SEA SONGS AND SHANTIES

FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

Many of you will be aware of the sad death of Dave Hoy in April 2019. Coming after the loss of Geoff Turner in 2015 Jim Hancock and Geoff Miller have accepted that these two fine singers and good friends are irreplaceable. We have decided therefore to disband The Roaring Forties (U.K.) rather than continue as a duo.

The past 25 years have left us with some wonderful memories both on and off stage, we have shared a stage with many of the finest performers in the genre, made some great friends and had some marvellous times. Jim and Geoff would like to thank all those involved over the years, be they club and festival organisers, fellow performers and especially all those who have turned out to watch us over the years. A very big thank you to you all.

Geoff and Jim will of course continue to perform both solo and in other combinations, who knows we may even come together again to sing sea songs but we have no plans to do so at present.

May 2019

 

 

Originally established in 1995 for the Hull Sea Fever festival the formation of THE ROARING FORTIES saw the coming together of four performers already well known on the East Coast folk scene as quality traditional singers. Since then the group has established a reputation for the powerful and authentic delivery of the finest of unaccompanied sea songs , from rip roaring shanties to the delicate sea ballads beloved of any sailor far from home. The group also have an extensive repertoire of songs for landlubbers, from drinking songs to love songs, suited to all occasions. With the emphasis on powerful choruses and plenty of audience participation you have the recipe for an exciting, entertaining and at times hilarious evening of British folk music at its best. Originally formed as a quartet the Roaring Forties now perform as a trio following the death of Geoff Turner in early 2015

The ROARING FORTIES

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DAVE HOY, ex merchant mariner and Antarctic explorer. Dave had his first folk club booking at the age of fifteen and has since developed a considerable reputation as a traditional singer. He is that great rarity among modern day shanty singers, a real sailor who genuinely has been round the Horn to Valaparaiso. Dave's singing has been recorded on E.F.D.S.S. compilations.

GEOFF MILLER, Fine solo singer and member of The Stubblejumpers Ceilidh Band. Geoff is well known as a festival M.C and appears on two Stubblejumpers albums, Warts & All, and their latest recording Sweet Sixteen and Still Jumping.

JIM HANCOCK, Scunthorpe based singer and writer of modern "traditional" songs. Recordings include the C.D. "Work's a Bitch" with Geoff Convery plus B.B.C. compilations "Folk Song 89" & "Lincolnshire Folk Songs" together with appearances on local and national radio.


ICEBOUND

Icebound is the true story of the whaling ships "Dee" (Aberdeen) & "Grenville Bay" (Newcastle) which, along with the "Norfolk", the "Thomas" and the "Advice" were trapped in the ice of Baffin Bay over the winter of 1836/7. Provisioned for a six month whaling expedition the vessels spent over a year in isolation, during which time the crews experienced extremes of hardship and deprivation, with no fuel for heat or cooking and the most meagre of rations. On board the Dee alone half the crew died of scurvy or frostbite, whilst many survivors suffered amputation on their return.

The story of tragedy, hardship and heroism, is told through a 60 minute performance of songs composed by the Roaring Forties, together with readings from the ships' logs and the diaries of the crews. It tells of the sinking of the Thomas, crushed by the Ice, The growing madness and eventual death of captain Gamblin of the Dee and the final indignity of being robbed within sight of the Scottish coast on their return.

With a wealth of first hand material Icebound gives a unique insight into the arctic whaling trade of the last century and is ideal for festivals or as part of a maritime theme evening for clubs.

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Specialist Maritime sets for clubs, festivals, concerts etc.

Shanty sessions & singarounds for festivals

More broadly based sets with songs from the maritime, agricultural and industrial traditions to suit individual club tastes.

Fees are negotiable depending upon the nature of the event, distance etc.

 

Previous Bookings Include

LANCASTER MARITIME FESTIVAL, CAPTAIN COOK FESTIVAL,

ENDEAVOUR FESTIVAL, MOOR & COAST FESTIVAL (WHITBY)

CLEETHORPES FOLK FESTIVAL, OTLEY FOLK FESTIVAL

BEVERLEY & EAST RIDING FOLK FESTIVAL, LINCOLN WATERSIDE FESTIVAL

EAST KIRKBY FOLK FESTIVAL, MUMBLES MARITIME FESTIVAL

HULL SEA FEVER SHANTY FESTIVAL, MARYPORT FESTIVAL OF THE SEA,

KEADBY SHANTY FESTIVAL, ORKNEY FOLK FESTIVAL, SCARBOROUGH SEA FEST.

THE TALL SHIPS RACE - STROMNESS, GREAT YARMOUTH SHANTY FESTIVAL

WHITBY FOLK WEEK

Plus numerous clubs and concerts

Appearances on B.B.C. Radio DERBY & B.B.C. Radio LINCOLN

For further information contact

Jim Hancock

Tel 01724 844241

Email Roaring Forties