Songs of the Sea & Sea
We'll do Songs of the Sea in the first
hour and Sea Shanties in the second hour.
Sea shanties were the work songs
of sailors before the invention of steam driven ships. They were used
to coordinate the hoisting of sails, general
hauling, and work at the capstan (raising the anchor), among others
shipboard duties. Richard will briefly describe the
different types of shanties and their use but the workshop will primary
consist of as much singing as possible. Audience participation is encouraged.
Richard’s interest in traditional music began
in the early 70s when he moved to California. He was part of several
groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, the best known of which was Out
of the Rain. The band was active from 1983 to 1995 and recorded two studio
cassettes, A Common Treasury and Song of the Wage Slave. Richard also
produced With the Friends I Love Best, a compilation CD of live concert
recordings from Out of the Rain performances.
Richard is one of the regular
shanty singers at Hyde Street Pier’s
monthly shanty sings in San Francisco, held aboard one of the historic
sailing ships moored there. In 2002 he released Time Ashore is Over,
a recording of sea shanties and sea songs featuring a chorus of singers
from Hyde Street Pier. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Richard also has
a keen interest in songs of the Great Lakes sailors.
In addition to being
a vocalist, Richard also plays the guitar, tin whistle and fiddle.
Richard has recorded three albums of sea songs together
with Peter Kasin. The first two, "Boldly from the Westward" and "Cast
off Each Line" will certainly be available at the Festival. The
third album, "With Shipmates All Around" may be available if
it gets here in time.