Beyond the Quay, a CD of sea songs by Tom and Barbara Brown

Tom and Barbara Brown’s new album Beyond the Quay is made up of sea songs Tom and Barbara Brown are old friends, and I’m very pleased that they should should put out a CD of sea-songs. Songs connected with the sea  have been out of fashion around the folk scene’s clubs and festivals for far … Continue reading “Beyond the Quay, a CD of sea songs by Tom and Barbara Brown”

Hervey Benham tells stories from the great storms of 1883 and 1884

The chilling engraving The Storm by William Miller after Van de Velde, published in 1858. From the Wikimedia The great gales of ’83 and ’84 were legendary. The song Three Score and Ten describing their effects on the East Coast fishing fleet was widely sung from Yorkshire down to Cornwall, and when talking to Ewan … Continue reading “Hervey Benham tells stories from the great storms of 1883 and 1884”

Windward-sailing Barbary pirates

Xebec pirate ship !!This post now with added singing – see the bottom of this post!! My canoe sailing and building pal Jim van den Bos sent me this link from The Times newspaper yesterday: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article1449736.ece Here’s the TS Pelican’s website, which tells the story of her interesting rig; see also this article by Philip … Continue reading “Windward-sailing Barbary pirates”