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The Raven : Hanging Johnny : Monto Water Rats 18 March 2010

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Uploaded on Mar 21, 2010

The Raven play Hanging Johnny live at the legendary Monto Water Rats in Grays Inn Road, London on 18 March 2010, supporting Eliza Carthy.

Hanging Johnny is a halyard sea shanty (or chantey) that would have been sung by the sailors of wooden ships as they hauled the ropes to hoist the sails.

I was already familiar with this song via the Stan Ridgeway version that appeared on the 2006 CD, 'Rogues Gallery; Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys', which featured interpretations of traditional songs by artists not usually associated with the genre, such as Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Jarvis Cocker, Bryan Ferry and Bono! Coincidentally, it was also through this CD that I first discovered the evening's headliner, Eliza Carthy, whose performance of Rolling Sea appears on the collection!

The Raven are Carolyn Forbes (vocals/flute) & Stephen Moncrieff (guitar/vocals).

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