Thursday, June 03, 2010

Mystic Seaport to host 31st Annual Sea Music Festival

Mystic Seaport to host 31st Annual Sea Music Festival

By Mystic Seaport

Event features daytime workshops, evening concerts, a children’s stage and a two-day symposium

Maritime musicians from around the world will celebrate the wooden whaleship Charles W. Morgan and her ports of call at the 31st annual Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13. Performances will be held onstage Saturday and Sunday (June 12 - 13) from 12 - 5p.m. Themed workshops and demonstrations will take place aboard the tall ships Joseph Conrad and L.A. Dunton, as well as on Museum grounds. The festival also features evening concerts Thursday through Saturday (June 10 - 12) from 7-10 p.m. at the Boat Shed.

A special children’s stage will offer daytime workshops and on-site activities designed especially for a younger audience. Children will be able to create paper hats, banners and musical instruments in the Museum’s Discovery Barn and then participate in the children’s parade which marches through Museum grounds Sunday at 2:45 p.m.
The Barrouallie Whalers, a four-man group from St. Vincent in the Grenadines, will present a unique sea chantey demonstration aboard a Museum whaleboat Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, at 4 p.m. The group, comprised of Milton “Proova” Anderson, George “Tall 12” Frederick, Vernon “Maysay” Harvey and Edgar Mulraine, all worked in the shore whaling of St. Vincent and were documented in musicologist Roger Abrahams’ 1966 volume, Deep the Water, Shallow the Shore. Equipped with wireless microphones, The Barrouallie Whalers will perform songs that they sang while rowing whaleboats from their home shores 50 years ago. The men will be accompanied by colleague Vincent Reid who will be on shore explaining the Barrouallie tradition and music.

In addition, the 31st annual Music of the Sea Symposium, hosted in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, will be held Friday and Saturday, June 11- 12. The two-day symposium, which features presentations of widely themed papers by some of the country’s leading maritime scholars, explores the interaction between sea, music and song.

The Friday, June 11, symposium session will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at UConn’s Avery Point campus located at 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT, in Room 103 of the Marine Sciences Building.

The symposium continues Saturday, June 12, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Greenmanville Church at Mystic Seaport. Museum admission is required (free for members). For a list of symposium presenters and topics, visit

The featured performers in the 31st annual Sea Music Festival hail from various regions of the United States, as well as from England, France, Ireland and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The lineup includes: 3 Finger Poi, The Barrouallie Whalers, The Beans, The Black Brook Singers, Jerry Bryant, David Coffin, Debra Cowen, Gabriel Donohue, April Grant, Cliff Haslam and The Jovial Crew, The Johnson Girls, Hughie Jones, Peter Kasin & Richard Adrianowicz, Bonnie and Dan Milner, Deirdra Murtha, Mustard’s Retreat, Nordet, Tim Radford, Stephen Sanfilippo, Steve Roys, Bob Walser, Bob Webb and Kenny Wolin, as well as the Mystic Seaport Chantey Staff: Denise Canella, David Iler, Geoff Kaufman, Barry Keenan, Chris Koldeway, David Littlefield, Don Sineti and Carl Thornton.

All workshops and daytime concerts are included in regular Mystic Seaport admission and do not require separate tickets. Museum admission is good for two days upon ticket validation (visit must be made within one week of purchase date). Tickets are required for evening concerts and can be purchased online at Weekend passes are also available. College students will be admitted into the festival for the youth rate of $15 upon presentation of a current student ID.

For more information, including musicians’ bios and a schedule of performances, visit

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. For more information, visit

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