Peter Kennedy Collection

A. H. Rasmussen, London 1955. Tape 2

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Andrew PaceRasmussen continues to talk about and sing his shanties, life on Norwegian sailing ships, and the life of a shantyman.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceRasmussen talks about shanties he heard along the Mexican coast, before singing two. He then talks about hearing a man named Pedro singing shanties, and then sings a Mexican variation of 'Blow de man down'.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/82

  • Recording date

    1955-04-11

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    London, Greater London, England

  • Performers

    Rasmussen, A. H. (singer, male / spoken, male)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] A.H. Rasmussen (74) rec. London 11.4.55 1. Fire In the Fore.- 2. (Santy Anna) Maximillian's Daughter [1'40"].- 3. Mexican Log-Loading Chantey. Overloaded. Total [2'10"] Hala Humbre (Haul Man) (Laguna del Terminos) Talk [0'30"] [Shanty [1'25"] Talk [1'35"] Shanty [2'00"].- Blow de Man Down (Topsail shantey) Talk [0'30"] Shanty [0'30"] Total [1'00"].- Santy Anna) Maximillian's Daughter (Topsail) Talk [0'45"] Total [2'25"] Shanty only [1'40"].- 5. Blow, Boys, Blow) Sacramento. Intro [1'45"] Shanty [2'15"] Total [4'00"]. Omit last verse [1'45"] (Capstan) Talk about "Patria".- 6. Gen intro about topsails. Talk [0'50"] Rio Grande. Total [2'35"] (Topsail).- Fire in the Fore (Hand Over Hand.- 7. Haul in the Bowl [0'35"] Hand Over Hand.

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    Albert Rasmussen pictured in an unknown outdoor location, 1950s

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[6:49]

Rasmussen continues to talk about and sing his shanties, life on Norwegian sailing ships, and the life of a shantyman.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 16:22:00

[3:15]

Rasmussen talks about shanties he heard along the Mexican coast, before singing two. He then talks about hearing a man named Pedro singing shanties, and then sings a Mexican variation of 'Blow de man down'.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 16:20:00

Albert Henry Rasmussen was a Norwegian sailor and shantyman, and later a war historian to the Royal Navy. He introduces each song before singing.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 16:13:00