The Mariners of Brithombar

by ken minty

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Richard Blaine Groovin' bass exemplifies Minty's string playing prowess! This, along with his usually, unusual rhythm patterns is vintage Mintage.
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Album: Songs of Light and Darkness

I debated with my harshest critic (me) for some weeks about whether to post this track, but, at last, decided “damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!”. So, here is my venture into the Celtic folk song idiom, based on an ostinato (vamp?) of ascending bass and guitar riffs.
The lyrics celebrate the Falathrim, the sea elves from Tolkein's “The Silmarillion”, who were led by Cirdan (he makes an appearance at the end of the “Lord of the Rings” saga). In many ways, Cirdan and his Falathrim were the greatest of the Moriquendi.


every bitter sea
any other man would flee
curse every reef and sandbar
three sails in the night
in the dawn’s first light
they see their fate in the stars
the mariners of Brithombar

the edge of iron ice
fate plays with loaded dice
no place too wild or too far
empty spaces in their charts
bring a longing to their hearts
they keep their faith in the stars
the mariners of Brithombar

riding on the storm
steady, cool and calm
in the wind and the restless stars
three sails in the night
in the dawn’s first light
they always know where they are
the mariners of Brithombar


released June 25, 2017



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Canadian born naturalized Australian singer/songwriter operating out of Yarra Glen (East of Melbourne)

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