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The show about sea shanties, showcasing the singers and stories behind the songs. Hosted by Pressgang Mutiny and featuring guests and discussion about all things shanty and sea music.

The show about sea shanties, showcasing the singers and stories behind the songs. Hosted by Pressgang Mutiny and featuring guests and discussion about all things shanty and sea music.

Location:

Canada

Description:

The show about sea shanties, showcasing the singers and stories behind the songs. Hosted by Pressgang Mutiny and featuring guests and discussion about all things shanty and sea music.

Language:

English


Episodes

19. "Translates from Polish" with Michał Gramatyka of Perły i Łotry

7/8/2022
Michał is a member of the Polish shanty group Perły i Łotry and a sitting Member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland. Shanties play a special role in the Polish music scene, which is surprising given the country is largely land-locked! Michał talks to us all about how shanties came to be so popular in his country and what makes shanty singing in Poland different from anywhere else in the world. We also get his on-the-ground perspective on the war in neighbouring Ukraine. ⚓︎ Shanties...

Duration:00:37:32

18. "Adequate!" with JD of the Longest Johns

6/18/2022
Jon “JD” Darley is a member of the chart-topping shanty group The Longest Johns, based out of Bristol, UK. Their rendition of “Wellerman” went viral on TikTok in the early days of 2021 and launched them into stardom. But even prior to that, The Longest Johns were innovating new ways to reach new audiences with their music online. In this episode, we talk to Jon about the whirlwind of the last two years, how they have blended their love of traditional music with their love of video gaming,...

Duration:00:59:55

17. "I was the loose cannon in the middle" with Heather Wood

5/27/2022
Heather Wood first rose to fame as part of the legendary 60s traditional vocal harmony group The Young Tradition, alongside Peter Bellamy and Royston Wood. In this episode, Heather shares her story from deciding to leave the army to take up singing, through the formation of the YT, her adventures around the world including singing with Janis Joplin at the Newport Folk Festival, and Peter’s suicide and legacy. Heather is an inspiration, and a very fine singer, songwriter, and storyteller...

Duration:00:53:45

16. "This is a Shanty Family" with Kimber's Men

4/22/2022
Kimber's Men are shanty legends. John, Neil, Gareth, and Steve joined us from Gareth's kitchen in West Yorkshire to sing a few songs and have more than a few laughs. We talk about how they got their start, some of their biggest highlights and fondest memories, and the joys of singing together. After 20 years, 4 albums, and hundreds of concerts there's not much they haven't seen or sung! ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny - Live...

Duration:00:58:09

16. "This is a Shanty Family" with Kimber's Men

4/22/2022
Kimber's Men are shanty legends. John, Neil, Gareth, and Steve joined us from Gareth's kitchen in West Yorkshire to sing a few songs and have more than a few laughs. We talk about how they got their start, some of their biggest highlights and fondest memories, and the joys of singing together. After 20 years, 4 albums, and hundreds of concerts there's not much they haven't seen or sung! ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny - Live...

Duration:00:58:08

15. "Creating community by singing together" with Ian Robb and James Stephens

3/9/2022
Ian Robb and James Stephens are singers and musicians based near Ottawa who have had a front row seat to the evolution of the Canadian folk music and sea music communities since the ‘70s and have played with groups such as The Friends of Fiddler’s Green and Finest Kind. They have just released a new album, Declining with Thanks that contains a mix of traditional and composed songs and, of course, some songs of the sea. In this wide-ranging episode, we explore the ever-present and timely...

Duration:01:02:07

14. "Announcing the Fundy Sea Shanty Festival" with Gary Caines

1/28/2022
In August of 2022, St. Martin's, NB will host the very first Fundy Sea Shanty Festival. Featuring concerts, workshops, children's programming, and even a pirate march, the Festival will be the only shanty festival in Eastern Canada. Gary Caines is the principal organizer of the Festival and is also member of shanty group Before the Mast. In this episode, he talks to us about how the idea for the Festival came about, what he's hoping it will achieve, and his ambition to grow the Festival to...

Duration:00:39:48

13. "One life is not enough to know all of it" with Miguel Perez of El Pony Pisador

1/7/2022
Miguel Perez is a singer and multi-instrumentalist and a member of El Pony Pisador. Based out of Barcelona, El Pony have been making waves in the shanty world with their irreverent and fun interpretations on classic shanties, including on their latest album "It's Never Too Late for Shanties". Miguel talks to us about how the group first found shanties, how they've been received in their native Catalonia, the way they play with musical inspiration from other genres as wide-ranging as ragtime...

Duration:00:56:18

12: "Bring me back a song" with Coda

12/17/2021
Coda are a County Mayo-based group of seven singers and musicians who have developed their own unique and richly-harmonised approach to vocal performance from diverse vocal and instrumental backgrounds, including folk, trad, blues, rock, pop music and of course shanties - all uniquely complemented by their multi-part vocal harmony experience gained from classical choral music. We talk to them about the intersection of shanties and Irish traditions, their experience going viral with their...

Duration:00:58:39

11. "My voice is attracted to truth" with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea

10/29/2021
Séan McCann is a founder of the iconic Canadian band Great Big Sea and an Order of Canada recipient for his advocacy for people living with mental health and addiction issues. His latest album, Shantyman, is a powerful return to the music of the sea that he grew up with. We speak to him about his first encounters with these songs, recording with Great Big Sea, his journey through addiction to recovery, and the vision behind his fantastic new album. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits:...

