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Sea Music Festival

Mystic Seaport is proud to host its 35th annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world’s premier sea music events. Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear international performers and the Museum’s chantey staff perform music from the golden Age of Sail through the best of contemporary compositions. This year’s roster includes music from Great Britain, The Netherlands, Portugal, Canada, and the Caribbean, along with singers from across the United States. The weekend’s festivities include concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum’s historic vessels.

Music of the Sea Symposium: June 13-14, 2014

As part of the Sea Music Festival, Mystic Seaport will host the Music of the Sea Symposium, a two-day program that explores the interaction between sea, music, and song. This two-day collaborative program between the Museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and University of Connecticut at Avery Point explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature and ethnomusicology and many other related topics.

The first day of the symposium will be hosted Friday, June 13, on the maritime campus of the University of Connecticut at Avery Point in Groton, CT. Admission is free. The symposium continues Saturday, June 14, at Mystic Seaport in the Greenmanville Church. Museum admission is required.

Contra Dance: June 14, 2014

The Sea Music Festival will continue this new tradition that began in 2012! All are invited to kick up their heels and enjoy live music and contra dancing at Frohsinn Hall, located directly across from Mystic Seaport at 54 Greenmanville Avenue, from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. Admission to the Contra Dance is $8 and is included in the festival’s All-Access Pass.

Evening Concerts: June 12-14, 2014

Daytime concerts and workshops are open to all Museum visitors. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening concerts are priced separately; tickets are $32 for adults, $25 for member adults, $24 for students/youth, and $16 for member students/youth.

Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m.

“Fitting Out” Concert at the Boat Shed: This evening will feature the Museum’s chantey staff and a number of special guest performers getting us “fitted out” for the weekend voyage. We will be celebrating both the 35th anniversary of the Sea Music Festival and the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan, which will already be underway in New London, CT.

Friday, June 13, 7 p.m.

“Unmooring” Concert at the Boat Shed: 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.

Saturday, June 14 , 7 p.m.

“Full Sail” Concert at the Boat Shed: Get ready for another amazing night from more great performers. We’ll be posting tentative concert rosters soon.