VARIOUS – Harbour of Songs

Stables 2012

News of the building of a seafaring yacht made from donated wooden items caught the imagination of the British public and gets a deft re-boot from The Stables music venue’s commission of folk artists (old hands and new recruits) in this novel imagining of the stories behind some of the elements.

Sheds, trees, game boards, a conjuror’s stool – even a toy mouse – are picked from the plethora of timber tit-bits, from zebrawood to pine, inspiring new songs from The Unthanks, Villagers, Alasadair Roberts, Ralph McTell and Steve Tilston. If the longer-in-tooth veer stylistically to a heartier thrumming, the up-and-coming opt for the voguish whispered atmospheric – either way, there’s nary a sea shanty in sight and with the likes of novelist Nick Hornby and poet Ian McMillan on board, the wordplay is as rich as the music across a compelling and diverse set.

Standouts range from The Unthanks poignant ‘The Ruler’ to Janis Ian’s cute ‘Tiny Mouse’ by way of Hannah Moulette’s wonderfully theatrical ‘Pampelmusse & The Conjuror’s Stool’, while Tilston’s ‘Sail On By’ is resolutely the compilation’s most commercial offering. The yacht named Collective Spirit was launched in May and everyone here enters into its titular sentiment in a consistently entertaining reading of a novel concept.


Peter Muir

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