Duration:00:36:05

10. "That's the time we let go our voice" with The Barrouallie Whalers Project

10/15/2021
The town of Barrouallie on the leeward side of the island of St. Vincent has a long history of longshore whaling. Taking to sea in 25-foot wooden whaleboats powered by rowing and sails, the whalers of Barrouallie developed a rich tradition of a capella work songs, many of which share their roots with well-known deepwater sea shanties. In this episode, we talk with George “Tall 12” Frederick, one of the most successful harpoon gunners in Barrouallie history who also has a genuine claim to...

Duration:01:26:17

9. "A shanty is a template for a song" with Ian Bell

8/27/2021
Ian Bell is a brilliant singer and songwriter from Southwestern Ontario with a deep fascination and passion for the traditional music of the Great Lakes. We met up with him at the Port Dover Harbour Museum to sing some songs and chat about the history of Great Lakes maritime trade, the songs it gave rise to, and how all that music would have been lost to time were it not for the efforts of one man. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang...

Duration:00:44:52

8. "A lot of saltwater in our blood, and a lot of our blood in the saltwater" with The Yarmouth Shantymen

7/9/2021
In the late 1800s, ships from Yarmouth, on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, could be found in every major seaport in the world. Many people in Yarmouth today can trace their heritage back generations to sailors, shipbuilders, traders, fishermen, and port workers – including members of the Yarmouth Shantymen. They’ve been belting out shanties around the East Coast for almost 40 years and it was a chance encounter with them that encouraged members of Pressgang Mutiny to give this whole...

Duration:01:10:17

7. "Give us a shanty, Shanty Jim!" with Jim Mageean

5/28/2021
Jim Mageean, or “Shanty Jim”, has been leading some of the best shanty sessions in the world for decades. His lengthy discography now includes his most recent project, a series of books and accompanying recordings titled Heave Away, Haul Away and Sail Away. In our first trans-Atlantic episode, we chat about Jim’s long history with shanties, his family history down the mines, why there are so many folk songs from Newcastle, and his early encounters with Stan Hugill, a bottle of rum, and three...

Duration:01:06:16

6. "Pirates can't sing harmony" with Seán Dagher

5/1/2021
Seán Dagher has one of the most widely heard and recognized voices in all of shanties thanks to his work on the soundtrack for the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. He talks to us about how he got involved with that project, the process of recording it (including the “drunk takes”), and how the success of the game and soundtrack changed his life. We also discuss his groundbreaking work with the Montreal music project La Nef and the runaway success of his Shanty of the Week YouTube...

Duration:00:49:05

5. "And the rest, as they say, is herstory" with The Johnson Girls

4/17/2021
Shanties were long considered "men's songs" and it was frowned upon for women to lead them. That is, until The Johnson Girls and other pioneering female singers decided to break through the "especially bearded, especially beer-bellied" resistance. In this episode, we chat about their many wild adventures, why they love shanties and how they pick and arrange songs, and the many great singers who supported them along the way. And of course, we get some fantastic singing in. Don't miss this...

Duration:01:10:19

4. "A new frame" with Gibb Schreffler and Craig Edwards

4/3/2021
Take a look at shanties through the frame of Craig Edwards and Gibb Schreffler who have studied shanties intensely for years. From West African work songs, through the popularization of the banjo in America, through the Beatles in Liverpool. Join us on a trip around the world and through the years that explores the origins, evolution, present day relevance and future possibilities of the genre. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang...

Duration:01:30:19

3. "Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Valparaiso" with Alex McMurray

3/20/2021
New Orleans is famous for its singular culture and music. So what do shanties look like there? Alex McMurray from The Valparaiso Men's Chorus talks to us about his journey with shanties that has taken him from New York to Tokyo DisneySea to New Orleans, the impact of Katrina and the pandemic on the music scene there, and of course the Chorus' unique, second line-infused take on shanties. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny -...

Duration:01:13:53

2. "A Magical Place" with Geoff Kaufman and Marc Bernier

3/6/2021
An episode focused on the Mystic Seaport Museum and Sea Music Festival with former festival director and member of the seminal shanty band Forebitter Geoff Kaufman along with Mystic Seaport Chanteyman Marc Bernier. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny - Live song: Down Trinidad, trad. arranged by Geoff Kaufman - Live song: It's Advertised in Boston, trad. arranged by Marc Bernier - Live song: Paddy, Lay Back, trad. arranged by...

Duration:01:06:46

1. "A Whale of a Time" with David Coffin

2/18/2021
A wide-ranging, informative, and hilarious conversation with renowned shanty singer and educator David Coffin, song leader of the Revels musical program and Director of the Narration Program for Boston Harbor Cruises. ⚓︎ Shanties featured: - Opening credits: Paddy Doyle's Boots, trad. arranged by Pressgang Mutiny - Live song: Noah's Ark, trad. arranged by David Coffin - Live song: Chantey Challenge, by David Coffin - Closing credits: Bully in the Alley, trad. arranged by Pressgang...

Duration:01:02:22