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Leaning in the Wind - Cliff Haslam

Shove Around The Jug
Old Moke Pickin' On A Banjo
The Grey Funnel Line
1. Introduction
2. Rounding The Horn
3. Shove Around The Jug
4. Fear A'bhata (The Boatman)
5. Bluenose
6. This Dreadful Life
7. Old Moke Pickin' On A Banjo
8. The Grey Funnel Line
9. Lowlands Away
10. Santianno
11. The Herring Song
12. Rolling Down To Old Maui
13. The Goodnight Song
14. Going Home Song





Songs of the Sea and the English Countryside

A native of Warrington, Cheshire - about 16 miles up the Mersey from Liverpool - he is as fine as an exemplar of the British folk tradition as you will find this side of the pond.

His songs display a fine sense of humor, a bit of the British bawdy along with great vocal artistry. Everyone should have the chance to hear Cliff shake the walls as his booming bass baritone breathes new life into an old chantey...and in the next moment render a ballad so tender it would bring tears to the eyes of an executioner.

A mainstay in the folk music scene in New England for many years, Cliff has inspired countless people to sing, learn songs and to join the community of folk music.






1. Introduction

2. Rounding The Horn
This is the story about the hard journey sailing around Cape Horn. Many a ship and sailor were lost attempting this passage.

3. Shove Around The Jug
This song has gone through the folk process with roots in Maine. This version is situated on the Erie Canal in New York State and comes to me from Bonnie Milner who got it from John Mayberry of the Toronto Morris Men.

4. Fear A'bhata (The Boatman)
This is a lament from The Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. A woman is pining and waiting for her Boatman to return. I first heard this from the Corries Folk Trio with Paddie Bell. I found these words in a song book put out by the Portable Folk from Hartford CT.

5. Bluenose
She was one of the finest fishing schooners that fished off the Grand Banks. A friend (E-Bob we call him) gave me a CD by Ryan's Fancy which was a group of Irish lads living in Canada (now disbanded). He thought the song would suit my voice. I pinched a couple of other songs from the CD. The song is credited to David Martin.

6. This Dreadful Life
Song of a sailor who enjoyed the hard life of a sailor until he smartened up and decided otherwise. This was written by Kevin Brown of the Ancient Mariners Chanteymen who also helped on the chorus.

7. Old Moke Pickin' On A Banjo
This was a capstan chantey used for raising the anchor. The mention of "railway" is influenced by men working on the railway then making their way on board ship. "Moke" was a term used for a black person at that time. I got this song from Wickford Express.

8. The Grey Funnel Line
This is a term for the ships of the navy comparing the color of the funnel of other commercial shipping lines (e.g. Blue Funnel Line). The song tells of hte boredom, loneliness and longing for home which affected many a sailor. This is one of Cyril Tawny's best known songs.

9. Lowlands Away
One of my all time favorite foc'sle chanteys. This version came from a singer at one of the folk clubs I used to go to in England before coming to America.

10. Santianno
Is it Santianno, Santiana or Santa Anna? No matter which way it is sung it's a great "windlass chantey" with lots of versions. Check "Youtube" and the internet for the story of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. He did not gain the day.

11. The Herring Song
Just a fun audience participation song. Again there are many versions with more parts of the Herring to explore. First heard from John Roberts and Tony Barrand.

12. Rolling Down To Old Maui
One of the all time favorites of many singers and audiences. Thanks to Stan Hugill for bringing this chantey to us.

13. The Goodnight Song
I fell in love with this song after listening to a CD by the group "Blue Murder". It was written by Jim Boynes.

14. Going Home Song
I brought this song back with me after one of my visits to England. I went to a Festival in Liverpool and ran into an old singing friend who sang the song. He told me that it was written by Jim James.

    
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