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Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)

Charley Noble 16 Feb 06 - 09:50 AM
Charley Noble 16 Feb 06 - 09:55 AM
Pirate of Cape Ann 16 Feb 06 - 03:50 PM
Jeri 16 Feb 06 - 04:28 PM
curmudgeon 16 Feb 06 - 04:58 PM
Charley Noble 16 Feb 06 - 05:24 PM
Barry Finn 16 Feb 06 - 08:32 PM
jacqui.c 16 Feb 06 - 09:48 PM
adventure 16 Feb 06 - 09:57 PM
Charley Noble 17 Feb 06 - 10:04 AM
SINSULL 17 Feb 06 - 12:44 PM
ranger1 17 Feb 06 - 12:49 PM
SINSULL 17 Feb 06 - 07:22 PM
Naemanson 18 Feb 06 - 01:08 PM
SINSULL 19 Feb 06 - 08:55 AM
jacqui.c 19 Feb 06 - 09:17 AM
SINSULL 19 Feb 06 - 10:07 AM
Jeri 19 Feb 06 - 11:14 AM
Charley Noble 19 Feb 06 - 11:21 AM
Charley Noble 19 Feb 06 - 02:35 PM
Naemanson 19 Feb 06 - 03:36 PM
Pirate of Cape Ann 20 Feb 06 - 07:54 PM
Charley Noble 20 Feb 06 - 08:02 PM
Barry Finn 21 Feb 06 - 01:04 AM
Charley Noble 21 Feb 06 - 08:02 PM
Barry Finn 21 Feb 06 - 09:16 PM
SINSULL 22 Feb 06 - 09:04 AM
Charley Noble 22 Feb 06 - 04:41 PM
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Subject: February 18 Press Room Stanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 09:50 AM

Next Saturday, 18 February, is the date for the next shanty / forebitter session at the Press Room, 77 Daniel Street, Portsmouth NH, from 3:30 to 7:30 PM.

This is our fourth year doing these gatherings which have gotten better and better with the passage of time, and especially so with the influx of new voices from Gloucester (MA).

So, who's coming aboard?

See you there - Tom Hall Clone (Charley Noble)


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Subject: RE: February 18 Press Room Stanty Sing
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 09:55 AM

Tom may be having problems getting into Mudcat Central and I have taken the liberty of posting the monthly notice via my wife's more reliable connection. I can't get in via my regular high-speed internet provider and that generally means that Tom can't either.

Judy B and I will be coming down from Maine. The rest of Roll & Go appears committed to more birthday parties. Party, party, party! What's the point of celebrating the aging process? There are nautical songs to be sung, old and new!

Rantingly,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: February 18 Press Room Stanty Sing
From: Pirate of Cape Ann
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 03:50 PM

Count on the Pirate! I think the Doryman and his Mate will be coming and a few others from here.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 04:28 PM

Whatsa 'stanty'? I know I keep saying I'm going to come, but I might be able to make it this time.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: curmudgeon
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 04:58 PM

Thank you, Charley. I should also add that this will also be a great opportunity to confirm your reservations with Sinsull for the John Roberts House Concert in March.

See you there - Tom


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 05:24 PM

Jeri-

A "Stanty" is an archaic form of the shanty which was only sung in staves. I will demonstrate!

Glad to see that you've managed to hack your way into Mudcat.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 08:32 PM

I'm getting a lift from Mark so we'll both be there at the Stanty Swing. What's up with this? Tom doesn't post this one time & Jeri's already picking apart the Wordsmith's replacement? Charlie, Mother's not happy..... but she probably laughing. See you Friday eve if you're there, too.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: jacqui.c
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 09:48 PM

I will be there, so long as the chauffeur is available.

Jacqui, ducking and running for cover - again.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: adventure
Date: 16 Feb 06 - 09:57 PM

Wow...this has been a long month. Me and my dorymate look like we will take a northerly route to Portsmouth this weekend. Last month we ended up at ISIS restaurant where they serve some pretty neat dishes.....duck, salmon over ??? and grilled cajun Mahi....the closest I could find to fish chowdah was the mahi stew. The fried cheese balls were good too. Anyway we had fun and had a great time again with the Press Room crew. Tom..thanks again for doing The Banks of Newfoundland...it is one of my favorites. Tell ya a secret about the other one on Saturday. Vocalzones were great. They kind of remind me of Black Cow candies. Thanks. Will try to prod a few of our residents to go over the border again. Boy do we need to move into spring. Hot,,,,cold,,,,,snow,,,,hot,,,,,thunderstorm,,,,icy,,,,,,cold,,,,,, hot,,,,,windy ....what a bizarre winter. Mud, dog crap and salt...blah!!!!
Adventure is coming along well. New transom complete, bitt posts installed and started to replank the port side. Would like more info on John's house concert. Would be good to see him again.
Hope to see you all on Saturday.
And in the midst of the cold, dark North Atlantic...the doryman sets another trawl. Could it be the sea who is on the trawl and not the stouthearted fisherman in his tiny boat on the bluegreen swells?
Peace.
doryman      www.schooner-adventure.org


