Charlie Bristol singing Bell A Ring A Yard O

If like me you feel you have only ever heard a few examples of the singing of genuine old-time shanty singers and need to hear more to get a better grounding in that stuff, this Global Jukebox page advertising an album of shanties and sailors songs from Grenada and Carriacou recorded by legendary folklorist Alan Lomax will have something for you.

On the right hand side you’ll find a little window that links to a YouTube of Charlie Bristol singing Bell A Ring A Yard O. I should add that from you’re just a short step from a shed-load of YouTubes of recordings from Lomax’s collecting work. If you’re at all interested in American traditional music you could get lost in there for some time.

The album itself is available from Global Jukebox.

My thanks to Chris Brady for pointing this one out.

Carriacou sloops on Youtube

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Reader Larry Henry got in touch the other day to alert me to this video on YouTube promoting photographer Alexis Andrews’ two books (volumes I and II) celebrating the Carriacou sloops of Dominica. By January I expect to watch this daily, just wishing I could be anywhere that’s warm and bathed in the colours of summer!

One word of warning though – when I do watch it next it will be with the sound turned down. There are lots of videos on YouTube of the locals playing local music that I have to say is much more to my taste.

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