Rogue's Gallery - Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys

Featuring Baby Gramps, Martha Wainwright, David Thomas, Gavin Friday, Ralph Steadman, Robyn Hitchcock, Norma Waterson, Teddy Thompson, Martin Carthy, Julie Fowlis, Eliza Carthy, Pete Doherty & more

28 July 2008 / 19:30
Hall


Tickets:
£15 / 20 / 25

subject to availability
 sold out



FEATURING
Baby Gramps, Martha Wainwright, David Thomas, Gavin Friday, Ralph Steadman, Robyn Hitchcock, Norma Waterson, Teddy Thompson, Martin Carthy, Julie Fowlis, Eliza Carthy, Tim Robbins, Ed Harcourt, Neil Hannon, Suzanne Vega, Pete Doherty & more

CLICK HERE to check out images from the Dublin concert on Sat 19 July.

Based on the extraordinary recent CD release produced by legendary Hal Willner, this concert features contemporary re-workings of traditional sea-songs and chanteys. A stellar line-up of artists take us on a trip like no other, exploring the hardships, the horrors, the lusts and lurid depths, and the crystal beauty that led men to the sea in ships for hundreds of years.
 
Expect songs about drinking, death, nasty crimes on the water and of course pirates...

MUSICIANS
Kate St John (oboe / cor anglais / saxophone / accordion)
David Coulter (banjo / violin/ saw/ukulele/banjo/mandolin)
Leo Abrahams (guitar / hurdy gurdy / mandolin/ bouzouki)
Andy Newmark (drums)
Martyn Barker (percussion)
Dudley Phillips (double bass / electric bass)
Roger Eno (piano, keys, harmonium)

Background
While working on the Pirates of the Carribean films, director Gore Verbinski and his star Johnny Depp became fascinated with the lore and fable of the pirates and sailors who ran the high seas before the days of upright tray-tables and airsick bags. Not too far behind was Hal Willner, who quickly joined into the mix, dragging a very impressive list of musicians to create what we now know as Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.

The songs (on the CD) have titles like 'Baltimore Whores,' 'Boney Was a Warrior' (about Napoleon) and 'Little Boy Billee' sung by the artist Ralph Steadman about eating the cabin boy. A sea chantey (often spelt shanty) is a work song that was sung on the ol' ships in the day. Rhythmically they matched the activity speed of these men hauling on lines. Many of them are really filthy, many are really beautiful. 

'The ocean: it's all about the vast blue that engulfs two thirds of the planet. The human being cast against that abyss creates an interesting bit of perspective. I think the sailors of the time were dancing with death, and these were there tunes.' '
Gore Verbinski




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