Includes 'Tall Shippes' 2005 and voyages into 2006. The following is a selection of photographs taken during the Newfounland/Labrador and Tall Ships Festivals 2005 updated with shots from Voyage Two 2006, and some shots from Falmouth
Our first performance was before an invited audience in the award-winning Granary Museum of Treasurers here in our home port of Waterford in April 2005.
In May/June 2005 we supported the Festival of the Sea Week, celebrating our heritage links with Newfoundland and Labrador, by performing both in Dunmore East and at Duncannon Fort. This Estuary Festival aims at bringing together the peoples of southeast Ireland, and their distant relatives on the North East coast of Canada
Our first voyage culminated in a whirlwind extravaganza of shanty singing during the 4 day festival surrounding the beginning of the Tall Ships Race in Waterford City in July 2005. We performed on board a number of the Tall Ships including the Dunbrody, the Christian Radich, and the Mir. Other performances were in City Hall and on the Quay side. We were featured in Nationwide on RTE1 (the national television service), in addition to live performances on Sea Scapes on Radio 1 and Lyric FM.
Our CD "The First Voyage" was well received and sold out quickly (See review below).
One of the unexpected hits of the Tall Ships' Festival was the acapella choir Hooks And Crookes, with their impressive approach to crowds. They were so friendly and so full of fun and good humour as their gentle style with shanties and fishy songs delighted the locals and visitors alike. They have a new CD out and the seventeen tracks give a great selection.
Taking their name from the two headlands at the entrance to Waterford harbour, they were formed out of musical nights in Kennedy's Pub in Callaghane to share their style of singing to link into two maritime festivals. The Estuary Festival that celebrated our heritage links with Newfoundland and The Tall Ships' Festival. Such was their charm that RTE included them in their Nationwide coverage from the Tall Ships.
A highlight on the disc is the rousing singing on Banks Of Newfoundland. I caught them in action the opening day of the Festival as they gathered outside City Hall to entertain the distinguished guests at the opening ceremony. They greeted people in their stylish smocks and sailors' caps and there was a genuine sense of fun and sharing. This bonhomie comes across on the CD with Fiddlers' Green, The Lowlands Low and All For Me Grog.
The inclusion of Shenandoah does seem a little strange but when you hear their version it makes fine vocal sense. An added attraction is the French song Hardi Les Gars which complements the fine Irish tune Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile.
Anne Barry did the arrangements and Eddie Deevy produced. The members of Hooks and Crookes are Pat Hennessy, Colm Long, Declan McGrath, Joe Phelan, John Quann, Edward McBride, Frankie Bowe, Eddie Deevy, Tony Barden, Pat Sheridan, Michael Hearne, Alan Deevy and Tim Sherman.
The group hope to go to Newfoundland next year and if you would buy their CD it would help their fundraising.
The now annual gathering for crew members, their wives and lovers (none have turned up yet!!) was held in the Tennis Club, the usual venue, and a great night was had by all. Songs and chat and pints. Sure what more would a land-bound crew want? Aye