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Steve now has his sails set for a different course

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Shiver me timbers ! At last I have good news regarding the shanty album. The damn thing is here. Yo ho bloody ho. It’s been about 2 years on the horizon and ‘ere she blows. Yo ho again. I am rather happy about this. 15 great songs and shanties about piraty things, scurvy things and life at sea. Some wistful thoughts of sailing homeward and others are the rollicking bollicking stomping kick up the arse type songs. Whatever, there is a sniff of the good old salt air about this album. Its only me from over the sea said Barnacle Bill the sailor. Definitely more Capt Jack than Capt Birds Eye this time mateys On Sale Now !

shanty-cover-front-200Steve's name is synonymous with the English country music scene and has been now for many years. However his latest album is a step away from his usual happy-go-lucky vocals. The new album is entitled and includes 17 songs with a nautical slant. There's even an authentic link to the Island's smuggling history. Chicks Milgate is the Greatgrandson of Zebedee Milgate one of the very last smugglers to be tried in England and he appears on the video for the haunting track Blackwater Smuggler along with Steve and the rest of the Mersea Island Crew.

Steve explained his change of style “It is music that I had enjoyed listening to but never really thought about recording an album of it. An album of sea shanties. Its rollicking trip in the salty air. Pirates of the Caribbean meets Captain Birds eye. No, that's a joke. I live on an island, I have had a boat for years and love bobbing about on the waves away from the madness that is life. Get away me land lubbers, take the Kings shilling and to sea we'll go. This new direction seems right for me just now. I am joined by a hearty crew of friends all singing their hearts out. I'm really proud of this new album, it's rather different but I'm really happy with the end result I feel it's possibly the best thing I've ever recorded.”

Steve with Nigel Legge
Steve with Nigel Legge, Cornish fisherman, artist and traditional lobster pot maker and Star of the BBC series 'The Fisherman's Apprentice' Nigel was the chap who first called Steve the Minstrel about 12 years ago.

There are songs you'll recognise instantly, revitalised in recent months by the popular Cornish singers the Fisherman's Friends, including the catchy; Sloop John B, What Shall we do with the Drunken Sailor , Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum and Blow the Man Down. There’s the Irish lilts of Raggle Taggle Gypsy and the catchy fiddle playing in Lowlands Low and the haunting flute in tracks like Haul Away Joe and A-Roving. Throughout the album, Steve takes you on a journey, from the melancholy side of smuggling with Blood Red Roses and Blackwater Smuggler then bursts back into an altogether more jovial, foot-tapping mood with South Australia, Johnny Come Down to Hilo and All for Me Grog. Fans of Steve's will be pleased that there's still a touch of the old romantic however with The Old Nickelodeon Sound and his special rendition of My Heart Will Go On. The past two years Steve has been on a very personal journey both with this new style of music and also releasing his autobiography.

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Filming the Blackwater Smuggler video with Chicks Milgate and Russel Hart.



Shanties and Other Songs of the Sea is available directly just Add to cart

Watch the music videos for this album on YouTube.
The Old Nickelodeon Sound
The Blackwater Smuggler
Steve singing live


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