William Pint & Felicia Dale

Celebrating the ocean in song

 

People have asked us about house concerts:

House Concerts
We know that a lot of folks who buy our records can't easily come out to our live shows. Late show times, and long, late night drives home are both valid reasons for not supporting live music. The fact is that we, the artists, depend on both live shows as well as CD sales to survive. What if you could have your favorite artist come to your house instead? What if you could have your own private concert in your living room or on your deck? Why not? We folkies have been doing it for years...it's called a “house concert.”

You'd be surprised at how many people do this on a regular basis and have had an amazing array of brilliant artists perform at their homes over the years. Many people have become well known venues in their communities.

How does it work?
You contact the artist and set a date...it can be, and often is, on a week night. The week ends are our prime working nights in clubs, festivals and concert halls. Let's say that we are traveling through your area while touring around the country and have a open date on our calendar. Typically week nights are less likely to book up since not many venues book acts on nights early in the week, but sometimes there are just holes in calendars. It would be mutually beneficial to both the artist and you to arrange a show on less-bookable night, but - hey-- ask! We're usually nice, approachable people. Most of us have Web pages with contact information.

Now how do you afford to pay musicians to have them perform for you?
Easy! Invite your circle of friends, neighbors, associates at work! Think of about twenty or thirty friends -- think of it as 10 - 15 couples if that's easier -- who either already like our music (you do play our music for all your friends, don't you?) Or who might enjoy what we do and send out a flier. Something like: “In order to have a personal concert and sit within twenty feet of the artist in an intimate, smoke free environment we are suggesting a $10-$15 donation.” Some local governments may have tax rules about selling actual tickets, but ‘donations’ are always okay.

It’s just like any party really, it takes a little planning to make it a success. Start a couple of weeks or months in advance and follow up with your guests. Some folks like to make it a potluck meal with a concert after. Or just share some beverages, put out some chips and take up the donations. Twenty-five people at $12 each is $300. That works.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make certain that your friends realize the difference between a house concert and a party with music. The only time we’ve ever seen problems with the house concert format is when guests arrive expecting a typical party and discover that instead of lots of talking and laughing with friends while ‘party music’ goes on in the background -- they are asked to sit and listen to music. As long as people are aware that they are coming to be a member of an audience attending a concert -- everything should be fine.

”How can I get twenty-five people in my living room?”
Again, it takes a little planning. Move the coffee table into a bedroom...borrow some folding chairs, use the kitchen chairs, put pillows on the floor or suggest people bring their own chairs or pillows. Give the artist a corner. Sometimes the performer can be set up in a spot where he can be seen from two rooms at once...set up two separate seating areas. Make sure to inform folks to arrive promptly at say 7:30. Get everyone into their seats by 8:00. Now, thank everyone for coming, introduce your favorite performer and sit back and enjoy the most satisfying concert of your life. The artist plays for an hour and a half or so...sells a few CDs....and your guests are home by 10:00. You, of course, are having the artist in your guest room or on your couch...so you get to wind down and share a bit of pleasant conversion. Up in the morning...a quick cup of coffee and everyone is on their way. We usually travel in a camper which suits us fine for sleeping arrangements -- an extension cord and a flat place to park and we’re all set.

If this way of enjoying a Pint & Dale concert sounds like something you might want to do...we'll be more than happy to help you pull it off. You can call 360-440-0654 and we will get you started, or you can e-mail us at PINTnDALE@pintndale.com.

Think about it! Hope to see you soon!

Have you heard our recording, Blue Divide? It’s a bit different.

Reviews of BLUE DIVIDE

.
 Blue Divide, like our previous recordings, is a collection of traditional and non-traditional nautically themed music with heartfelt vocals, exciting instrumentals, unique arrangements, lots of harmony etc, etc. 

What's different this time around is largely due to our friend Patrick Strole, who acted as the album’s producer and helped bring to reality the ‘big sound’ we often hear in our heads when we're playing our songs. Patrick’s talent for arrangement, his studio smarts, musical sensibilities (he even added a few tasteful electric guitar riffs) and tremendous energy truly helped make this an incredibly fun and satisfying musical adventure for all of us.
 
Some amazingly talented musicians signed on to the project: TJ Morris playing drums, Dan Mohler on electric bass and Jay Kenney on keyboards to support our usual acoustic guitar, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, whistle and octave mandolin. Our long time friend and musical collaborator, Tania Opland makes an appearance on violin for a couple of tracks, as well as Bone Poet Orchestra’s vocalist Sue Tinney, who contributes some lovely harmonies to the mix.
 
We feel that we managed to remain true to the spirit of the traditional music we love while creating a contemporary context that matches the energy and enthusiasm we always try to bring our material in performances. 
 
The Tracks:
 
Whiskey is the Life of Man
The Brigantine
Shanghai Passage
Low Lands
Mother Carey
The Anchor Song
High Ground
Rolling Down the Bay to Julianna
Windy Weather
 
 
This collection will be available through several sources, CD Baby, Waterbug Records, etc. -- at the moment, the easiest way of getting one is by clicking this Band Camp Website link . The set price is for a minimum of $15.00 plus a small postage fee. If anyone wishes to contribute more than the minimum, the site allows for additional contributions. Thanks! 
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
What's New?

