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Thread #78293   Message #1405166
Posted By: Dave Swan
10-Feb-05 - 06:15 PM
Thread Name: Review: Chanteyranger and Radriano's new CD
Subject: Review: Boldly from Westward, Songs of the Sea
Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz have recorded and produced Boldly From Westward (HM CD 100, 2005), a CD featuring 18 chanteys and forebitters.

Joining Peter and Richard are Bay Area traditional music stalwarts Dick Holdstock, Shay Black, Dennis Franklin, Richard Mandel and Riggy Rackin. In this august company it's Peter and Richard's friendship which shines through. The liner notes say "Our love of sea music, and our frinedhsip, led us to the musical collaboration we have today. We hope you enjoy this CD, and learn some songs in the process." The listener is caught quickly enough by the songs and is singing along before the end of many cuts.

In addition to a cappella chanteys, forebitters featuring whistle, fiddle, guitar and concertina can be heard on this recording. A particular treat is The Sailor Laddie, followed by a march composed by Peter.

This is an album of muscle and heart and brain. When the singers belt, there's not a strain nor a shout or a false note. Work songs are sung as though these men know what it's like to put in a days' work for little thanks. Instrumental arrangements are clean and spare.

This CD has a place in the collection of anyone who enjoys traditional music. It is not necessary to be a sea music afficianado to enjoy this recording and to recommend it to friends.