7 December 2020
We are delighted to share a playlist of music inspired by the Alfred Wallis Rediscovered exhibition, chosen by our visitor services team.
When you think of Alfred Wallis, images of Cornish shorelines and a variety of sea vessels likely come to mind. What probably doesn’t come to mind are musicians like R&B singer Otis Redding or goth rocker Nick Cave… that is of course, unless you’re one of our Front of House team members.
Once again, the team have put together a fantastically inventive playlist with song choices inspired by Wallis’ works, his life story and the seascapes and landscapes that influenced him.
Some tracks draw on traditional English folk music, like “The Shoals of Herring” by Ewan MacColl and “To the Sea” by Cornish poet/singer Brenda Wootton. Others take a more indirect way of connecting with Wallis, like in the case of “The Sacred Turf” or “Wharf Rat” by psychedelic rock bands Ozric Tentacles and Grateful Dead respectively. There’s a little something for everyone in this playlist, including a nearly eight-minute track by Chris Lawry simply called “The Harbour”, with no music at all, just the cries of gulls and the soft rushing sound of waves lapping against St. Ives harbour.
To really get in the mood when you visit the Alfred Wallis Rediscovered exhibition in person, we recommend bringing some headphones and pressing play as you enter the galleries. We promise to smile and sing along to Rod Stewart with you!
(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Heartbeat and Sails by Augie March
Race to be King by Seth Lakeman
The Ship Song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) by Enya
The Shoals of Herring by Ewan MacColl
The Mary Ellen Carter by Stan Rogers
My Father was a Lighthouse Keeper by The Incredible String Band
Bristol Slaver by Show of Hands, Matt Clifford
Old Pine by Ben Howard
Ship to Wreck by Florence + The Machine
A Sailor’s Life by Fairport Convention
Sail Away by David Gray
Everything by Ben Howard
Seabird by Alessi Brothers
Knee Deep in the North Sea by Portico Quartet
Ghost Ship by Blur
Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation
Once Aboard the Lugger, Pt. 1 & 2 by Randolph Sutton
Dignity by Deacon Blue
Wharf Rat by Grateful Dead
Sailing by Rod Stewart
To the Sea by Razorlight
Don’t Pay The Ferryman by Chris de Burgh
The Sacred Turf by Ozric Tentacles
To the Sea by Brenda Wootton
The Harbour by Chris Lawry