This is the first of three CDs which record the repertoire of John Short – a.k.a. Yankee Jack – of Watchet, Somerset in England’s West Country, who, in 1914, gave the folk-song collector Cecil Sharp nearly sixty shanties, several in early rare versions. John 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. He was born in 1839; went to sea with his father when he was nine; went deep sea at eighteen; married and retired from the deep water trade in his mid-thirties and died when he was ninety-two, in 1933.
Sung by: Jim Mageean, Jeff Warner, Keith Kendrick, Jackie Oates, Roger Watson, Sam Lee, Brian Willoughby, Tom Brown, Barbara Brown, Doug Bailey.
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Sing Fare You Well
The Blackball Line
A Hundred Years on the Eastern Shore
Fire! Fire! (Fire Down Below)
Poor Old Man (Johnny Come Down to Hilo)
The Bully Boat (Ranzo Ray)
Stormalong John (Stormy Along, John)
Blow Boys Blow (Banks of Sacramento)
Carry Him to the Burying Ground (General Taylor)
Bulgine Run (Let the Bulgine Run)
Won’t You Go My Way?
Blow Boys, Come Blow Together (Blow, Me Bully Boys, Blow)
Tommy’s Gone (Tommy’s Gone Away)
(A C19th Deep Sea Shantyman)
TRAD Magazine France
Shreds and Patches
Chris (Yorkie) Bartram
Bright Young Folk