Being full time folk musicians you can rest assured that we often find ourselves with far more music in our hearts than dollars in our wallet. It has been pointed out that some people out there are in just the opposite situation. If anyone feels moved to make a financial donation to help us continue making this music, that donation, be it large or small, will be gratefully accepted.
Simply click the donation jar picture on the left to take you to a PayPal donation form.
Thanks very much.
Many thanks to Phil A. for breaking the ice!
"…William Pint and Felicia Dale elevate the humble sea chanty to unexpected heights."
Dirty Linen.
Folkworks Article
Check out this article about us and our music in the Southern California Folk publication FolkWorks written by Audrey Coleman. Click Here!
What is that strange instrument?

Since you asked - The unusual (some might say bizarre)device Felicia plays is a hurdy-gurdy --an instrument that dates back to at least the 12th Century. It may sound a bit like the bagpipes but is actually a type of mechanical violin. The crank on the end rotates a wooden wheel which causes the strings to vibrate. Keys press the melody strings to sound different notes while other strings play drone notes. Controversy remains over it today. Was it developed first for music or as an instrument of torture? Follow the links on our Folk Friends page and learn more about these mysterious music makers.BDReviews.htmlhttp://pintndale.bandcamp.comhttp://www.pintndale.com/donate.htmhttp://folkworks.org/features1/feature-articles/51-2007-3/102-the-nautical-trail-of-pint-and-dalehttp://www.pintndale.com/folkfriends.htmhttp://pintndale.bandcamp.comhttps://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=yximKIBoLj8io7tG91MJFhjiBRuaVicyvv_hVDIogctEQwXEW23H1eSrqm8&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d14f86393d55a810282b64afed84968echttp://www.pintndale.comshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1shapeimage_1_link_2shapeimage_1_link_3shapeimage_1_link_4

New Pint & Dale Recording -- Midnight On The Seas


We’re so very excited about this new CD that we just had to share the news with all the folks who have listened, sung along and supported our musical endeavors over the years.


Midnight On The Seas ranges from a traditional shanties and ballads to contemporary songs from some great writers who contribute to the world of nautical music. Song arrangements vary from simple acoustic duets to more complex pieces with marvelous backup musicians. The emotions run from heartfelt to downright silly.


It’s almost finished -- it’s being made right now!


We’d like to invite you to help us defray the costs of production and duplication by ordering a PRE-RELEASE copy of  Midnight On The Seas today. By doing so, you will guarantee yourself a signed CD before the official release date, as well as the undying thanks of two very relieved shanty singers! Thank you, thank you!


*CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A MIDNIGHT ON THE SEAS CD*



Here’s what’s going on the new CD:

Willy Taylor is a traditional ballad chock full of classic themes — true love, betrayal, revenge, cross dressing. Our version is a mixture of several others we have heard over the years including The Voice Squad of Ireland and Rika Ruebsaat of British Columbia.


Most traditional sea shanties had simple melodies — easy to pick up and remember, easy to sing while engaged in the various jobs encountered aboard sailing ships. Shiny -Oh is an exception to the rule. Its jazzy melodic structure stands out in the crowd. We pair it with a hornpipe, The King of the Fairies because of the reference to ferry boats in the lyrics. Ha.


We heard Valparaíso sung at a folk club in the UK many years ago. One day it popped into William’s mind and led to this version. The image of the grizzled old sailor in a pub, quietly singing to himself of Cape Horn and days gone by is a powerful one.


Molly St George is a tune attributed to Thomas Connellan, a 17th century Irish harper and composer. We first heard it from the playing of Randal Bays.

Ms St. George must have been quite memorable to inspire such a gorgeous melody. We use this as a lead in to Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still figuring that the unnamed, but, unforgettable woman of the song must have been a kindred spirit to Molly. We learned the song from Jeff Warner, whose song collecting parents, Frank and Anne Warner, made a field recording of a version sung by a pair of elderly sisters back in 1951.


The lyrics to Row On, Row On were found in the 1864 journal kept by a crew member on the New Bedford whaler The Three Brothers and published in Gale Huntington’s classic book, Songs the Whalemen Sang. UK musician Tim Laycock added a hymn like melody . We messed with the setting quite a bit to make our own version.


During a long stay in the Washington DC area, we had the opportunity to spend time with the lovely Jennifer Cutting, who wrote Steady as You Go for our friend Paul Di Blassi’s ailing father. Sadly, Paul himself passed away shortly after and this song became a source of support for his family and many friends.


Fire Maringo was a song used for pressing cotton into the holds of ships — a ‘cotton screwing ‘ shanty. Beyond that is all conjecture. There are varying theories as to the meaning of the chorus, the lyrics.

We used it to tie together a hurdy-gurdy tune and several musical bits of our own.


The story of Isaac Lewis seemed too bad to be true, but, amazingly enough it is based on a true occurrence from 1859 when the Royal Charter, returning from Australia, wrecked in a storm only 30 feet from shore. There were 450 casualties including Isaak, whose body washed up within sight of his own father’s house. The melody from the classic sea ballad, The Flying Cloud, worked with Tom Russell’s original lyrics so well that we couldn’t resist mixing the two.


Cyril Tawny wrote many nautical songs that became mainstays of maritime songbooks. Sally Free and Easy describes, in a few brief lines, the pain of a sailor’s romance gone bad.


It’s a rare for us to perform anywhere without a request for Nasty Nell. Janey Meneely wrote this cautionary tale of a Chesapeake Bay waterman’s encounter with a feisty mermaid. Free advice: Always be courteous to mythological characters!