From pirates to Point Lookout, the music of Janie Meneely and, formerly, Calico Jack, celebrates the maritime history, characters, and traditions of the Chesapeake Bay. Comprised of veteran performers Janie Meneely, formerly with Crab Alley, and t he late Paul DiBlasi, formerly with Pyrates Royale, Calico Jack rambles from the raucous ruminations of ne’er-do-well sea captains to more thoughtful ballads about the people who make a living “working” the water. With the passing of Paul, Janie will continue her solo career celebrating the great musical traditions of this area.
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Living by the River is a Calico Jack CD released in 2012. All songs herein written by Janie Meneely except for Ladies of the Bay, by Dody Welsh Parris (copyright 1988) and Chesapeake Café by the students at the Chesapeake Public Charter School in Lexington Park, Md. (copyright 2009). Read the Liner Notes.
Give me a River is Janie's irst, a solo CD. It was released released in 2001, comprises a dozen original songs that range from the haunting “Red Sky,” to the ever-popular “Twiddles.” Read the Liner Notes.
Janie's second Chesapeake-centric CD, The Oyster Wife, includes instrumentation and back-up vocals from her Calico Jack cohorts, principally Paul DiBlasi (guitar and vocals, but also including tracks from Geoff Kaufman (concertina), Chelle Fulk (fiddle) and the Seattle-based duo of William Pint and Felicia Dale. From a ballad about a waterman’s untimely end in a winter storm — “Old Bill” — to the upbeat humor of “Toadfish” (Meneely’s paeon to tournament fishing), the songs on the album sparkle with Chesapeake Bay wit and wonder. Read the Liner Notes.
A more far-reaching collection of general maritime material is included on a third album, You Don’t Know Jack, released in 2008. Read the Liner Notes.