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The Salts - Songs from the Sea
Songs from the Sea
When you promenade to Wilton’s Music Hall in a secluded pedestrian alley in Whitechapel (perhaps once frequented by Jack the Ripper rather than Jack Tar) you are transported (not to the colonies of the new world, but) back in time. A time of Gas lamps, Steam and Sail – it is the Sail aspect that “Songs from the Sea” focuses on. When Britannia ruled the waves
Brace yourselves, m´hearties, to join in with the songs y´all know and love including Haul Boys, Bound for South Australia, Blow the Man Down, Drunken Sailor and many more, and enjoy a barrel-load of stirring original tunes along the way.
Rocking five piece shantyfolk band The Salts return to Wilton’s on Wednesday 26th July with a rousing night mixing classics with original sea-faring songs with special guests, The Broadside Boys.
The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times. Fronted by Lee Collinson, twice BBC Young Folk finalist, and back in the day, replacement to Martin Carthy in the Keith Hancock Band (with whom he toured the World).
“Doing for shanties what the Pogues did for Irish Folk. Indeed 10,000 Miles and Bound for South Australia were at one time Pogued. However, The Salts version of “London Town” was quite unlike that of Bellowhead’s. A fantastic energy was show by The Salts and a great passion for their music.”
The Salts debut CD “She Rises” is available from Amazon and I-tunes. Their second, as yet unnamed CD due this autumn.
The Broadside Boys hail from Suffolk, sing songs influenced by the county they love.
Wednesday 26th July . 7:30pm to 10pm . Full Price £10 to £15; Concessions £7.50 to £12.50
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Magic Lantern Photography by Mr. Gary Cameron