Sea Fever


I simply love this arrangement. It was one of the first ones Mark did, and it is such a good interpretation of the original tune. 

When we recorded the harp part it was amazing. We had prayed for a harpist, and couldn’t find anyone to start with, and then this wonderful girl called Jean Kelly materialised. I remember the day she came to do her session. Mark had written her parts for her, and we expected it would take a while to sort out-he had never written harp parts before. Anyway, she sat down, tiny she is-how she manages to cart such a large instrument around I’ll never know- and the first take was perfect!. We looked at each other and thought that we may as well do another one just in case, that was perfect too! Bless her!

I had such a sense of the Holy Spirit moving around the room all that day it was amazing. Remebering it still makes me tingle!!


I must go down to the seas again
To the lonely sea and the sky
And all I ask is a tall ship
And a star to steer her by
And the wheels kick
And the winds song
And the white sails shaking
And a grey mist on the seas face
And a grey dawn breaking

I must go down to the sea again
For the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call
That may not be denied
And all I ask is a windy day
With the white clouds flying
And the flung spray
And the blown spume
And the seagulls crying

I must go down to the seas again
To the vagrant gypsy life
To the gulls way and the whales way
Where the winds like a whetted knife
And all I ask is a merry yarn
From a laughing felllow rover
And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream
When the long tricks over

John Masefield/John Ireland