The voices of the River Dart
Pilgrims' progress

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Nocturne by James McNeill Whistler


More water songs, fresh and salty....

Above: "Anchor" by singer/songwriter Emily Mae Winters, who was born in England, raised in Ireland, and is now based in London. The song appeared on her album Siren Serenade (2017).

Below: "Great Northern River" performed by  the The Unthanks (sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank), from Northumbria. They first recorded this song by Teeside musician Graeme Miles for their album Songs from the Shipyards (2012). The live version here is from the compilation album Other Voices, Series 11, Volume 1 (2013).

Above: "Queen of Waters" by the Anglo/Australian folk duo Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, performed at the Bath Folk Festival in 2013. The song can be found on their album Twice Reflected Sun (2010).

Below: "Fragile Water," a deeply magical song by Nancy Kerr about transformation, and fluidity, mythological and otherwise. The song appeared on her solo album Instar (2016).

Above: "Lady of the Sea" by Seth Lakeman, who hails from the other side of Dartmoor. This live version was recorded in February 2021 for an online concert celebrating the 15th anniversary of the album Freedom Fields. The backing musicians are unlisted on the video, but I recognised my Modern Fairies colleague Ben Nicholls playing bass for the concert.

Below: "Leave Her Johnny," performed by The Longest Johns, a folk & sea shanty band from Bristol, and their Mass Choir Community Video Project produced during the pandemic lockdown last year. "We originally hoped for 100 submissions for this project," they say. "When almost 500 turned up, we had to rethink our plans. It's so amazing to watch this video and see the faces of people still keeping Folk Music and Sea Shanties alive all around the globe. A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and remember to keep singing!"

Let's take a moment and marvel at the amount and diversity of art that has come out of this long, hard pandemic. The human spirit at its best.

The previous "water songs" post can be found here. The art today is "Nocturne," an etching by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).