William Pint & Felicia Dale

Celebrating the ocean in song

Port of Dreams


In our view, one sign of an exceptional song or tune is its ability to be played in a variety of styles and approaches while maintaining its inherent quality. Many classical themes have withstood the translation into pop songs or rock music, and ethnic folk melodies have been turning up in classical music for many years. We have taken songs and tunes that we like and given them a twist in our own direction.

These songs all have a nautical theme. Five of them are actual “shanties”, or work songs. Heave, Boys, Away and Hooker John are sung unaccompanied in the traditional style, John Damaray adds guitar, while The Salpetre Shanty and the French shanty, Roulez go all out with instruments. We first heard Roulez done by the French group
Cabestan at Mystic Seaport. It tells the tale of
three beautiful ships laden with wheat that come into La Rochelle. Three beautiful maidens, who happen to be at the dock shopping for wheat ask, “Sailor, sailor, how much
is your wheat?” The captain replies, “Step aboard, beautiful one, and you will find out.” The boldest maiden does so and immediately they let go forward, let go aft and sail away with her. She begins to cry and they ask, “What have you to weep about?” The maiden replies, “Why, you have had my maidenhead and I have had none of your silver!” Hmm, sounds like a verse or two might be missing. The
chorus means, “I put the bird in the cage but the bird flew out again.”

Though not truly shanties, The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite and The Female Rambling Sailor are traditional songs from the age of sail that might have been sung during sailors’ leisure time aboard ship.

On to the more contemporary songs. In 1920, C. Fox Smith (a female rambling sailor, herself) wrote the words to The Tow Rope Girls which William wed to the melody of another traditional song, Queen Bungle Rye. We first heard the true saga of Harbo & Samuelson from its author Jerry Bryant at Mystic Seaport's Festival of the Sea in 1989 and had to have it. Inside Every Sailor was written by nautical songwriter, Tom Lewis.

	The Saltpetre Shanty
Tow Rope Girls
Inside Every Sailor
Heave, Boys, Away
The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite
Three Bourrées
Harbo & Samuelson
The Clumsy Lover
John Damaray
The Female Rambling Sailor 
Hooker John
Port of Dreams Set

“...Their singing and playing burst with energy and quality throughout... this duo should not be missed.”

Folk on Tap Magazine, England

“...excellent sound as well as excellent music. This comes with my highest recommendation.”

(Steve Winick)

Dirty Linen Magazine, USA

Our first duet album filled
with traditional and modern songs of the sea.

This CD features one of our most popular, and most requested songs, Harbo & Samuelson telling of their amazing voyage across the Atlantic in an open row boat. Other songs tell of love, adventure and guano! Port of Dreams features a number of shanties taken from Stan Hugill’s wonderful book, ‘Shanties of the Seven Seas’.

Produced by William Pint & Felicia Dale
Recorded at
OMB Studios, Port Orchard, WA., Engineered by Rob Folsom
Executive Producer
Annette Brigham
Cover art “Vielle-à-Voile” by
W. Pint & F. Dale
Photo by
Dale Blindheim
Graphic design by
Adrienne Robineau
The poem “Port o' Dreams” by C. Fox Smith from “Ships and Folks“ 1920 Houghton Mifflin Co.
John Peekstok appears courtesy of “
Tom Lewis appears courtesy of Self-Propelled Music, and Flying Fish Records
Port of Dreams, a Self Released Record #IEZ 734 ©1991 William Pint & Felicia Dale

Felicia Dale vocals, hurdy-gurdy, penny whistles; bodhran, keyboards on Inside Every Sailor
William Pint vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, keyboards on The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite
Tom Lewis harmony vocals
John Peekstok synthesizer, bodhran, dumbek, snare drum
Jill Kennon clarinet on Three Bourrées

Special thanks to:
John &Anna Peekstok for advice and support,
Annette Brigham for making it possible,
Adrienne Robineau for graphic expertise,
Tom &Lynn Lewis for more than we can begin to mention,
Lori Marmon for all that hospitality, not to mention the cats!
Dan Maher for abuse and encouragement,
you for not making bootleg copies of our recordings.
We simply couldn't continue making music or even survive without CD and tape sales.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

…There's one port I've never sighted
out of all the ports there be:

It’s a place a feller talked of
as was shipmates once with me.

…An’ this feller said the drinks there
are the best a man could find.

An’ a sailor's always welcome,
an’ the girls are always kind,

…An’ the days are never scorchin’
an' the nights are never hot,

In that port he used to yarn of
with the name I’ve clean forgot.

An’ I’ll never fetch that harbour,
but it’s maybe for the best,

For I daresay if I found it
it’d be like all the rest,

An’ I like to think it’s waitin’,
waitin’ all the while for me,

With the red wine an’ the white wine
an’ the dancin’ an’ the spree…

C. Fox Smith