Mingulay Boat Song
We re-recorded this song for "Maiden Voyage." This song was arranged for all of us to use our strengths;
men together, women together, duets and choruses. Paired
into couples during the verses are Jon & Maggie, Dean &
Christie and David & Gina. We added a round near the
end, just because we could and it sounded nice. We
frequently hear reactions to this song like the one below and it
makes us very happy and proud.
|"I was listening to your CD in the car with my husband and we
got through the first song when he hijacked the CD player and
said, " I want to hear it again!" (and again
and again . . .) Just thought you'd like to know.
"Someday I'll play the second song for him!"
Lead singer for Seelie
(Tony Goodenough, recorded
Tony Goodenough wrote "Pump Shanty" and performed it with
The Shanty Crew. This song was introduced to us
Dale at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Tony recently wrote to us with his
blessings for us to use his piece. Filled with
double-entendres, the song is fun on all levels and the
rhythm gives you a feeling for the nature of the work
aboard a tall ship.
Dean sings to the
concertina accompaniment of our friend David HB Drake. This
song has long been a favorite of Dean's and it was an
honor for him to perform it for Bounding Main. The version that we sing has
evolved from the original, both to accommodate the
Renaissance motif (jumpers were sweaters invented no
earlier than the 1800's, for instance) and through simple
Soloist: Dean Calin
|"Ahoy, Bounding Main !
have just discovered your website and have been
enjoying listening to your version of my song
'Fiddler's Green' . . ."
- John Connolly
Legendary Folk Singer
Music available from
The Chantey Cabin
Me, You Owe Me
Jon goes wild on this piece! We had so
much fun recording this song, adding voices and percussion
to the background. David HB Drake stepped in and
gave us a hand with castanets while Dean shook the
tambourine, Pretty Boy David knocked sticks, Maggie struck some
other wooden objects together and Christie added her
virtuoso kazoo, while Gina lead us in the chorus.
Soloist: Jon Krivitzky
(Rod MacDonald, recorded
Rod MacDonald's song is a
ballad of strength and unity with a marvelous
chorus. Rod was kind enough to grant us permission to use
this song, and we put our own touch to this piece.
Previously arranged by Jon Krivitzky for
his efforts with Mosaic Whispers, the arrangement that we
performed was influenced by his earlier work and also flavors acquired by
versions performed at local renaissance faires. We really
enjoyed this arrangement and
we hope you do, too!
Another manly tune sung by David Yondorf. His
amazing voice propels you along on this journey between
icy north waters and the bliss of the tropics. Jon's
arrangements for the accompaniment are
Soloist: David Yondorf
A Rovin' (Amsterdam Maid)
We added this song to the CD at the last minute.
This is normally one of our audience participation pieces,
but with Maggie's help it became a fun piece here,
too. The version compiled by Stan Hugill had so many
verses it could go on for days! Dean shortened the verses
to accommodate the size of our group and put in
a definitive closing line.
Soloist: Dean Calin
the Wind Southerly
Maggie discovered this song and brought it to Bounding
Main. This is an amazingly sweet tune that our girls
have down to a science of harmony. Maggie's heartfelt
performance speaks for the wives of the men who work at
sea. Gina and Christie's beautiful accompaniment
makes this song a treasure. It is not to be
Soloist: Maggie Hannington
This is another favorite around the Bristol Renaissance
Faire crowd. It has
an audience participation piece in the chorus for "Ocean
Waves Do Roll" and "Stormy Winds Do Blow."
Let the Bounding Mainiacs, our stalwart
fans, show you how!
We did a version of this song on "Casting Off," but
re-recorded it for "Maiden Voyage."
(Young E. Alison)
Everyone loves pirates, and what better song than Derelict
to give an audience all of the expected "Yo-ho-ho's"
that they long to hear? David Yondorf's amazing voice
carries all of us through this piece. Maggie never fails
to be amazed that David has never sung professionally before
working with Bounding Main. Heather Lewin's fiddle helps
us turn this song into an appropriately spooky piece. The
arrangement for this song is our own, but we were inspired by
The Jolly Rogers' "Yo Heave Ho" in the last verse and it
fit well with our background vocals. This song was
re-recorded for "Maiden Voyage."
Soloist: David Yondorf
Leave Her, Johnnie
Leave Her, Johnnie is homeward-bound shanty and is normally
sung by the men preparatory to landing. It is an
opportunity for the crew to complain about the officers, the
food, the ship, the pay and fellow sailors. We arranged Leave Her, Johnnie
to be the voice of the women waiting for their sailor men to
return to them a
"Calling Home Shanty," if you will.
think we may well have turned this into a love song!
This is one of our most popular pieces, which we newly
recorded for this CD.
|"When Bounding Main sang "Leave Her,
Johnnie" it darn near brought me to
the rest of the set was just as
Bristol Renaissance Faire Patron
Health to the Company
This song was once selected for the
closing of the Bristol Renaissance
Faire. It is a traditional
Irish/Scottish parting song.