More recently, Bernie and his pal, Andy Kenna, sang together as Forebitter
in maritime festivals.
One of Liverpool's best-known Shanty groups,Stormalong John, which plays regularly at the Mersey Maritime Museum, will also be performing at the Southport Concert alongside Mr Davis'duo,Liverpool Forebitter
. North West-based harmony singers Four and Aft, withSefton members Chris Lock and Ian Tupling, will also take part.
Apart from one chapter containing seven well-known shanties, and another with nineteen fiddle tunes, the tome largely presents forebitters
: songs sung by sailors in their leisure time.
(47) It is true that shanties were not sung outside of the context of work, and that forebitters
as recreational songs among sailors were quite distinct from shanties; but when this approach is applied to work songs more generally, Kidson's sharp line rapidly becomes blurred, even erased, by the songs and singing practices of workers themselves.