I have been singing most of these songs on and off since around 1962. Up until about 1970 this was as half of The Crofters, the Bristol based folk duo who performed regularly at folk clubs mainly in the West of England and on radio and TV. We both sang and I played mainly mandola, autoharp, banjo and recorder and my singing partner, Martin Pyman, played guitar. My singing career was put on hold for some 30 years after all my instruments fell out of the boot of my car and were squashed en route to a folk club booking when going up a 1 in 4 (25%) hill out of Waterley
Bottom near Wottonunder-Edge in Gloucestershire. In those early years The Crofters recorded three EPs and two tracks from these are included here as bonus tracks on CD2.
Sailor’s songs and shanties, tales of piracy and shipwreck, whaling, fishing, exploration, immigration and deportation songs:
Across the Western Ocean Shanty; The Dark-Eyed Sailor Broken token song; The Banks of Sicily (Hamish Henderson) War at sea; The Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney) Sailor’s song; Greenland Whale Fisheries Whaling song; La Pique Sailor’s song; The Banks of Newfoundland Sailor’s song; The Shoals of Herring (Ewan McColl) Fishing song; Ratcliffe Highway Sailor’s song; Ellan Vannin (Hughie Jones) Shipwreck; The Bonnie Ship 'The Diamond' Whaling song; Lord Franklin Marine exploration; Moreton Bay Transportation song; Sweet England Immigration song; The Great Silkie of Sule Skerrie Mythical sea story; Invitation To North America Immigration song; The Dolphin Pirate song; Farewell To Tarwathie Whaling song; Off To Sea Once More Whaling song, Tom Bowling (Charles Dibdin) Sailor’s song; Rounding the Horn Sailor’s song; Three Score and Ten Sea disaster; Van Dieman's Land Transportation song; Pill Ferry (Adge Cutler) Local ferry song; Ballad of the Severn Bridge (Gef Lucena) Local bridge song;