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Short Sharp Shanties

This is a series of 3 CDs which record the repertoire of John Short a.k.a. Yankee Jack (1839-1933) of Watchet, Somerset in England's West Country. He spent over fifty years working in sailing boats, much of his younger days in deep-water ships, sailing all around the world as a shantyman. In 1914 he gave the folk-song collector Cecil Sharp nearly sixty shanties, several in early rare versions.

The track listings below show the shanties' names that John Short gave to Cecil Sharp. If the shanties are better known by other names, these are added in parentheses.

> Folk Music > Records > Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 1

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 1

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 1 (WildGoose WGS381CD)

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 1
Sea Songs of a Watchet Sailor
Jim Mageean, Jeff Warner, Keith Kendrick, Jackie Oates, Roger Watson, Sam Lee, Brian Willoughby, Tom Brown, Barbara Brown, Doug Bailey

S&A Projects / WildGoose Studios WGS381CD (CD, UK, July 18, 2011)

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Recorded and produced by Doug Bailey

Musicians

Jim Mageean, lead vocals [11, 15], chorus [5-6, 9-10, 12, 17-18];
Jeff Warner, lead vocals [4, 16], chorus [8, 14], baritone English concertina [9], banjo [12, 16];
Keith Kendrick, lead vocals [1, 9, 17], chorus [1-6, 8, 10-15, 18], Anglo concertina [1, 3, 9], English concertina [5, 11];
Jackie Oates, lead vocals [5, 18], chorus [1, 7, 9, 16], fiddle [3, 12, 16, 18], octave fiddle [18], viola [18], shruti [5];
Roger Watson, lead vocals [2, 7], melodeon [3], English concertina [7];
Sam Lee, lead vocals [3, 13], chorus [5];
Brian Willoughby, guitar [7];
Tom Brown, lead vocals [6, 10, 12], chorus [1-5, 8, 14-15, 17], melodeon bass [11, 13];
Barbara Brown, lead vocals [8, 14], support vocals [5], chorus [1-6, 9-13, 15-17];
Doug Bailey, chorus [1-2, 5-6, 12, 15, 17]

Tracks

  1. [KK] Sing Fare You Well (Roud 320) (3.21)
  2. [RW] The Blackball Line (Roud 2623) (1.35)
  3. [SL] Mr. Tapscott (Can't You Dance the Polka) (Roud 15778; Henry H827) (3.14)
  4. [JW] A Hundred Years on the Eastern Shore (A Hundred Years Ago) (Roud 926) (1.13)
  5. [JO] Fire! Fire! (Fire Down Below) (Roud 813) (1.57)
  6. [TB] Hanging Johnny (Roud 2625) (1.58)
  7. [RW] Rio Grande (Roud 317) (3.54)
  8. [BB] Cheerly Man (Roud 395) (0.57)
  9. [KK] Poor Old Man (Johnny Come Down to Hilo) (Roud 513) (3.26)
  10. [TB] The Bully Boat (Ranzo Ray) (Roud 327) (2.15)
  11. [JM] Stormalong John (Roud 216) (3.31)
  12. [TB] Blow Boys Blow (Banks of Sacramento) (Roud 319) (2.36)
  13. [SL] Carry Him to the Burying Ground (General Taylor) (Roud 216) (3.09)
  14. [BB] Bulgine Run (Let the Bulgine Run) (Roud 4711) (2.42)
  15. [JM] Shallow Brown (Roud 2621) (1.51)
  16. [JW] Won’t You Go My Way? (Roud 8289) (2.10)
  17. [KK] Blow Boys, Come Blow Together (Blow Me Bully Boys, Blow) (Roud 703; G/D 1:2) (1.51)
  18. [JO] Tommy’s Gone (Tommy's Gone Away) (Roud 481; Henry H53d) (3.43)

> Folk Music > Records > Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 2

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 2

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 2 (WildGoose WGS382CD)

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 2
Sea Songs of a Watchet Sailor
Jim Mageean, Jeff Warner, Keith Kendrick, Jackie Oates, Roger Watson, Sam Lee, Brian Willoughby, Tom Brown, Barbara Brown, Doug Bailey

S&A Projects / WildGoose Studios WGS382CD (CD, UK, October 31, 2011)

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Recorded and produced by Doug Bailey

Musicians

Jim Mageean, lead vocals [2, 9b, 14], chorus [5, 9, 17];
Jeff Warner, lead vocals [3, 11, 15], chorus [3, 5, 9], baritone English concertina [5], banjo [8, 15, 16];
Keith Kendrick, lead vocals [9a, 13, 17], chorus [1-2, 5-6, 8-9, 10ac, 11-13, 15], Anglo concertina [10bc, 14, 16-17], English concertina [12, 15], bass English concertina [16];
Jackie Oates, lead vocals [4, 18], chorus [4, 17], fiddle [1, 4, 8, 10bc, 14, 17-18];
Roger Watson, lead vocals [6, 10a], melodeon [10a];
Sam Lee, lead vocals [7, 12, 18], chorus [10a, 12];
Brian Willoughby, guitar [13, 16];
Tom Brown, lead vocals [5, 9c, 10c, 16], chorus [2-3, 6, 8-9, 10a, 11, 15, 17], English concertina [5, 10b], melodeon [10bc], melodeon bass [15];
Barbara Brown, lead vocals [1, 8, 13], chorus [2-3, 5-6, 8, 10ac, 11-17];
Doug Bailey, chorus [3, 5-6, 9, 10ac, 12, 15]

