Flying Fish Sailors/photo by Brigitte B. Zabak
Excerpt from HPMA Aftermath: Flying Fish Sailors, Umbrella Man, Wayside Drive, Born Liars, Poor Dumb Bastards and Young Mammals:
Folk music might be an acquired taste for some, but Flying Fish Sailors have found a way to bring that traditional sound to the masses, with lively melodies and clean, unencumbered harmonies. No subject is too small for the likable quintet, whose songs Sunday touched on themes ranging from death and war (“The Flu Pandemic”) to cats (“My Big Cat”).
The Sailors’ songwriting is very witty and smart; it’s not easy to write about things like mythical creatures and have it appeal widely to an adult audience. The band’s showcase performance drew a sizeable number of people, equal parts devoted fans and newcomers. The group’s commitment to its music really came through onstage, especially during “Loch Ness Monster.” The set was instantly contagious, and by the end, there wasn’t a non-smiling face in the crowd.
My band, The Flying Fish Sailors, has been nominated in the category “Best Traditional Folk Band” so please take time to go vote for us. You can find the ballot online at houstonpress.com/polls/musicawards08
We’ll be playing at the Awards showcase on July 27th from 4:00-4:45 pm at Dean’s Credit Clothing located at 316 Main St. in downtown Houston if you want to come see us play live.
Check out this recent news story from local ABC affiliate Channel 13:
U-Haul chase ends in Brays Bayou
Anyone familiar with my band, The Flying Fish Sailors, has likely heard the song Greg wrote called Haul U-Haul Haul which is a spoof of a sailor’s hauling shanty and is about moving domiciles using a dilapidated U-Haul truck.
The similarities between the song and the news story are eerie…
So an officer came in a great big cruiser
The aquarium tipped and we started to lose her
Then I saw me a sight that made me shiver
As the truck dove nose first into the river
When I got to shore I was damn near drowned
As I watched that truck floating right out of town
So I sat in jail “˜til the very next day Sir
With the mileage fee just a’tickin’ away Sir
But from all this pain one thing I’ve learned Sir
Well the next time I move I’ll just buy new furniture
For those unfamiliar with the song I have added it to this post for your listening enjoyment.
If you’ve never seen us play, now’s your chance!
My band, The Flying Fish Sailors, is going to start playing the second Monday of the month at Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge which is two doors down from the Houston Continental Club @ 3700 Main Street.
Shows start at 9:00 and run till around 11:00 or so. Admission is free and it’s super casual.
The first show is March 10th.
Please spread the word!
Picture of Greg Henkel and myself at Scarborough Fair in Waxahachie, TX circa 1989. Our second year there performing with The Flying Fish Sailors.
My friend Ralph e-mailed me the above picture from our recent performance at Miller Outdoor Theater in Herman Park.
I’m struck by how toothless I look in that picture as I’m catterwauling into the microphone…
My band, The Flying Fish Sailors, will be performing this Sunday, November 4th at Miller Outdoor Theater (on the small stage) and it’s free free free!
Show is 4 pm – 6 pm
We’re sharing the bill with Constant Billy and the O’Maoileidigh School of Irish Dance.
Come see for yourself why The Flying Fish Sailors are the 2007 Houston Press Best Of Houston award winner for Best Pirate Band!