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Gloucester Knockabout

Written/Posted by BConk


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Size: 1,027kb, uploaded 11/28/2006 8:17:36 AM
Genre: Unknown/None Chosen / Playing Style: Other

9 comments on “Gloucester Knockabout”

BConk Says:
Tuesday, November 28, 2006 @8:40:00 AM

I had an explanation of the title all written out with the link but I didn't know it would be cut off mid sentence.

Gloucester (pronounced "Glosster") Knockabouts were a type of fishing schooner used in the Grand Banks fishery from 1901 to WWII. They carried smaller rowboats known as Banks Dories stacked upside down on their decks for trips lasting several weeks out to the Grand Banks off Newfounland.

Once there, with these dories, pairs of fishermen called "dorymates" would row out about 1/2 mile from the "mother ship" and fish handlines or "trawls" for cod, pollock, haddock, and halibut. Once their boats were filled they'd row back to the ship and offload. Once the hold of the ship was filled with fish and ice - they'd head back to the busy ports of New England and sell their catch.

Im my mind, the song begins with fishermen in a dory seeing the signal flag telling them that the ship's hold was full and it was time to head back to port. 

What there is of lyrics so far begins with the opening notes:

"Dorymate pull in the trawl! Ths ship is full

we're bound for Gloucester!

Heave and haul put your back to the oars - the ship is full

We're bound for Gloucester!"

yeah - I'm having fun with it

jbalch Says:
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 @8:31:57 AM


I like it a lot!  Keep working on it...and finish those words too.  I think you've got a really good one going there. 

The banjo sounds very good  too...which one is it?

BConk Says:
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 @10:13:48 AM

Thanks John - that's an Ome Jubilee with a 12" Silverspun tone ring. The recording really doesn't do it justice - it can be a real room filler with a wonderful tone that my little Radio Shack tie clip mic just can't pick up. I just love them Omes

TheBoog Says:
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 @10:17:00 AM

Hi Brian:

Very beautiful. Great sounding banjo.

Don Borchelt Says:
Friday, March 23, 2007 @8:14:19 PM

Brian, real nice tune and real nice picking.  I'm looking forward to hearing you sing it, when you work up the rest of the lyrics. 

BConk Says:
Saturday, March 24, 2007 @7:18:30 AM

I've been so absorbed playing fretless these days I forgot all about this tune. When my frailing finger nail grows back I'll have to get back to work on it.

mainejohn Says:
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 @9:46:16 PM

Jeez, Brian...that was great! I just put on the jukebox..I was out in the kitchen and heard this playing. I had no idea it was you!

howseth Says:
Friday, December 14, 2007 @10:35:12 PM

Very nice tune - but you're right, you can't tell the power and resonance of that 12" pot with it capoed up that high. I hope you do that new recording with it - and let her rip.

John M. Says:
Thursday, May 29, 2008 @12:44:21 PM

very nice job on a pretty intricate melody.

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