|Joseph and Rick have been working together, on and off, for years.
Their shared love of history and traditional music brings them together
regularly as members of the Jovial Crew with legendary singer Cliff
Haslam as well as showman and entertainer Tim Marth. The Jovial
Crew holds court at the Griswold Inn on Main Street in Essex on
Monday evenings. Recently Dawn Indermuehle has joined to add
harmonies to the mix.
|On deepwater sailing vessels in the 19th century sailors used the expression "different ships,
different long splices," meaning that there's more than one single correct way of interweaving two
ropes to form a single line.
Rick and Joseph join traditions of the past with contemporary arrangements to form a musical "long
splice" influenced by songs and tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Canada and the
U.S. Their presentations feature carefully crafted a capella harmonies, dance tunes, sea chanteys,
drinking songs, an occasional modern composition and accompaniment on a variety of instruments.
|Click here to see a video capture of a performance by
LongSplice. Joseph shines on the mandolin while Rick
accompanies on guitar. The piece is a medley of a traditional
Breton An Dro (dance) and the popular Staten Island Hornpipe.
|photo by Danny Quinn