Meg Davis | Captain Jack and The Mermaid

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Captain Jack and The Mermaid

by Meg Davis

Meg Davis, an American singer and world music songwriter, is best known for her classic ballad "Captain Jack and the Mermaid" (recorded by groups around world such as 'De Dannan'). As a performer she is without peer; Meg Davis is a first rate musician...
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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1. Wind in the Pipes
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2. The Elf Glade
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3. Because You Have Wings
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4. Yevgenia and the Snow Dragon
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5. I'm Late, I'm Late
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2:50 $0.99
6. The Nightmare
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7. Saemus and Ivy
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8. Captain Jack and the Mermaid
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9. A Monster's Lullabye
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10. Swing the Cat
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11. Behold the Green Gryphon
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12. Polly Oliver's Problem
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13. If I Had My Life to Live Over
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14. My Winter Rose
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15. Other People's Children
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16. The Claddagh Walk
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17. You Will Remember Me
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Album Notes
Music Reviews
" Sung and arranged like some of the very best moments of early Judy Collins
or Pearls Before Swine's lazy day surrealism, Meg Davis's albums are filled with wonderful tales breathed out upon the air with a voice like the chiming of bells."

LISTEN.COM REVIEW : Davis writes and sings stunningly beautiful songs complete with three-part harmonies that sound like the songs of sirens from Greek Mythology. Although her folk is more Medeival than Country, her harmonies are as rich and intricate as those of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.
(Reviewed by Eric.S.)

"Meg's singing is, quite predictably, exquisite. Her pure gold voice is
impeccable ; her performances simply reduces the knees to a mass of
quivering jelly."

" CAPTAIN JACK AND THE MERMAID " is a Special Edition CD composed of tracks from all of Meg Davis' early albums. We chose Meg's Best Original songs for this release.

The first 8 songs were from Meg's first album of the same name : Recorded July 1978 at Fifth Floor Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally released by Meg Davis on Philo/ Rounder Records with special appearances on "Yevgenia and the Snow Dragon " and "Captain Jack and the Mermaid " by Malcolm Dalglish - hammer dulcimer, background vocals and Grey Larsen - concertina, flute, background vocals.

Meg Davis has been producing and publishing original music since the age of 14 and was chosen as the 'Best Young North American Songwriter' in 1978 by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

A consumate folklorist, Davis worked as an archivist at both the Library of Congress in D.C. and Cecil Sharpe House in London between tours, and collected rare and beautiful indigeonous music wherever she travelled. Meg Davis' career involved touring and performing traditional Irish, Scottish and American folk music with artists ranging from Ewan MacColl to Bill Monroe to Joanie Madden and included unique appearances with movie legends such as Lillian Gish and summer tours with the Joe Burke Trio. Playing venues near and far from the Kennedy Center in DC to the old Troubadour in London, and adding her vocal and instrumental talents as solo soprano with several international choirs, Meg Davis continues to be loved the world over for her ringingly clear vocals and sumptuous guitar work.

Original music composed and arranged by Meg Davis has been performed and recorded by many world class musicians including the great Irish band, De Dannan, and used in movies and television documentaries in Canada, Sweden and Norway.

Meg's music can be heard across the airways in the following countries :

Belgium Brazil Canada Chile' Columbia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Hong Kong Hungary Ireland Isreal Italy Japan Mexico Netherlands Norway Philippines Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Trinidad & Tobago United Kingdom Venezuela Yugoslavia and The McMurdo Station, Antarctica (the penguins are particularly fond of her A Cappella singing).

In 1993 Meg Davis retired from stage performing due to Multiple Sclerosis. She continues to dedicate her time to composing music and creating varied forms of fiber arts.

Meg Davis intends to release new recordings of original music in the future.


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Julia Strozyk

Captain Jack and the Mermaid
I've been wanting to get these songs for a long time, particularly Behold the Green Griffin which is such a kick. What a great combination of two collections! So glad I was able to find it.


I've been waiting to get this CD for years
Ever since I heard a few friends I met on the spot at an anime convention sing a song; Captain Jack and the Mermaid, I've been searching for the song, and it's singer. I found her! And lo and behold, she sings many other songs that have stolen my heart. There isn't one song on this disk I'm not eager to hear. Meg has a strong unique voice that wins you over every time, full of passion. I just can't help but sing along to every one, I Love them so much!