The Souls of the Sea
For nearly four centuries the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts has been the story of America's greatest fishing port. With this CD, we commemorate the lives and the legacy of the 10,000 Gloucester fishermen who died at sea while fishing. Performed by Allen Estes, The Souls of the Sea is a compilation of 10 original songs plus two standards which capture the heart and soul of America's most dangerous occupation: commercial fishing. The story of fishing is a true microcosm of American ideals, struggles, and values. Focusing on the fishermen and families of America's oldest fishing port, the songs capture the universal concepts of hope, perseverance, hard work, and devotion to family. One of the songs, "Where'd They Go" is the official song of The City of Gloucester (MA).
The rousing performance by The Souls Of The Sea Band at a concert called Benefish is captured in this memorable CD. The purpose of the concert was to raise funds for organizations which support and benefit commercial fishermen, their families and their heritage. Listen and become part of the new awareness of the real American Cowboy, the commercial fisherman. In the whole history of the American work force there's been no group more rugged, more daring, tougher, or more productive and entrepreneurial than commercial fishermen. These intrepid individuals never receive wages for their work. They get a "share"of the catch after expenses. If expenses are not met the crew gets nothing, it's a "broker". The system is hard, often unfair, but is pure American capitalism, where risk and difficulty and danger are ever-present obstacles, where success requires an incredible degree of skill, ingenuity, knowledge, and teamwork. The ideal symbol of American self-reliance is the Commercial Fisherman.
Love Songs from the harbor
A special bond of love exists between fishermen at sea and their loved ones back on shore. Sometimes this love reaches beyond temporal understanding to the regions of the heart and soul where the connection is no longer physical. Most of these songs were inspired by the people of our nation's oldest working commercial fishing port, Gloucester, Massachusetts, from where over ten thousand fishermen have been lost at sea. This CD is dedicated to the lost fishermen and those who loved them.
Christmas in Gloucester
The diverse and beautiful world music adapted for this CD is inspiring and reflects America's melting pot of cultures brought together by the Christmas season. With profound original lyrics and dynamic musical arrangements the songs are performed by some of the nation's most gifted musicians and singers. Christmas In Gloucester will make you laugh, cry, and ponder the true meaning of Christmas as told through the courageous, tragic, and triumphant personal stories from America's oldest seaport, Gloucester, Massachusetts from where over 10,000 fishermen have been lost at sea.