Monday, January 9, 2012

Off to a good start!

The feedback we're getting from our first Sea Shanty Song Circle and Sing-Along has been great! Here are some of the comments I've received via email and read on Facebook:

Last night was incredible! - Jake Beattie, Executive Director of the Northwest Maritime Center
Last night in Port Towsend was fun! The Northwest Maritime Center down on Water Street hosted their first-ever "sea shanty" song circle. More than 100 people turned out. Matthew Moeller, Tugboat Bromberg and Mark Iler joined in. Mike James was the host/MC. And unexpected delight came when Shauna, former cook of the Lady Washington, gave us a rollicking rendition of "Government Ship", aka "Ten Thousand Miles Away." It looks like this shanty-sing is off to a good start! -  Hank Cramer
We Shifties really enjoyed the musical gathering last eve in P.T. There were tunes new for some of us and methinks roundly loved by ALL of us. See you next month... an excellent experience it was. - Wylie of the Shifty Sailors
The chantey sing was great! I hope we have as great a turnout next month. I, for one, will be there. - Tug Bromberg
What a great way to start the year and a joy to be with everyone – and to make many of your acquaintance – for the first time - in song and sound if not yet in conversation. Looking forward to the next ones, which I hope to be able to regularly attend.  - Judith-Kate Friedman, Director of Songwriting Works
A hearty and heartfelt AAAAARGH!, and many, many thanks to all of you who traveled from afar to help us PT-ites kickoff our shantey song circle at the Maritime Center. Your interpretations of traditional numbers… or your parodies, as well as your originals, and willingness to include the crowd, added real flavor to the program. I've heard nothing but positives about the experience. All of you helped to tap into a spirit of musical community that seems to have been overlooked in our modern times. The room was at least as full at the end of the evening as it was at the start… Wonderful! - Mike James
And read what Helen Gilbert has to say on our Sing Shanties blog post TheRafters resounded!
More fun than expected! Easy to participate even for non-singers. Looking forward to next month.  - Susan
 This was one of the funnest events in my time in PT – truly! And I can’t wait till next month.  - Lynn
I had a blast! A foot-stomping good time. Looking forward to February! - Sheila
Join us for the first time or join us again on Thursday, February 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe for another free, "foot-stomping" good time!