She Shanties

Reviews of Spanker Boom

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‘…a fine set of shanties sung by a crew of women. It’s a fresh fair wind and a steer by the stars that takes an entirely different look at a great heritage – and makes a thoroughly good job of it.
The 12 voices whether lead or chorus, complement each other, the harmonies well-blended, the fit close and tight… this is an album that will engage and delivers as promised’
Folkwords - Tim Carroll - read the full Review.

‘…the sort of ambience and live feel of what you’d hear if you were sat in the same room. The seven songs are packed into just over twenty minutes; nothing outstays its welcome and they’ve chosen a strong set of songs, each accompanied by its own background and narrative… it’s good to see someone else breaking into the domain, female voices especially. That their opportunities for hauling away and splicing the main brace might have been limited back in the day certainly doesn’t affect how well they can sing the songs now’
Bright Young Folk - Mike Ainscoe - read the full Review.

‘…an all female unaccompanied group. They sing with verve and enthusiasm, in a style that reflects the physical strength that mariners on sailing ships would have expounded. Their joy in being able to sing these songs is conveyed to the listener’
EDS - Jacqueline Patten

‘…I think She Shanties do a grand job in striking a wonderfully fresh balance between ebullience and enterprise, conveying both the energy of the driven worksong and the natural harmonising potential of the material… Though but a short haul, Spanker Boom is a brilliant taster for this ensemble, of whom I look forward to hearing more’
Living Tradition - David Kidman - read the full Review.

‘…She Shanties are a 12 piece women’s shanty crew who… obviously enjoy a good sing.
On this CD there are strong leads… and it sounds as though they shared out the job of shanty woman. The responses are belted out in pleasing and infectious fashion.
Listening to the CD was a relatively short voyage but I think we will see and hear more of She Shanties’
Stirrings - Mike Wild


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