'Shanties and Sea Songs from the Mersey Shantyman'
Stan Hugill with Stormalong John
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recordings were made in the lounge of a small boarding house in Stan’s home
village of Aberdovey, during an informal session as part of a celebration of
Stan’s 85th birthday, in the company of his friends and regular chorus:
Stormalong John’ from Liverpool.
1929 became his first as a shantyman. the man for the job being the one
confident enough to do it, and able to gain the respect of his shipmates. The
Garthpool’ was a very leaky ship, and Stan’s rendition, at the pumps, of Fire
down below’, shortly before the ship was wrecked. gave him the honour of being
the last man to sing a shanty in action on a British vessel. After World War 2,
during which Stan had been a POW. (leading his German captors a merry dance!) he
became bosun of the Outward Bound Sea School at Aberdovey. Here he started on
his monumental collection ‘Shanties of the Seven Seas’, followed by ‘Sailortown’,
being an account of life ashore around the world, from the viewpoint of the
1. A-rolling Down the River
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