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Feb 06 - 10:04 AM

Barry-

We're looking forward to hearing your dulcet voice again. I'm sure you could charm the very crows down from their nest amidst the rigging (you can quote me if you like).

Can anyone lead the Bold Princess Royal? It is close to the 15th of February when she achieved her escape from a dastardly piratical vessal. It's been one of my favorites for years but I've neglected to learn it. I particularly like the version where the captain panics and the first mate comes to the rescue.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 06 - 12:44 PM

A Stanty is a sticking drunk Santy Klaus recovering from the holiday and a tiff with Mrs. K.
I will be chauffering and drinking hot toddies - it's supposed to reach 10 below. BRRRR


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: ranger1
Date: 17 Feb 06 - 12:49 PM

Room for one more, Mary? I need an evening out...


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Feb 06 - 07:22 PM

Sure Tami. My house at 2:30????


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Feb 06 - 01:08 PM

Stanty? Actually the word is stunty, a chanty by short people usually sung while picking on tall people. I've heard many of them...

By my calculations it is just after 1:00 PM on the day of the gathering. I hope all my friends back home have a great time.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 08:55 AM

These "sings" just get better and better. A huge crowd - had to fight to get my usual spot by the lu.
After four hours of the maritime stuff with the usual suspects + Jeff Warner and some Gloucester men I don't know by name, the group switched to 50s rock and succeeded in drowning out the piped in Dylan retrospective.
Barry Finn is back in form - Lord that man can fill a room with his booming voice. Charlie sang some offerings from his new CD. Mark set a ten minute ribald shouting match in motion with a ditty about a lady(?) with pearls down her pants.
Good food, good people, good fun and great music.
Thanks, Tom.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: jacqui.c
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 09:17 AM

It was a bit scary that most of those present knew all the words to the 50s stuff at the end of the session.

I would just say that I learned them from my mother.......


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: SINSULL
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 10:07 AM

Who was a child bride and gave birth to you when she was two?


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Jeri
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 11:14 AM

I pointed out that that after-we-were-supposed-to-shut-up stuff was what used to happen at Fox Hollow (or perhaps any festival with camping) at 3AM after all of the smutty songs (as well as a significant shitload of booze) were exhausted. This singing was, at least at Fox Hollow, occasionally instigated by John Roberts and Tony Barrand, the former being the performer at a house concert SINSULL's having in a few short weeks.

Nevetheless, the Press Room moldy oldies left me disturbed...


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 11:21 AM

It was an amazing evening. A great turnout and a couple of new people (new to me at least) and some old friends who I haven't heard sing in some time.

I had never heard Mark's ditty about "pearls" and having an inquiring mind hunger to hear more. Mark, who is a new addition to our rollacking crew, also led Gray Funnel Line, The Final Trawl and several other songs.

Jacqui cleared the decks with her parody of the Edmond Fitzgerald, the open mic that runs amock. And was it she or Sinsull who led Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl? And who led Goodbye Old Ship of Mine?

Peter led Roll the Woodpile Down, Maid on the Shore, Doodle Let Me Go, and a different version of Long Time Ago, not the one with Noah's Ark that Brett used to lead. Joanne led Nova Scotia Farewell, Don't Sail on the Emma and Mingulay Boat Song. Pirate of Cape Ann led Reuben Ranzo and probably several others that were not captured by my fading brain.

Scott, who I also hadn't heard before, did a fine job with Sailing Down to Old Maui and Three Score and Ten. He has a fine strong voice. I believe he also led South Australia.

Barry was in great form and led my favorite Captain Boston and Rolling Down the Bay to Julianna. What other songs did he lead?

Tom led Liverpool Judies, Paddy West, Wild Goose Shanty, Chicken on a Raft, Mars Forevermore and Maid of Amsterdam. Linn led Never Marry a Keelboat Lad (All my Good days are Done) or whatever it's called, the Sloop John A and The Oak and the Ash and the Bonny Willow Tree.

