Sunday, July 19, 2015

Baby Gramps: Cape Cod Girls

I heard this track on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction the other evening. It comes from the 2006 compilation album of sea shanties and the like Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys.

Baby Gramps turns out to be a legend of the Seattle music scene. Patrick Ferris once said of him:
His voice is a cross between Popeye the Sailor and a Didgeridoo and the plinkity plink of his VERY worn National steel guitar, sounds like a wind up jack in the box. If you listen closely and know anything about music, you'll realize Gramps is an absolutely incredible guitar player.


Andrew Hickey said...

That whole compilation is superb -- Bryan Ferry sounding like Tom Waits, Eliza Carthy, Loudon Wainwright... everything on it is wonderful.

William said...

What a coincidence. After crowds had gone home this shanty could be heard drifting across the ground from the away dressing room, Lord's yesterday evening: team song.