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violin from Shackleton's floorboards

Mr Red 04 Jan 22 - 01:36 PM
voyager 04 Jan 22 - 02:40 PM
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GUEST,henryp 05 Jan 22 - 04:00 AM
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Subject: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: Mr Red
Date: 04 Jan 22 - 01:36 PM

wood found in a skip!


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: voyager
Date: 04 Jan 22 - 02:40 PM

great story.

always been a fan of the Shackleton story/myth (worked on the US Antarctic Program).

I'm thinking that the violin made from the cabin floorboards would have sensed the cache of whiskey also found beneath the floor of Shackleton's winter residence.

Have yet to find a proper song for this historic Antarctic explorer.

lol
voyager


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: Bill D
Date: 04 Jan 22 - 07:20 PM

Maybe another verse to "Rolling Home" would do...

I don't think there's much 'myth' to the serious adventure of saving his crew. .... one of the most astonishing achievements I have ever read about. A lot of the credit goes to Worsley
Worsely, who navigated.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 04 Jan 22 - 10:49 PM

The book "Endurance" an account of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic exploration, written by Alfred Lansing (1959) from first person journals of the crew, is one of the most gripping books I have EVER read.

Music and song are briefly mentioned, in particular a banjo player that knew only three tunes.

That the entire crew survived is a credit to British fortitude and Shackleton's leadership.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

photographs within the book give credit to the foresight and planning.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 05 Jan 22 - 04:00 AM

Seamus Eagan of Solas wrote the banjo tune "Vital Mental Medicine," inspired by the book The Endurance, Caroline Alexander's chronicle of explorer Ernest Shackleton.

Ernest Shackleton's Banjo Player - Song from Rustic Roots retreat
Mar 31, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC6yLmnDyl8

Skiing Fiddler; We wrote this original song together about Leonard Hussey, banjo player from the famed Ernest Shackleton expedition to Antarctica at the 8th Annual Rustic Roots retreat in Colorado.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 05 Jan 22 - 04:26 AM

https://www.afloat.ie/sail/historic-boats/item/53124-shackleton-centenary-marked-by-midnight-gathering-in-connemara

The night before Ernest Shackleton died a century ago today (Wed Jan 5) in Antarctica, he wrote in his diary of the “lone star” Sirius which was “hovering gem-like above the bay”. A group of enthusiasts searched for the same star in the sky above Connemara last night (Tues Jan 4) as they marked 100 years since the explorer’s passing with readings, recitations and song.

The group is associated with the Shackleton museum and autumn school in Co Kildare, and they made their midnight rendezvous near Letterfrack, Co Galway. The event was not public, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Letterfrack is where the ship’s cabin in which “The Boss” drew his final breath has been undergoing restoration, since it was donated by Norwegian owner Ulfe Bakke.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 05 Jan 22 - 04:31 AM

ITV News; Scientists from the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey and the University of East Anglia are heading from Chile towards the Thwaites Glacier in the South Pole.

They will be using a fleet of underwater robots, including Boaty McBoatface, to look at the impact global warming's having on the the glacier and its effect on sea level rise around the world.

Fifty million dollars is being spent on the joint UK and US mission to learn more about Thwaites Glacier, its past, and what the future may hold. They are leaving on Wednesday as it is the 100th anniversary of the polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's death.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 06 Jan 22 - 07:42 PM

Inspiring stories, both of Antarctic exploration and of the provenance of the violin.
Steve Burnett, who made the violin, just happens to be our piano tuner! He has also created other violins in honour of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (viola and cello as well), Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Read more about them here especially under the Projects tab: https://www.burnettviolins.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: rich-joy
Date: 08 Jan 22 - 06:34 PM

A song called "SHACKLETON" which was written by West Aussie Nick Turner, can be found here on ReverbNation. It's performed c.2011 by duo Tingley Turner, which is/was? Nick with Jennifer Tingley-Cowley.

https://www.reverbnation.com/tingleyturner


I did have those lyrics written out, but they are currently MiA in the Mess I call home!!
However, I was surprised not to find other compositions about Antarctic explorers .....

Cheers,
R-J


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Jan 22 - 03:57 AM

Two songs from Rude Awakening by Andy Irvine;

Rude Awakening

In the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17, Shackleton famously led all his own party to safety, but Victor Hayward and Aenas McIntosh, two members of the Ross Sea party, lost their lives crossing the sea-ice from Hut Point to Cape Evans.

Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson had been a member of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition in 1907/08 and was drawn back to the Antarctic in 1911 at the head of his own expedition. His epic and tragic Antarctic journey has been referred to as probably the greatest story of lone survival in Polar exploration.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 09 Jan 22 - 04:10 AM

On the morning of 14 April 1916, land was finally sighted with Clarence and Elephant Islands visible some 30 miles away on the horizon. Under a calm and cloud-free sky the three boats ploughed on, inching closer until, the following morning, the Dudley Docker made a landing on the island’s shingle beach, the first solid ground the men had stood on in 497 days.

