Making Waves

Making Waves

Self-Propelled Music. ASM103D (1992)

No longer available in CD, but you can still have these great songs via digital download.

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For one momentous year, Tom was joined by two excellent musicians and singers: Felicia Dale and William Pint ... who is also an inventive music arranger.

"Thoroughly entertaining ... brimming with robustly resonant harmonies and songs, by turns traditional and contemporary, thoughtful and whimsical."
Mike Joyce, The Washington Post

Making full use of Pint and Dale's talents, this album features a repertoire from sources as diverse as Rudyard Kipling and John Tams: of "Sharpe's Rifles" fame.

Click on listen to sample to listen to a sample of the song. Click on the song title to see the lyrics.

  1. listen to sampleRolling Down to Rio Kipling's poignant observation: so many places ... so little time!
  2. listen to sampleThe Anchor Song ... closely followed by his dramatic observations on the outset of a (18th century? 17th?) merchant ship's voyage from England.
  3. listen to sampleSou' Spain ... and this evocative setting of one of Cicely Fox Smith's poems might have been that ship's destination?
  4. listen to sample March of the King of Laois Felicia's hurdy-gurdy gives this traditional melody a distinct "Celtic" feel.
  5. listen to sampleHerzogin Cecile Southampton's Ken Stevens encapsulated the (1936) loss of a record-breaking, 4-masted barque, in this thrilling song.
  6. listen to sampleCongo River A halyard (halliard)-shanty contemporaneous to the infamous era of the "Slave Trade", which, at that time, was often referred to by the (slightly) less unsavoury appellation of ...
  7. listen to sampleAfrican Trade The writing of this cri de coeur was occasioned by a visit to Liverpool Docks, one of the focal points of an odious traffic.
  8. listen to sampleThe Whale Author, composer, performer, researcher: (Dr.) Stuart Frank, erstwhile Director of the Kendall Whaling Museum; later Senior Curator at New Bedford Whaling Museum; has - amongst a host of subjects - an encyclopaedic knowledge of cetations.
  9. listen to sampleEx-Sailor's Life Departing a 24-year naval career in 1983, Tom felt qualified to comment upon this subject ... with a rousing, and heartfelt, chorus.
  10. listen to sampleCatherine Scots expatriate (now Canadian) piper: Neil Dickie wrote this tune; naming it for his daughter.
  11. listen to sampleLa Paimpolaise On singing a rendition of this traditional Breton sea song (actually in Paimpol!), Tom was gently corrected that: "This is not a happy song. When singing it, you should emulate Edith Piaf." He was suitably chastened.
  12. listen to sampleSwallow the Anchor It's probably common in any 'service' environment, but in the R.N. nicknames are ubiquitous. Ignorance of shipmate's actual, baptismal, name
  13. listen to samplePull Down Lads A true 'renaissance man of folk music': John Tams deftly conveys the dichotomy inherent in any departure, however heart-rending ... there's a destination upcoming.