ON THE BOAT
"On the Boat
Eastland" was written by SJ Monck in 1911 while the Eastland was
plying the waters of Lake Erie on her Cleveland to Cedar Point, Ohio route.
We believe this music was commissioned as promotional marketing collateral
to increase ticket sales. Tom and Chris Kastle perform
this song on
their album, ME FOR THE INLAND LAKES. An original copy of this
sheet music resides in the Nelson Collection at the
Chicago Maritime Society.
THAT NEVER LEFT TOWN, 1915
(Helpless There The Eastland Lay). Lyrics written by Albert Cook,
music by Joseph Barnes. Published in 1915 by Frank K. Root & Co. This was a
memorial song with reverent lyrics and melodies. An original copy of this
sheet music resides with the Eastland Memorial Society and another with the
Eastland Disaster Historical Society. A brief poem (not included
in the lyrics) adourns the cover:
O ye who now are mourning
Your loved ones passed away,
Another Life is dawning
With Everlasting Day!
For in the Realms Eternal,
On Heaven's shores above,
Someday your stricken hearts will meet,
The lost ones that ye love.
was written by Tom and Chris Kastle in 1985 and is about the disaster
on the Chicago River. You can order their wonderful tapes and CDs online at
their web site.
The music of Tom and Chris Kastle has been critically acclaimed
throughout the United States, in Canada and in Europe. It is loved
by schooner and tall ship sailors every where. They are known for
their good humor, harmonies and varied instrumentation. Several
of their original works have been used by other artists in live
performance and on recordings. Their many recordings and compositions
are used regularly by educational, historical and environmental
organizations. As scholars, they have researched the maritime musical
heritage of the Great Lakes region and have been published in that
regard. As tall ship sailors, they have experienced, first-hand,
a maritime tradition that has developed through a heritage of cultural
diversity. Tom is a Coast Guard licensed captain. They each hold
a graduate degree in Human Ecology and, as educators, they have
done performances, lectures, in-services, workshops and residencies
at schools, museums and colleges in many states from coast to coast.
Additionally, they have worked as guest instructors aboard the Clearwater
and with the Inland Seas Education Association, and as Community
Professors in the College of Environmental and Applied Sciences
at Governors State University. As art advocates and presenters they
have planned, designed and/or administered programs for the Folk
Alliance, Chicago Maritime Society, Shedd Aquarium, Urban Gateways
and the Forest Park Nature Center. They also publish the Illinois
folk resource, COMMON TIMES.
FOR THE INLAND LAKES CD
$15.00 Plus $1.50 Shipping
contemporary and original songs of the living maritime heritage
of the Great Lakes. Tales of fast ships, lonely lighthouses, eerie
legends, sailing to adventure, and safe, as well as not-so-safe,
Me for the Inland Lakes
On the Boat Eastland
The Wreck of the Antelope
Ballad of the Race to Mackinac
Dancin' Jimmy Owen
Red Iron Ore
Heave 'er Up nd Bust 'er
Shine Out Your Light
The Black Dog of Lake Erie
Leave Her, Laddies, Leave Her
Homeward Bound/ The Kesh Jig
For more information or orders contact: Tom & Chris Kastle, Sextant
Music, Ltd. PO Box 56474, Chicago, IL 60656-0474. Phone: (773) 774-7216.
THE EASTLAND DISASTER,
The Eastland Disaster was written by
Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger and is currently unreleased. While the first verse of this song
is historically accurate of the disaster, the second verse describes a boiler explosion and
a massive fire that burns and chokes the passengers, which of course is incorrect. The second
verse more likely describes the details of the General Slocum disaster, intermingled with that
of the Eastland. The third verse returns to the story of the Eastland, with reflection. Overall,
it is a good song, spoiled by the second verse.
Glen Burtnik has had a
long and illustrious career in the music industry, including a time with the band Styx. His
complete biography (it will astound you), and even a short sample of the Eastland Disaster song
are available at his official
THE EASTLAND, 1989
Murdock is another popular Chicago area folk singer who has also
recorded "The Eastland" as written by the Kastles on his Fertile Ground album.
You can find Lee's recordings online at his web site.
Lee Murdock's songs tell the stories of heroic deeds,
tragic shipwrecks, and the lives of the people who make their homes
and their livings along the shores of the Great Lakes.
create an unforgettable image of commerce and recreation as they
coexist on the Great Lakes today, with huge cargo ships traversing
vital shipping lanes while pleasure craft of all types and sizes
share the waters along North America's fourth coast.
Noted as a fluent
instrumentalist on the six and twelve string guitars, Lee Murdock's
musical influences span fifteen generations, from ancient Celtic
music to Scott Joplin rags; rhythm and blues to contemporary.
arrangements of new and traditional folk ballads, shanteys and work
songs are enjoyed by audiences with contemporary musical tastes,
even if they have not listened to much folk music in the past. With
this musical style, Lee hopes to introduce folk music to new audiences,
as well as entertaining the serious fans of maritime and traditional
FERTILE GROUND CD
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St. Louis Tickle
Trouble in Mind
Carolan's Quarrel with the Landlady
Lakes of Pontchartrain
The Bigler's Crew
Gilderoy/Flowers of the Forest
Lady Franklin's Lament
Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week
The Christmas Ship
For more information
contact: Lee Murdock, PO Box 11, Kaneville, IL 60144-0011.
Phone: (630) 557-2742. Email: