Saturday, March 16, 2013

Join us for our April 4 Song Circle with Shantyman Mark Olson

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.