Hughie Jones: Maritime Miscellany
Since The Spinners retired, Hughie has been ploughing a solo path doing concerts and appearing at shanty festivals and the like. He’s also involved with the Everyman Folk Club in Liverpool and has made a number of solo CDs. Hughie is also a fine song writer and includes two of his songs on this album.
On this seventeen track CD he performs an interesting and varied mixture of sea songs and categorises them as ocean racers (The Liverpool Packet) sea fights (The Constitution and Guerriere), songs by American writers (Isaac Lewis), songs by British writers (Solomon Browne), whaling songs (The Coast of Peru) ,and traditional favourites (The Handsome Cabin Boy, Captain Kidd).
Also present are John McCormick (bass), Brian Peters (squeeze boxes), Dave Russell (fiddle) and Bob Conroy (banjo). They all make significant contributions to supplement Hughie’s strong guitar. He is in fine voice and certainly ‘lives’ the songs.
There is only one shanty - Blow the Man Down – given the full treatment with instruments and harmony chorus. The Aerial and Taeping (two ocean racers)and A-Whaling on the Morgan are the ones written byHughie. The latter starts with a long spoken introduction describing how it was influenced by the story Moby Dick. It turns into a fine song with a really catchy chorus.
I can warmly recommend this album.