Tracks

  1. [BB] Rowler Bowler (Roud 8283) (2.58)
  2. [JM] Whisky Is My Johnny (Roud 651) (2.03)
  3. [JW] So Early in the Morning (The Sailor Likes His Bottle O) (Roud 314) (1.24)
  4. [JO] Boney Was a Warrior (Roud 485) (2.23)
  5. [TB] Lucy Long (Roud 8285) (2.17)
  6. [RW] Roll and Go (Sally Brown) (Roud 2628) (2.03)
  7. [SL] Tom’s Gone to Ilo (Roud 481; Henry H53d) (3.04)
  8. [BB] Huckleberry Hunting (Hilo, Me Ranzo Ray) (Roud 328) (2.33)
  9. [KK] Haul on the Bowline (Roud 652; G/D 1:1) /
    [JM] Paddy Doyle (Roud 4695; Henry H53c) /
    [TB] Johnnie Bowker (Roud 974) (3.29)
  10. [RW] Santy Anna (Plains of Mexico) (Roud 207; Henry H496) / instrumental bridge /
    [TB] Whip Jamboree (Roud 488) (3.56)
  11. [JW] Good Morning Ladies All (Roud 8284) (2.57)
  12. [SL] Knock a Man Down (Blow the Man Down) (Roud 2864) (3.01)
  13. [BB, KK] Shanadore (Shenandoah) (Roud 324) (3.22)
  14. [JM] A-Roving (Roud 649; G/D 7:1479) (5.07)
  15. [JW] Times Are Hard and Wages Low (Leave Her Johnny, Leave Her) (Roud 8234) (2.50)
  16. [TB] I Wish I Was With Nancy (Roud 13250) (4.47)
  17. [KK] One More Day (Roud 704) (2.34)
  18. Bonus Track: [JO, SL] Sweet Nightingale (Roud 371) (3.36)

> Folk Music > Records > Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 3

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 3

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 1 (WildGoose WGS388CD)

Short Sharp Shanties Vol. 3
Sea Songs of a Watchet Sailor
Jim Mageean, Jeff Warner, Keith Kendrick, Jackie Oates, Roger Watson, Sam Lee, Brian Willoughby, Tom Brown, Barbara Brown, Doug Bailey

S&A Projects / WildGoose Studios WGS388CD (CD, UK, April 2, 2012)

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Recorded and produced by Doug Bailey

Musicians

Jim Mageean, lead vocals [5, 11, 15], chorus [6];
Jeff Warner, lead vocals [9, 14, 18, 20], chorus [16], banjo [14, 16, 19-20];
Keith Kendrick, lead vocals [2, 10, 13], chorus [2-8, 10, 12, 15, 17-20], Anglo concertina [2-3, 5, 13, 19], English concertina [11];
Jackie Oates, lead vocals [6, 16], chorus [1, 3-4, 11], fiddle [13, 19-20];
Roger Watson, lead vocals [19], melodeon [1, 8, 19];
Sam Lee, lead vocals [1, 8, 17], chorus [9, 19];
Brian Willoughby, guitar [1, 8, 11];
Tom Brown, lead vocals [4], chorus [2, 5-12, 15, 17-20], octave mandolin [3], mandola [13];
Barbara Brown, lead vocals [3, 7, 12], chorus [1-6, 8-11, 15, 17-20];
Doug Bailey, chorus [2, 4-6, 9-11, 15, 17]

Tracks

  1. [SL] Rosabella (Saucy Rosabella) (Roud 13252) (3.01)
  2. [KK] Dead Horse (Poor Old Man) (Roud 3724) (1.53)
  3. [BB] Heave Away My Johnny (We're All Bound to Go) (Roud 616) (5.06)
  4. [TB] Bully in the Alley (Roud 8287) (2.52)
  5. [JM] Liza Lee (Yankee John Stormalong) (Roud 4698) (1.34)
  6. [JO] Hog-Eyed Man (Roud 331) (2.28)
  7. [BB] Old Stormey (Mr Stormalong) (Roud 216) (2.15)
  8. [SL] The Bull John Run (Eliza Lee) (Roud 4711) (2.22)
  9. [JW] Billy Riley (Roud 4701) (1.43)
  10. [KK] Handy My Girls (So Handy) (Roud 814) (1.36)
  11. [JM] Blow Away the Morning Dew (Roud 11; Child 112; G/D 2:301) (3.21)
  12. [BB] Ranzo (Reuben Ranzo) (Roud 2626) (1.36)
  13. [KK] Paddy Works on the Railway (Roud 208) (2.50)
  14. [JW] He Back, She Back (Old Moke Picking on a Banjo) (Roud 930) (2.53)
  15. [JM] Round the Corner Sally (Roud 4697) (1.41)
  16. [JO] Do Let Me Go (Roud 3221) (3.05)
  17. [SL] Haul Away Joe (Roud 809) (2.58)
  18. [JW] Lowlands (Dollar and a Half a Day) (Roud 681; Henry H469) (2.26)
  19. [RW] Homeward Bound (Goodbye, Fare Thee Well) (Roud 927; G/D 1:5; Henry H53a) (2.37)
  20. Bonus Track: [JW] Crossing the Bar [poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson] (3.32)