Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Don't forget...October 14th is our next Shanty Sing at the Maritime Center. We're looking forward to seeing you all.

Breaking news, a switch in song leader. Matt Moeller is unable to make it in October; he will be with us at a later date.
So, this month we will be led by the extraordinarily talented members of the Maggie B Shanty Crew. You are in for a treat!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hoorah! Sing Shanties & Songs About the Sea - 2nd Edition Now Available!

The second edition of the special expanded maritime music lyrics collection of Stephen Gottlieb Lewis is now available.

Why a second edition?
Well, it turns out that the first edition was hugely popular. The first edition sold out quickly; those copies are now worth their weight in gold. Keep hold of yours, as it will be a collectors’ item in years to come.J

We kept being asked, “Where can I get a copy of the book?” Rumors spread of a mass mutiny, so an effort was launched to satisfy the demand. We took the opportunity to make some minor corrections, while keeping the page numbers of the songs the same as in the first edition.

Where can I get a copy of the new edition?
You can get a copy of this second edition, at the same reasonable price of only $11.95, from The Chandlery at the Maritime Center. But hurry, this may turn out to be just as popular as the first edition.

A special thanks to Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann who have been stalwarts in researching and compiling material for the update.
"The reprint is distinguishable from the first books by its new cover, an extract of a photograph made of the half-brig Daisy, taken by Robert Cushman Murphy. Murphy sailed as a naturalist/passenger on the Daisy in 1912-13. She was the last wind-powered whaling vessel to put in at Grytviken on South Georgia Island."  ~ Ellie Mathews

Also, thanks to those Shanty enthusiasts who contributed edits – you know who you are. This new addition continues to be a beautiful remembrance of Steve Lewis. You should all feel very proud.

And a special thank you to the Northwest Maritime Center and Kim Brooks - Chandlery Manager for your support as one of our major sponsors, publishing and selling this second edition, and continuing to host our monthly Sing Shanties Song Circle at the Center.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome Chris Gilbert, our new Sing Shanties Admin!

Chris Gilbert has been a part of our Sing Shanties Song Circle for some time now, and has recently accepted the role as our Sing Shanties website administrator! We welcome Chris, not only appreciating him stepping into the task of updating our web presence and content, but for his lively folk and maritime music as a shantyman and the lead singer and musical performer of his group Happenstance.

More about Chris Gilbert here!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Matthew Moeller to Lead October 14th Shanty Sing!

Matthew Moeller is a gifted shantyman and musician who hails from Olympia. He'll be returning to Port Townsend this October to lead a rousing October 14th Shanty Sing! Read what Mike James has to say on the flyer about Matthew. You won't want to miss this Sing-Along with Matthew Moeller; he's a hoot!

Matthew Greeting Helen Gilbert at WBF

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sea Chantey Sing-Alongs with Wayne Palsson - Wooden Boat Festival

Port Townsend, Washington 
September 11, 12 and 13 - 2015

Sea Chantey Sing-Alongs with Host Wayne Palsson 
in the Marina Room at Port Hudson, 
Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

JW Sparrow leads August 12th Song Circle!

Lots of entertaining information here about JW Sparrow in a blog post from September 12, 2013, when John led his first Sea Shanties Song Circle here in Port Townsend. This will be John's 3rd visit to Port Townsend to lead our Sing Shanties Song Circle. Be sure to save the date and help us spread the word - invite your family and friends!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tania Opland Leads July 8th Song Circle!

"Tania Opland - born and raised in Alaska and now often found in western Washington, in southeast Ireland, and on the road - has recorded four solo albums to date, to excellent reviews in acoustic music magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. She also has a duo album with her husband/music partner Mike Freeman, and two collaborations with Freeman and award-winning author Anne McCaffrey.

Opland's repertoire starts from a base in the traditional musics of North America and the British Isles, spreads through most of Northern Europe and touches on other cultures around the globe. Her array of musical instruments includes an unusual five-string violin/viola, cittern (or octave mandolin), hammered dulcimer, ocarina and hurdy-gurdy, along with more common instruments such as guitar, recorder, and, of course, voice. 

Tania Opland has been touring and recording for three decades, and has appeared on radio and television in the U.S., Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan, Scotland, Ireland and England."