Release Date: February 2018
Label: Hudson Records
Live: 2017 album preview dates
4th Oct – Cecil Sharp House
5th Oct – Loders Village Hall, Bridport
6th Oct – St Andrew’s Gravesham Arts, Kent
Following their acclaimed debut ‘Kings of the South Seas’ (DWink Records 2014) this second release by Kings of The South Seas vividly brings to life the music left by these events and their cultural fallout. ‘Franklin’ features Canadian Voyageur paddling songs, English folk ballads and songs composed onboard ice-bound wintering ships to Victorian parlour pieces – all delivered in powerful, foreboding and effecting style by this unique band.
The British expeditions in search of the NW Passage through the North of Canada and in particular the loss of Franklin’s expedition to the ice during the 19th Century affected many. The Navy and families who waited at home, the Inuit encountered and the British public who looked on from afar and seemed to signal the beginning of the end of British Empire. These losses and failures left a large wealth of musical, theatrical and literary material as the nation tried to make sense of events. The material was also derived from printing presses and musicals created on board some of the icebound ships during those long, brutal winters.
‘Franklin’ was recorded in St Andrews Mission Church in Gravesend under the glow of stained glass windows dedicated by Lady Franklin (wife of John Franklin) to the sailors who lost their lives on his last voyage.