A combination of circumstances has unintentionally brought us to Minehead, in Somerset, as the unifying factor of this, our sixth CD, and we’ve decided to make it a ‘studio album’ - following our arrangement instincts instead of just creating a copy of stage performance. Cecil Sharp collected a number of songs from two retired sea captains in the town during a series of visits between August 1904 and May 1909. Cpt. Lewis (1835-1915) gave him 26 songs, Cpt. Vickery (1842-1916) gave him 13, and we came across them while researching for the Short Sharp Shanties project. The songs were very diverse and by no means all maritime; some were rare, others common (but in interesting variants). Together they give a fascinating window into the local vernacular song repertoire at the beginning of the 20th Century. The selection on this CD includes just some of our favourites: seven from Robert Lewis and five from James Vickery.
Barbara Brown: Lead & chorus vocals.
Tom Brown: Lead & chorus vocals, guitars, melodeons, English concertina, harpeleik.
Brenda Burnside: Hammered dulcimer and chorus vocals.
Jon Dyer: Flute and whistles.
Mary Eagle: Chorus vocals.
Keith Kendrick: Anglo concertina and chorus vocals.
Barry Lister: Chorus vocals.
Matt Norman: Mandolin, drum, and chorus vocals.
Paul Sartin: Fiddle, oboe and cor anglais.