May 24, 25 and 26 - This weekend, there will be a lot of great maritime music at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle - Alice Winship, Victory Music Review
Friday, 3:40 pm, Chris Roe
Saturday, 11:40 pm, Spanaway Bay
Saturday, 12:20 pm, Percy Hilo
Saturday, 3 pm, Maritime Showcase at the Northwest Court: The Baggywrinkles 3:00 PM 3:25 PM (Dan Roberts, Matthew Moeller, Tom Rawson), The Great Sanger and Didele 3:30 PM 3:55 PM, Dan Maher 4:00 PM 4:25 PM, Broadside & the Handsome Cabin Boys 4:30 PM 4:55 PM, North by West 5:00 PM 5:25 PM, and Shanghaied on the Willamette 5:30 PM 5:55 PM
Saturday, 6 pm, Beer Garden Chantey Sing
Saturday, 6:30 pm, Mary Garvey
Sunday, 4 pm, Sea Chantey Sing-Along
Sunday, 9:30 pm, Piper Stock Hill
For more information about maritime music, please read Alice's Maritime Musings column in the online Victory Review Magazine.
Victory Music has a new website, you can read the May Review at VictoryMusic.us
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
Sing Shanties Song Circle will be sing shanties at the NW Maritime Center plaza on July 21st, sometime between noon and 3pm. Please join us. Songbooks will be available to sing from. Check back for an update as the event gets closer.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
John Sparrow, who will be leading our shanty sing in October, shared this fascinating video with us, produced by John Sabella from Port Angeles, WA. One of Sparrow's songs is in the documentary.
Leaving San Francisco in the Morning is a vignette from the documentary Sockeye and the Age of Sail
About - "At the turn of the 20th Century, the Alaska Packers Association assembled the largest fleet of privately owned square rigged ships in the world to service the Alaska canned salmon trade. The vessels set sail for the north each spring. On departure day, the men gathered on the docks of San Francisco. It was a festive occasion. The Italians arrived with jugs of wine and the Scandinavians brought moonshine. Wives and sweethearts came to bid their men farewell. There were tears and laughter. Aboard ship the carpenters secured the anchors, locked the windlass, plugged the hawse pipes and fired up the donkey engine. It was important to have the donkey engine ready to handle the heavy work of raising sail in case the men were too drunk or too seasick. The voyage to Alaska was a difficult journey through uncharted waters often shrouded in fog and lashed by storms. Sometimes the ships took a coastwise route, calling on Puget Sound ports for lumber and coal, or ferrying supplies to and from the APA canneries at Point Roberts and Semiahamoo. Other ships bound for Alaska took the direct route through open ocean. For roughly a month, they beat northward against the westerly wind and current. Climb aboard, in this vignette from John Sabella's documentary Sockeye and the Age of Sail. View the full documentary on Pay Per View for as little as $4.95." - John Sabella
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Spread the word - The Shifty Sailors are comin' back to lead us in another rousing round of sea shanties, and sing us some of their maritime favorites. Please join us Thursday, May 2 from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Invite your friends, share this post and flyer... and "Keep on Singin' Shanties"!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Please join us for our next, first Thursday shanty sing with our April songleader, Shanty man Mark Olson. Mark is a Port Hadlock resident, active participant in our monthly song circles and regularly posts articles on Sing Shanties, aka the Longwinded Shantyman.
Mark first took the helm of a junk-rigged schooner in fourth grade. After a childhood of racing rubber-band-powered paddle boats and collecting cartons for the Milk Carton Derby race on Seattle's Green Lake, it was just a matter of time before he stumbled upon a tall ship.
Mark slipped in through the hawse pipe and eventually worked his way up to Mate before becoming the Northwest Regional Port Captain of the Grays Harbor Fleet. During his many years with the fleet, Mark had the opportunity to work with many of the nation's top shanty men and women, using the traditional working songs of the sea in the context in which they were first created and sung: To hoist anchor, sail, and yard - to load and stow - to pass the time - and to pass on the multitude facets of the life of a sailor through the medium of song.
This is a FREE, family-friendly gathering where "singin' is encouraged, but knot required". Coffee and tea is provided. Snacks are welcome. We have songbooks to sing from during song circle, and new ones available for purchase.
Location: The Uptown Community Center at the corner of Tyler Street and Lawrence Street across from Aldrich's Market.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.