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Kings Of The South Seas

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Kings Of The South Seas
Kings Of The South Seas


A boundary-crossing folk album inspired by the adventures of 19th Century British whalers in the South Seas, produced by John Parish. Inspired by epic whaling expeditions of the early 19th Century from Britain to the South Pacific, round the South Sea Islands, the eponymous debut 'Kings of the South Seas' is a mesmerising and brave new album delving into the lives of the 'whale men' and their culture, expressed through a contemporary take on traditional song, broadsides and hymns. These tales of great voyages and brutal experiences on the sea are given visceral new life by musician's Ben Nicholls (The Full English, Seth Lakeman Band, Dennis Hopper Choppers) Richard Warren (Echoboy, The Hybirds) and Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio). 'Kings of the South Seas' was produced and mixed by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Tracy Chapman). Together, these stellar musicians merge folk, jazz, music hall and rock, with double bass, concertina, electric guitar and drums (punctuated by Nicholls' baritone) and the result is a recording that was completed after an intense three days during the Summer of 2014 at Cecil Sharp House in North-West London. The material was researched by Ben Nicholls during his Creative Residency there, supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Fittingly then, the 'Kings of the South Seas' album will be launched with a very special gig at Cecil Sharp House on Tuesday 18th November. The night will be opened by acclaimed author, Philip Hoare, whose books include Leviathan or, The Whale (which won the Samuel Johnson Prize (2009). The band will be accompanied by a film of found footage created by Bafta nominated documentary maker Adam Clitheroe. Often four years long, these voyages pushed the boundaries of the known World, spreading European culture, both good and bad, and returning with the tallest tales ever heard as they landed to trade, supply and repair their ships, all a by-product of the doomed commercial venture undertaken. The album conveys all this, transfigured with the lore of the whales and the call of the seas.


  1. Name
  2. I Never Missed My Home
  3. Weary Whaling Grounds
  4. Eight Bells
  5. Over The Gloomy Hills
  6. King Of The Cannibal Islands
  7. The Great Sea Snake
  8. Coast Of Peru
  9. Sailor's Frolic Or Life In The East
  10. Terrible Polly
  11. I'm On My Journey Home
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