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Sea Music Festival

Mystic Seaport is proud to host its 36th annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world’s premier sea music events. Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear national and international performers, along with the Museum’s chantey staff, perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions. The 2015 roster includes music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Canada, along with singers from across the United States.

The weekend’s festivities include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum’s historic vessels. The Music of the Sea Symposium is also an integral part of the Sea Music Festival and explores the interaction between sea, music, and song. This two-day collaborative program features subjects from history and folklore, to literature, ethnomusicology, and many other related topics.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fitting Out Concert at the Boat Shed, 7 p.m. – Our first evening concert will get us “fitted out” for the weekend voyage. We will be celebrating the 36th anniversary of the Sea Music Festival with solo guests from New York and Ohio and special bands from New York City and Canada. Featuring: Bonnie and Dan Milner (MCs), Mystic Seaport chantey staff (Craig Edwards, David Iler, Geoff Kaufman, Denise Kegler, Barry Keenan, Chris Koldewey, David Littlefield, and Don Sineti), Judy Cook, Pressgang Mutiny, Shapiro’s Shanty Shakedown, and George Ward.

Concert tickets: Adult member $25, Student/Youth member $16, Adult non-member $32, Student/Youth non-member $24

Friday, June 12, 2015

Music of the Sea Symposium, Part 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Hosted at Connecticut College’s Olin Science Center and moderated by Craig Edwards. Admission is free.

Unmooring Concert at the Boat Shed, 7 p.m. – As we get “under weigh” for the rest of the weekend you will be treated to an exciting mix of acts from our stellar roster of performers from near and far. Featuring: Geoff Kaufman (MC), Ian Bell, Jackson Gillman, Sara Grey and Kieron Means, Maurice Leyden and Jane Cassidy, Meridian (Olivia Gale and Colin de la Barre), and Charlie Zahm.

Concert tickets: Adult member $25, Student/Youth member $16, Adult non-member $32, Student/Youth non-member $24

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Music of the Sea Symposium, Part 2, 9:30 a.m. – Hosted at Mystic Seaport’s Greenmanville Church and moderated by Craig Edwards. Museum admission is required (members admitted for free).

Concerts, Workshops, and Demonstrations, 12-5 p.m. – Hosted throughout Museum grounds and included in Mystic Seaport admission.

Sea Music Contra Dance, 3-6 p.m. – Kick up your heels and enjoy live music and contra dancing at Frohsinn Hall, located at 54 Greenmanville Avenue in Mystic, directly across the street from Mystic Seaport’s main entrance. Admission is $8 and is included in the festival’s All-Access Pass.

Full Sail Concert at the Boat Shed, 7 p.m. – Get ready for an amazing night from great performers. Featuring: John Roberts (MC), Cathy Barton and Dave Para, MARA (Brigitte Kloareg, Katell Kloareg, and Yuna Léon), Northern Neck Chanteymen, Pressgang Mutiny, Alan Reid and Rob van Sante, and Jeff Warner.

Concert tickets: Adult member $25, Student/Youth member $16, Adult non-member $32, Student/Youth non-member $24

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Concerts, Workshops, and Demonstrations, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Hosted throughout Museum grounds and included in Mystic Seaport admission.

Final Concert at the Boat Shed, 3-6 p.m. – Featuring all performers.