Sea Music

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Former Del Fuegos frontman Dan Zanes continues his homespun children's folk series with a set of shanties and other nautical delights on the appropriately titled Sea Music. In the grand tradition of briny stalwarts like Ewan MacColl, Paul Clayton, and A.L. Lloyd, Zanes keeps things simple, employing a small folk ensemble and chorus that allow the songs the infinite headroom that their menial subject matter requires. As expected, there's an underlying sense of whimsy that caters to the younger crowd, but Zanes seems genuinely inspired by the genre, offering heartfelt renditions of classics like "Shenandoah" and "Mingulay Boat Song" with a deep historical ...
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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Former Del Fuegos frontman Dan Zanes continues his homespun children's folk series with a set of shanties and other nautical delights on the appropriately titled Sea Music. In the grand tradition of briny stalwarts like Ewan MacColl, Paul Clayton, and A.L. Lloyd, Zanes keeps things simple, employing a small folk ensemble and chorus that allow the songs the infinite headroom that their menial subject matter requires. As expected, there's an underlying sense of whimsy that caters to the younger crowd, but Zanes seems genuinely inspired by the genre, offering heartfelt renditions of classics like "Shenandoah" and "Mingulay Boat Song" with a deep historical reverence. The performances are raw and authentic -- they were recorded in his kitchen -- and the instrumentation flirts with country, blues, and British folk with grace and humor. The Smithsonian Folkways-style packaging and extensive liner notes convey his passion for preservation, providing everything from chord changes to recommended recordings for further study, but it's the earthy enthusiasm that bubbles up beneath work songs like "Cape Cod Girls" and "Blow Ye Winds in the Morning" that resonates the deepest. Sea Music is quietly bombastic, thoroughly charming, and surprisingly authentic, especially when the quintessential drunk sailor song, "All for Me Grog," is led by an 11-year-old.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Festival Five Rec.
  • UPC: 800495000420
  • Catalog Number: 950004
  • Sales rank: 211,015

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Zanes Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, cuatro
John DeNicola Vocals, Upright Bass
Bob Sullivan Guitar, Vocals
Barbara Brousal Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Rob Friedman Pump Organ
Anna Zanes Vocals
Yoshi Waki Upright Bass
Aggie Decaul Vocals
Cynthia Hopkins Accordion, Vocals, Saw
Louise Sullivan Vocals
Lucas Mockler Vocals
Sophia Mockler Violin, Vocals
Donald Saaf Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Andrew Mockler Horn, Vocals
Jenny Mockler Vocals
Suzanne Sullivan Vocals
Technical Credits
Alan Lomax Liner Notes
Phil Klum Mastering
Dan Zanes Producer
Rob Friedman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Stan Hugill Liner Notes
William Main Doerflinger Liner Notes
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