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Constellation's Crew with Hank Cramer - Back to Sea

Back to Sea

Constellation's Crew with Hank Cramer


Ferryboat Music, LLC
P. O. Box 22,
Winthrop, WA 98862

Purchase information at Hank Cramer's web site.

A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied

This is a sea song (and other relative music types) CD performed by Hank Cramer and his musical "crew". It is a collection of traditional tunes which are fun to listen to, especially if you have a nautical bent. Hank has a wonderful voice and is complimented by 15 other singers/players. Mark Iler, Jessie McKeegan and Di Meyer also take the helm of singing lead and do a nice job too.

The tunes are listed as traditional and all are well chosen. Traditional tunes stay around because people like them. I loved the gospel feel of the tune The Galveston Flood as well as the ballad Farewell to Nova Scotia which Ian and Sylvia made famous in their day and which gets a refreshing replay here with Hank Cramer as the lead singer. There are some nice instrumentals included and a surprise in the form of Amazing Grace played solo on cello by Michelle Cameron—fabulous—Amazing.

The album comes with an added DVD called the Welcoming Concert for the Tall Ships. A nice addition because of camera work showing the tall ships coming and going into Victoria, BC. The Constellation's Crew (some) are recorded in a live concert setting as a backdrop to the sailing activities. There are other tunes on the DVD than are on the main CD recording so you get a little extra here.

So if sea songs/shanties appeal to you or you would like to brush up a bit before singing on the next voyage, this is a good music set to have.

CD Play List:

  • All Around Cape Flattery
  • The Kesh Jig/The Moon and the Seven Stars
  • Country Life
  • Old Ironsides
  • The Gale
  • John Kanaka
  • Amazing Grace
  • I Courted a Sailor
  • Tall Ships
  • The Galveston Flood
  • Reuben James
  • The Harp Without the Crown
  • Garry Owen
  • Up Bound and Empty
  • Johnny Come Down to Hilo
  • Farewell to Nova Scotia

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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