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Rocky River recorded two CDs in 1997, the first - "We'll Plough the Briny Ocean" - was released in May, leading up to our International Tour. It contains a mixture of Australian songs, some original, sea songs and shanties and some lively tune sets, including an Australianised setting of some Breton music arranged by us.

The second CD - "Shanghaied Crew" - was recorded on tour in Denmark with Helge Arildso, Cztery Refy from Poland and Bob Webb from Maine, USA, and features mainly shanties, a song written by Des on tour and some tune sets.

Rocky River seem to be able to develop an appropriate feel to suit different songs. The two originals on the CD, Cate Burke's haunting Out in the Desert and Des Fenoughty's whimsical Spirit of Erin, display thoughtful well developed arrangements and compliment the immediately identifiable anthems, Home Among the Gum Trees, Limejuice Tub and I Am Australian. It is on the sea songs that Rocky River really hit their straps. The a capella John Cherokee and John Kanaka are powerful songs, delivered with great gusto. Plains of Mexico and the enduring Drunken Sailor are rollicking belters that must go down a treat in live concerts.

Sydney Folk Page.

We'll Plough The
Briny Ocean

Click on the CD cover if you would like to hear us singing a Sea Shanty.

This CD is available by mail order at a cost of A$20 plus postage. Please email for details.


The shantymen are all in fine voice and attention has been paid to working in some harmonies to make those choruses more powerful. I'd certainly recommend it to shanty fans!

Folk Roots Magazine.

"Shanghaied Crew" is also available by mail order. To order, please send an email message to Helge Arildso.

Rocky River Bush Band - 'Say G'day'

"Say G'day"  was recorded in 1990 prior to our first European tour in 1991. This cassette has now sold out and there are no plans to produce any more copies at this stage.

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