Irish band The Difference Engine released their debut single 'Elephant Island' on February 15 2011, explorer Ernest Shackleton's birthday.

Joe Dolan from Galway wrote a song about Shackleton's arrival in Stromness, the whaling base in South Georgia; My name is Shackleton. It was recorded by the Planxty of 1983 with Andy Irvine, Arty McGlynn, Dolores Keane, James Kelly, Bill Whelan and Liam O'Flynn.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Jan 22 - 05:32 AM

One character from both Shackleton's and Scott's expeditions who barely mentioned is Tom Crean from Annuscaul in County Kerry. There are a few books written about him in his native country who have just named a research ship after him, but precious little elsewhere.

He is much neglected in Anarctic history despite having been awarded three Polar Medals to Scotts two and Shackleton's one. He also won the Albert Medal the equivalent of the George Medal of later times for saving the life of Edgar Evans in quite dramatic fashion.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: rich-joy
Date: 09 Jan 22 - 08:49 PM

Thanks, GUEST, henryp - good to know there ARE more Antarctic songs!!
R-J


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 10 Jan 22 - 04:57 PM

My pleasure!

Ballad of Tom Crean https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=130163

Apologies. I can't get linkmaker to connect to page.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: JennieG
Date: 10 Jan 22 - 05:40 PM

As a side note, Ozzie photographer Frank Hurley sailed with Shackleton (and with Douglas Mawson) to Antarctica; the photographs he took are a very good record of those expeditions.

I don't, however, recall seeing a picture of a banjo player......


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jan 22 - 10:24 PM

1st off, no Tom Crean banjo, no survivors on Elephant's Island.
I'd like to know what songs he played like - 'It's Hoosh for Supper Tonite'.   

2nd piece -
Difference Engine (Irish Band) - Elephant's Island

I like this band
voyager


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 01:03 AM

Here is SHACKLETON, by Paul Jarman and sung here by "Young Voices of Melbourne" in 2004 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P6VMX80l8Q

This is the Leonard Hussey, banjoist, song that Guest, Henryp linked to above from Song from Rustic Roots retreat!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC6yLmnDyl8

And THIS (as again linked by Guest Henryp above), is an Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder recording of "The Ballad of Tom Crean" recorded circa 1918 by fellow crew members of the Endurance expedition lead by Ernest Shackleton!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Gs2pjpJvs

The Story of Tom Crean, Pt 1 (in both English and Gaelic) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWSkrfKeMuU

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5075E55A0988C922
PLAYLIST - The orchestral soundtrack by Adrian Johnston for the 2-part UK television series Shackleton (2002), directed by Charles Sturridge and starring Kenneth Branagh.

Re Irish band Difference Engine - me too, Voyager!


Cheers, R-J
(However, I still consider there are too few songs celebrating both Antarctic and Arctic Exploration!!!! :)


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 01:31 AM

JennieG wrote above of Australian expedition member and photographer, Frank Hurley.

Here is some of Frank Hurley's diary at State Library of NSW and the sad, sad crushing and sinking of the Endurance :
https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/antarctica-frank-hurley/crushing-endurance

https://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/History/Ernest_Shackleton_pictures.php


Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: Felipa
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 12:39 PM

The Ballad of Tom Crean as posted on Mudcat https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=170850


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: Felipa
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 12:41 PM

see songs posted at https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=130163#2931522


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 05:43 PM

Hussey Banjo

In 1959, Hussey donated the banjo to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. It forms a key exhibit in the story of the Shackleton Expedition. The instrument is officially described by the museum as: Wood, skin and metal zither banjo, inlaid with mother of pearl which belonged to Dr L.D.A. Hussey, the meteorologist on 'Endurance'. The banjo was rescued from the ship before she sank, crushed by the ice of the Weddell Sea. Hussey played it during morale-raising concert parties organised by the survivors while they awaited rescue on Elephant Island.

The banjo has been signed by expedition members and others as follows 'E.H. Shackleton, Frank Wild, Ruby Page le Brawn, Frank A. Worsley, L. Rickenson, George E. Marston, L.D.A. Hussey, A.H. Macklin, Frank Hurley, A.J. Kerr, F.W. Edwards, J.M. Wordie, T.O. Lees, C. Green, A. Cheetham, R.W. James, L. Greenstreet, Robert S. Clark, Harry McNeish'. The banjo comes complete with a leather carrying case.


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Subject: RE: violin from Shackleton's floorboards
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jan 22 - 06:09 PM

Also, in the theatre:

https://www.tomcreanshow.com/


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