Jeri led Fire Down Below and Black Bird Get-Up and probably something else.

JudyB led Outward Bound, Roll the Old Chariot, and her unique version of Haul-Away Joe, and there was some other ditty about The Search for a mythical Charley Noble.

I led WhiskeyO/JohnnyO, Port o' Dreams, Lumber, Wake up Susinana and Rosario. I'm better at remembering what I sang than what others were singing.

Was it Jean who was leading Bold Riley, The Female Rambling Sailor and Rolling Home?

What was the name of the song that Jeff Warner was leading? Linn, can you please fill in?

I've also missed about 20 other songs, not including the flurry of 1950's rock and roll hits that continued after the session closed.

We ran into Mark and Barry at the Isis Restaurant where we all got warm, had a nice meal and chatted some more before Judy and I made our way back across the border to Maine.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 02:35 PM

Let's see it was Barry who led Mars Forevermore.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Naemanson
Date: 19 Feb 06 - 03:36 PM

"not the one with Noah's Ark that Brett used to lead"

USED to lead? I'm still leading it. Din't you hear me singing it last week? I wondered why the chorus was so quiet.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Pirate of Cape Ann
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 07:54 PM

Barry, you have a magical voice indeed!

Winter is taking its toll on my voice. In general, I've noted a reduction in the power of Three Sheets' "trademark" voices. We've been sounding a bit worn and tired lately. We managed to drag it up at Press Room but I could feel it was a struggle, especially from myself. Wait until spring! Next month we should be in form!

As usual, we all had a blast! Even the drive to Portsmouth is fun when you're driving along with good friends, singing and talking about music. Thanks to all for having us into your circle!

Gardi


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 20 Feb 06 - 08:02 PM

Gardi-

Nice to have you 'resurface"!

Of course the day after I came down with a sore throat and low grade fever. But I was feeling great on Saturday!

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it next month (50th birthday party for favorite brother-in-law) but two fine friends and singers are coming up from the South Street Seaport gang (NYC) and it should be a great session.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 21 Feb 06 - 01:04 AM

Had a great time. What a session. The last 2 I've been to were over the top. Wished I lived closer, they're the kind of sessions that I'd impulsively bring home & try to keep the partying going till the break of dawn.
Charley, I also did Priests & Nuns (bawdy pump shanty which I got from Jerry Bryant & is in Harlow's collection) & I believe it was Jean who did those 3 that you mentioned.
I think it was Gardi who led a great rendition of Doodle Let Me Go(Yellow Gals).
Jeri also led "Won't You Help Me To Rasie'Em".
The one you call Captain Boston is called "Schooner Industry" which I also got from my buddy Jerry Bryant. Jerry does it to a tradional (there's no tune that Jerry got from the log of the schooner Industry that went with the words) & without the chorus. The tune I sing is from my singing partner Neil Downey as well as the chorus.
Sunsull also did "Good bye Old Ship of Mine" which I'm gonna follow up with a thread for her.
I really glad the Gloucester folk & those downeasters made it up & down, hopefully they'll be bringing their let out cohorts with them along for the next time.
Barry


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 21 Feb 06 - 08:02 PM

Barry-

How could I have forgotten that wonderful traditional pumping shanty "Priests and Nuns"?
They say that "Loose Lips Sink Ships" but here's an example where a priest with a magical staff interacts with some languid nuns, and the net result is a dry ship! You learn something new every day.

I do agree it was a fine session, and do encourage Mark to return.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 21 Feb 06 - 09:16 PM

If that priest were a camel jockey riding on the back side of a ship of the desert he'd be called seaman. Would that mean that there is dry seamen in the holds of desert ships.

Mark needs no encouragement he's been there before & loved it this time too. BTW he also did 'Nelson's Prayer' (if that's what it's called).   

Barry


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Feb 06 - 09:04 AM

Barry. Obviously you don't read Clyde Cussler - not only dried seaman but old Abe Lincoln himself.

Mark is treasure trove of great songs, a beautiful voice and a wicked sense of humor.He was at my last song circle and I owe him a few zings. Ask him about signing my closet.


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Subject: RE: Feb 18 Press Room Shanty Sing (Portsmouth, NH)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 22 Feb 06 - 04:41 PM

Barry-

You know it's difficult enough to sing a nautical song which mentions "seamen" without having to picture you snickering along with the usual male teenagers.

I note that I did not title my CD's UNCOMMON SEAMEN SONGS and MORE UNCOMMON SEAMEN SONGS. Feel free to use either of those titles yourself. ;~)

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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