Perpetual Musket (Purple Vinyl)



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Release Date: 21st June 2024

Noted mixologist and aspiring travel agent Elijah Minnelli has teamed
up with four vocalists from the world of reggae to breathe new life into
traditional and folk songs.

Veteran Jamaican singer songwriter Little Roy lends his finely honed
tone to ‘Vine And Fig Tree’, an explicitly anti-war song originating
from the Old Testament, infusing it with warmth and yearning.

Contemporary dancehall titan Shumba Youth enlivens the old
traditional ballad ‘A’ Soulin’’, a song about a Souls’ Day winter ritual
where the poor would knock on the doors of farm owners and the rich
in a tradition that is believed to have influenced both carolling and
trick or treating. Shumba’s rhythmic dexterity refreshes the song with
a unique energy.

Peggy Seeger’s ‘Lifeboat Mona’ is the next rendition, telling the story
of a lifeboat disaster in 1959, where an entire lifeboat crew perished
while seeking to save an adrift boat on St. Andrews Bay. Roots
reggae heavyweight Earl Sixteen imparts this folk ballad with great
emotion and fine storytelling ability. The work of lifeboat crews is ever
pertinent, as the vilification of ‘small boat’ seeks to dehumanise the
most vulnerable in society. We’ve even seen attempts to vilify those
who are simply doing their duty to save humans in need.

The final reinterpretation comes from Bristol’s Joe Yorke, who sings
‘Wind & The Rain’. His sleek, haunting falsetto matches perfectly with
this tale of weather and weariness from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Joe has carved quite a path for himself in recent years, injecting a
new voice into the world of contemporary reggae.

Each track is paired with a live dub version that shines a light on the
instrumental adaptations of these traditional melodies. This record
from Elijah Minnelli is a cultural exchange, providing reggae singers
with new, and perhaps never considered, source material, while
giving basslines to inherited songs.

“[This new rendition of] ‘Lifeboat Mona’ is truly excellent. It is a
moving mixture of percussion, harmony and vocal(s) that know how
to tell a story. The main singer does it JUST RIGHT. All the elements
of the song, as I wrote it back in December 1959, are still there.
Thanks to all for doing it so well.” – Peggy Seeger


  1. Vine And Fig Tree (feat. Little Roy)
  2. Soulcake (feat. Shumba Youth)
  3. Lifeboat Mona (feat. Earl 16)
  4. Wind & The Rain (feat. Joe Yorke)
  5. Ploughshare Dub
  6. Ha’penny Dub
  7. Gallant Dub
  8. Swaggering Dub