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The Curious Sea Shanties of Innsmouth, MA (CD & Monograph)

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Miskatonic University Monograph:
The Curious Sea Shanty
Variants of Innsmouth, Mass.

The second of our series of academic papers published by Miskatonic University Press in 1927, The Curious Sea Shanty Variants of Innsmouth, Mass. combines erudite scholarship by Miskatonic's own folklorist, Prof. Albert Wilmarth (Ph. D.) and musicologist Carlton J. Connolly (A. Mus. D.).
Following the wave of sea shanty scholarship which began in the early 20s, Dr. Connolly happened upon a hospitalized Innsmouth sailor and from his very hospital room transcribed the unique lyrical variations to traditional shanties once sung by sailors in the isolated seaport of Innsmouth, Mass.

Dr. Connolly's scholarship explores the unique themes and perspectives of Innsmouth sailors as they sang songs to coordinate their work on Innsmouth's great sailing ships of the 19th Century. These lyrical themes and motifs provide a fascinating window into the culture of this isolated community. Dr. Wilmarth expands on this insight, examining the maritime history of this community which has gone from a thriving seaport to a derelict shadow of its former glories. Dr. Wilmarth even recounts his field-work in Innsmouth in an effort to gain first-hand knowledge of the community.

Ten years after Dr. Connolly's untimely passing, the Miskatonic Department of Music set out to honor Dr. Connolly by recording the Innsmouth shanties for the first time. Hear the Miskatonic Connolly Memorial Men's Choir sing Innsmouth variants of shanties such as: What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor, Spanish Ladies, Blow the Man Down, and many more performed in the style of New England's proud maritime tradition.

The monograph is 5.5 x 8.5 inches, saddle stapled with a high quality cover depicting a unique piece of scrimshaw from Innsmouth. Full-colour oversized maps of Marsh shipping routes form the centerfold. The companion compact disc features fourteen songs, performed by professional singers and boisterous shantymen with traditional accompaniment.

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