The Roaring Forties (Sydney, Australia) is a group of strong individual singers who have been singing together for over 25 years. Mostly unaccompanied, and known for their singing of sea shanties and other maritime songs, they make a powerful impact with their robust songs telling of real people, their lives and work. They complement their traditional repertoire with original compositions concerning Australia's social and industrial history. Touring members include Robin Connaughton, Tom Hanson, Chris Maltby and Margaret Walters.
Extracts from reviews of their most recent album, We Made the Steel:
The songs and sentiments on this fine CD give a fresh Antipodean slant to themes which will resonate across all the ex-industrial heartlands on this side of the world. A treat for listeners, as well as for performers looking for worthy and sing-able material.
Not only are the singing and playing on this disc uniformly excellent and highly characterful, but the actual presentation of this release is also exemplary…. A benchmark release; and highly entertaining and inspiring to boot.
Folk Roundabout #167