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Sea Shanty For Portland


9:10am 8th September 2012
(Updated 8:46am 10th September 2012)

Ramblers on a special walk on Portland this morning will be serenaded on their way.

A group of singers will be performing a special a sea shanty written for the Island.

They'll be placed along strategic places on the route round Tout Quarry.

Created by Falmouth based artists A & B (Annie Lovejoy & Belle Benfield) for the b-side festival, the lyrics are written directly from stories and conversations with Portlanders and those who have made the island their home.

When we lived down Chiswell we always got flooded
There's bin thirty cars pil-ed high in the street
I can na believe that I've seen such a surge-O
Our children they say, are born with webbed feet

You can find out more about these adventures and the people they've met on the website, where the song will also be available as a free download http://soundingstone.wordpress.com

Arranged by local musicians, the shanty will be performed in pubs, post offices, cafes and on the streets of Portland. If you by chance hear an a cappella recording in a taxi cab or cafe you may find yourself singing along...

O where have you been to and where are you going?
Up top, down under, down beach, over brow
Up Tout, out Bill, she's gone along now

At 1pm, all are welcome at the Drill Hall for a ?bring and share? lunch that will celebrate the local with food and music. Versions of the shanty will be sung by the Portland Shanty Group, Island Voices and Children?s choir along with local musicians keeping festivities lively.

Did you know that Portland Stone has a beautiful ring? Come along and hear the sounds of the  stone lithophone (a zylophone made from Portland Stone) created by the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust. Eat, sing, be merry... and meet some of the many people that have  contributed their stories, or musical talents to Portland's own shanty.

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