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Sea Fever

Item Number: CD3800


John Roberts has been singing English folk songs since the early 1960s, when he joined a local folk club in his native Worcestershire. Coming to the USA as a graduate student in 1968, he soon joined with Tony Barrand to form a duo that has lasted ever since. Singing in unaccompanied harmony, or with concertina or banjo, their entertaining style has delighted audiences at major festivals and venues such as Fox Hollow, Mariposa Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Old Songs, and Mystic Sea Music Festival, to name but a few. While continuing to work with Tony, John has continued to work as a solo performer since 1975 with the seasonal performances of Nowell Sing We Clear, though this is his first solo recording. He presents a selection of sea songs, some well known to folk aficionados and others less so. On this recording, his banjo and anglo concertina are augmented with Celtic harp, fiddle, viola, and whistle.


1. Sea Fever
2. Campa├▒ero
3. Diego’s Bold Shore
4. The Bonny Ship the Diamond
5. Candlelight Fisherman
6. Farewell Nancy
7. The Weeping Willow Tree
8. The Boatman’s Cure
9. Short Jacket and White Trousers
10. Sir Patrick Spens
11. Let the Bulgine Run/Sally in the Garden/Hog-Eye Man
12. The Black Cook
13. The Saucy Sailor
14. The Old Figurehead Carver
15. What Fortunes Guide a Sailor/Leave Her Johnny