Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Valparaiso round the Horn

Valparaiso sailing history once in a while also reminds us that it has left an imprint on the folk musical tradition under the shape of the sea shanties. So in the last decade at least two CD albums in particular show this folk musical tradition that links Valparaiso and the main world cityports in songs. The first one, Valparaiso round the Horn was released in 2000 by the well known english shantyman Joe Stead telling the story in songs of a sailing voyage from Liverpool to Valparaiso around 1860s.
The second one, released in 2007 is the Valparaiso Men's Chorus - Guano & Nitrates. Like the first CD it is an album entirely composed of traditional sea shanties. A reviewer comments that the likes of "Drunken Sailor", "Blow the Man Down", "Spanish Ladies" and such. Generally, a strictly traditional selection does not a remarkable album make, but the Valparaiso Men's Chorus enacts several strokes of genius. The first, and most immediately noticeable, is a definitive New Orleans party flair to their music.
More on:
The Valparaiso Men's Chorus - Guano & Nitrates
Valpo and sea shanties (Spanish)