Traditional Seafaring Songs collected 1890-1941, transcribed, mended, arranged, and performed by Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee
Julia has been reviewing the several collections of songs from Maine gathered by folklorists in the 19th and 20th century as well as finding additional songs in unlikely places. To date she has found approximately 7000 songs with Maine providence. We want to thank the Maine Folklife Center, the Library of Congress and Middlebury College for allowing us access to their collections.
The songs run the gamut from murder ballads to love songs, war songs, and sailor songs. These are just a few of the wonderful pieces we have found. Some are rendered as we found them, others were incomplete and have been "mended" either by borrowing verses from other versions or writing new material. We hope you won't notice the seams! In all cases we have strived to remain true to the spirit of the songs whilst adding our own 21st century sensibilities.
- Fred Gosbee September 20, 2015