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 21 Jun 15 - 06:14 PM

This is something I should have read yesterday at the session.

Last year on Tom's birthday in September, I didn't want to be at home, so I headed to mid-coast Maine and partially retraced a trip Tom and I had taken 16 years before. In Cundy's Harbor I walked straight to the three prominent slate markers for poet Robert P. Tristram Coffin, his wife Ruth, and their daughter Peggy…right where Tom and I had left them sixteen years ago. Besides taking photos, I transcribed the epitaphs. RPT's was probably from one of his poems, but I've not yet located which one. I'm sure he wrote the epitaph for Ruth, and that's what I should have read at yesterday's memorial session. I teared up as I transcribed it and I choked on the last lines last fall as I read it aloud. (The stone's tympanum has three fir trees and a 6-inch band of life-sized strawberry plants – same as her husband's.)

Ruth Phillip Coffin
Died April 5, 1947

Summers, when the years were young,
You climbed this hill, you chose
This graveyard for your own between
The spruces and wild rose.

Now on this island where you found
Wild strawberries and love
You lie, in the graveyard of your choice.
And the sea winds blow above.

Deer stare at the tinkling cows.
Rest, where you chose to be.
The high fog comes in over the hill
Gray eternity.


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 22 Jun 15 - 06:19 PM

Does anybody read this? Are there any corrections or additions?

Linn


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 22 Jun 15 - 11:11 PM

I've read it, but because I wasn't there I have no corrections or additions to suggest.


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: GUEST,Don Hale
Date: 22 Jun 15 - 11:26 PM

Of course we read it, Linn! I just finished getting the song list into a Word document and printing a copy. Helps me to not sing the same thing every month, as well as starting me on a search about the songs sung, many of which I don't know the title of, let alone the lyrics or origins of. Also, I'd like to find and learn a song that was sung by David Behm, for next June's session.
                        
                                             Don


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Subject: RE: June Press Room(NH) Memorial Shanty Sing
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 23 Jun 15 - 06:36 AM

Thanks! I need the feedback as much as, earlier in the cycle, I need readers to refresh the thread so it doesn't look as if I'm the only one refreshing it and keeping it wher it wil be seen for the week leading up to the session.

Linnf


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