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Old 03-17-2019, 07:35 AM   #1
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Default Favorite sea shanties anyone?

Anyone have any favorite sea shanties that sound good on the pipes?? Can be any sea fairing or whaling type song.
(I'd probably use my smallpipes that are high B capable. )

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Old 03-17-2019, 08:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

Off the top of my head (and maybe stretching the definition):

What would you do with a drunken sailor
Run run away
Auntie Mary had a Canary (Cock of the North)
We'll Rant and We'll Roar
Whiskey in the Jar (drones in G)

I am sure there are lots more. It would be worth searching the archives as I think there have been a few threads on this before. To me, shanty songs sound best with both a singer and guitar.

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Old 03-17-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

I suppose I need to point out that just as with Hymns, sea shanties are sets of words, each potentially sung to a number of different tunes.

That aside, I love some of the shanty melodies, which are quite beautiful. Difficult to imagine rough sailors singing these melodies, as sweet as lullabies, as beautiful as the nicest Hymn-tunes.

I especially love the ones with an archaic flavour, with cool accidentals like you hear in Renaissance etc music.

For example one of the tunes used for the shanty Old Maui.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVkUumCcW7c

Another lovely tune is used for Fathom The Bowl (here it's slower than I usually hear it)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWQb-Bm3uGo

My all-time favourite shanty isn't a shanty at all! But a newly composed pseudo-shanty Barrett's Privateers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Nl3PaTimA

A cool thing you hear in some shanties is the chorus holding the last note, like a drone, and the lead singer beginning the next verse over it. I've heard waulking songs done in this way too, though it might not be traditional for those.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vUqeDPZZ80

BTW I'm told it's really "chanty" but who knows.
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Old 03-17-2019, 05:10 PM   #4
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

An old favourite hereb in Oz is Botany Bay


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEYseM_R6Hk


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Old 03-17-2019, 06:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

here are some I play:


We'll Rant and We'll Roar, Squid-Jiggin' Grounds ( AKA Sweet Betsy From Pike, Moses rye-toodle eye oodle eye ay), New York Girls ( Needs G#), Blow Ye Winds In The Morning, The Fish In The Sea ( AKA Blow Ye Winds Westerly), The Leaving of Liverpool ( High B and G#), I'se The Bye that Builds the Boat; Away, Rio(RYE-o); Leave her, Johnnie, Leave Her ( also G#). I was playing for a seafood expo this afternoon, so in addition to the usual Irish tunes, I played all of the above , except I'se the Bye
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:23 AM   #6
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... "As We Roll the Old Chariot Along"... or... :
..."As the Old Chariot Rolls Along"...which may
well be used... as a grand simile... for the Time...
that we have... and also... it's a damned fine tune!!... :)






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Old 03-18-2019, 12:13 PM   #7
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by pancelticpiper View Post
.....SNIP

My all-time favourite shanty isn't a shanty at all! But a newly composed pseudo-shanty Barrett's Privateers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Nl3PaTimA

...SNIP.....

BTW I'm told it's really "chanty" but who knows.
Barrett's Privateers is a great song. It never occurred to me to try it on pipes but now I'll have to

The Old Polina is another great shanty that should fit on pipes.

I have also seen the "chanty" spelling. Although, not the popular spelling, it would make sense as the root word is likely from the same latin and french origins of chant or chanter.

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Old 03-18-2019, 05:31 PM   #8
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

And how could I forget "Shenandoa" which was often sung as a Foc'sl chantey. ( needs a high G# and start on E rather than on the non-existent low e as sung) though.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:21 PM   #9
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For style, I might look to tunes for Northumbrian and Border pipes. They seem to have a bit more sea shanty sound than a lot of GHB tunes.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:51 AM   #10
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Default Re: Favorite sea shanties anyone?

A recent tune that I quite like is The Last Shanty by Tom Lewis.

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