Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wayne Palsson to lead our Shanty Sing on January 11th

Wayne has been singing chanteys and maritime songs for over a decade, focusing on songs with rich tones reflecting the fishing and maritime trades.
Wayne is the host of Northwest Seaport’s Chantey Sing Series and sings in the local group "Strikes A Bell".
His own nautical experience on the high seas and local waters helps to anchor his interpretations of traditional chanteys, new and local sea songs, and even a few overlooked classics by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dano Quinn to lead our December Shanty Sing

Our song leader this month is the award-winning Dano Quinn, who writes and tells the greatest salty tales, and is a great shanty leader. Don't miss it...Dano is quite the'll never hear stories like this anywhere else.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Whateverley Brothers to lead our November Shanty Sing

Leading our Shanty Sing in November will be The Whateverley Brothers. Not only are they extremely well known as a great shanty and folk band in the Northwest, but they are regulars to our Shanty Circle.

Take a look at the posting from their last visit - in November 2015:

See you at 6pm on November 9th, at the PT Maritime Center, 431 Water Street (upstairs) for a great night of singing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sonia Frojen to lead our October 12th Shanty Sing!!!

Sonia Frojen came to Port Townsend through her job as a deckhand aboard Schooner Adventuress.  A 2 year stint in the San Juan Islands as a kayak guide, a sail down the coast into Baja aboard a private yacht, a short (year-long) stop in Sausalito as a canvas worker, and now School Program Coordinator and Licensed Captain at the Northwest Maritime Center are all experiences that have brought her to live and explore in Port Townsend year-round.  She and her dog Bella can be found on the various local beaches finding treasures and watching the passing scene...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Helen Gilbert to lead our August 10th Shanty Sing!!!

Helen hails from England where she developed a strong passion for the music of her ancestors...many of whom were miners, mariners and farm laborers...She particularly enjoys lending her accented vocals to stories of longing and hard times.

Helen has been an active member of the maritime singing community of the Pacific Northwest since settling here several years ago. In addition to being one of the founders of the Port Townsend Shanty Sing, she founded the monthly Seattle Pub Sing, is a frequent leader of the Northwest Seaport Chanty Sing, and is a regular performer at Northwest Folklife. She helped produce the book “Sing Shanties & Songs About the Sea” in remembrance of local Shantyman Steve Lewis and his extensive collection of Shanties and Maritime songs. She is a board member of the Maritime Folknet (

Helen is a member of the very popular Seattle band The Drunken Maidens, who will be performing at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival on Aug 13th (

Monday, July 18, 2016

Don't miss Hank Cramer in concert - August 13th at Northwind Arts

You will not want to miss this concert! Hank Cramer is a very popular singer of traditional folk, Celtic and maritime songs (and more) and is know for his deep rich voice and deep well of stories. Tickets on www.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Photos from our June 8th sing

Some photies from our last shanty sing, led by Cap'n Matt Moeller and Tugboat Bromberg. We were all delighted when Hank Cramer showed up and sung us a few songs. We had a great time that evening with a bunch of first rate performers entertaining us!

JW Sparrow to lead the July 13th Shanty Sing!!!

JW is a firm favorite with our regular shanty songsters, and is back again to entertain us in his own inimitable style.

There is a lot of information about JW Sparrow in our blog post from September 12, 2013, when John led his first Sea Shanties Song Circle here in Port Townsend. Be sure to save the date and help us spread the word - invite your family and friends!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Cap'n Matt Moeller to lead the June 8th Shanty Sing!!!

Matthew Moeller (aka Cap’n Matt), sailor, chantyman, songwriter and writer, is a  third generation resident of the Salish Sea region. Widely known as a singer and folk musician, he is semi-retired from performing and lives in Olympia, WA with his his wife, the Lovely Lanita, and Zoe – The Cat.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shanty singing at Pippa's Real Tea - June 4th

Another chance to singalong to shanties, with our very own Port Townsend Shanty Band, Nelson's Blood.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Nelson's Blood to lead our May 11th Sing Shanty session!!

Oh, a drop of Nelson's Blood wouldn't do us any harm! Aggghhh

Yes, Port Townsend's very own shanty band will be leading the session this month, singing some Rollicking Roaring Shanties, and facilitating the song circle. Should be a load of fun...I've heard that this crew is "world class"! Don't miss it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Dano Quinn to lead our April 13th Sing Shanty session!!

Our song leader this month is the award-winning Dano Quinn, who tells the greatest salty tales this side of the Oriquoromomo* Divide. And all are his very own work. Don't miss it...Dano is quite the'll never hear stories like this anywhere else.
And - he tells me his CD's are all million sellers. He has a million of them in his cellar. (Hah! The old ones are the best.)

(*P.S. I made up that name...I'm a little mischievous.)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Shanty Singing at the PT Victorian Heritage Festival March 18th

Come along for some Shanty Singing at the PT Victorian Heritage Festival, Friday March 18th at 7pm, in the Hastings Building (Corner of Taylor and Water Streets).

The host is the award-winning Dano Quinn, who tells the greatest salty tales you have ever heard - and all his own work. Don't miss it...Dano is quite the special.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Nelson's Blood to sing Rollicking Roaring Shanties at Candlelight Concert

Dear Shanty Singers,

This is not to be missed...the new Port Townsend shanty band Nelson's Blood makes its debut at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Uptown on March 31st.

Be there or be a square-rigger.Nelson's Blood...very motley, indeed...Agggghhhhh!

Follow Nelson's Blood on FaceBook...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

David Kessler to lead the March 9th Sing Shanty session!!

David Kessler grew up in New England where he learned to sail, sing, and appreciate the region’s coast and history.

He has organized and managed events of all sizes, and founded several singing and educational sailing events. He co-produces the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony and is half of the singing duo Kessler and Perasso.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jim Scarantino to lead the February 10th Sing Shanty session!!

Join us for another great session of shanty singing, led this month by Jim Scarantino.

Jim discovered sea shanties upon moving to Port Townsend two years ago.  He brings his experience singing classical and opera, country, gospel and hard rock to the monthly gathering.  Jim performs with Nelson's Blood, a new local shanty/maritime band, and with Happenstance, the British/Irish pub band that closed out last year's Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.