The Ship's Log in Hastings FILO - Thirty Pounds of Bone with local musicians Steve, Liam and Richard

The Ship's Log

Capturing day-to-day life on board the boat is the job of Thirty Pounds of Bone – the much celebrated alt-folk project of singer-songwriter Johny Lamb.

Giving his last album four stars Mojo magazine called the collection ‘An exquisite index of gin-soaked desolation... Lamb sings like a man unable to see beyond keeping a stiff upper lip to the end of the song. Even if he manages it, you might not.’

Working on board the boat, Johny will write a song during each leg of voyage and perform it live with local musicians at each of the five stop-off locations. A unique series of gigs, featuring some of the South East’s most renowned musicians, the Ship’s Log promises to be a unique document of life on board an equally unique boat.

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Friday 25 and Saturday 27 May – 20.15
The Nightingale Theatre, 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 3PA
£8 concession/£10 full
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Thirty Pounds of Bone presents The Ship’s Log at The Nightingale Theatre. Guest-starring Mary Hampton and members of The Electric Soft Parade and Brakes.

Friday 29 June – 20.00
The Cellars at Eastney, Cromwell Road, Southsea, PO4 9PN
For the second instalment of The Ship's Log Thirty Pounds of Bone collaborates with local shanty singer Chris Ricketts and vocal harmony group Bemis.

Friday 6 July – 20.30
The First in Last Out (The FILO) 14-15 High Street, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3EY
The third gig of the voyage sees Thirty Pounds of Bone adding another song to The Ship’s Log, and collaborating with Steve Cooke, Richard Jones and Liam Genockey.

Saturday 14 July - 16.00
Fort Green
Thirty Pounds of Bone presents the Ship's Log, with special guest Megan Henwood, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Johny and mary will both be joined in concert by Regent Brass and the Big Sing community choir.

Milton Keynes
Saturday 28 July - 17.30
The Harbourside, Queens Court at thecentre:mk
Thirty Pounds of Bone presents The Ship's Log, in collaboration with Peter Hemsley (drums), Lucy Parnell (harmonium and vocals) and Jen Macro (guitar and vocals) and the voices of Singing City choir.


The Milton Keynes Land Shanty (I Am In The Glass of the Wall) is now avalible to download follow the link below which will direct you to Bandcamp or flick through to Track 7 to play now.

This song is the final entry for the Ship's log of Collective Spirit's Maiden Voyage. It documents the boat's trip over the road from Gravesend and her installation into Queens Court in thecentre:mk shopping centre. It also documents the songwriter's experience in Milton Keynes, confrontations with his own reflection, loneliness of being without the crew in an urban landscape, the warmth of the people visiting the boat and absynthe zombies in caribbean themed restaurants.
Written, composed, performed and produced by Johny Lamb. (being a 'ghost' in Milton Keynes is borrowed from friend and MK resident, Joel Strickland. Thank you sir).