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Sea Music Festival

June 9 - June 12

Mystic Seaport is proud to host its 37th annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world’s premier sea music events, June 9-12, 2016. 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. This year’s roster includes music from England, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Canada, along with singers from across the U.S.

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 historic vessels. All workshops and daytime concerts in the Festival are included in regular Mystic Seaport admission. Special tickets are required for Thursday through Saturday evening concerts.

In addition, the annual Music of the Sea Symposium, hosted in partnership with the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, will be held June 10-11. This two-day collaborative program explores the interaction between sea, music, and song and features subjects from history and folklore, to literature, ethnomusicology, and other related topics.

2016 Lineup

Barrule – Peel, Isle of Man, England; Moe Bowstern – Portland, OR and Portknockie, Scotland; Matthew Byrne – St. John’s, Newfoundland; Jon Campbell – Narragansett, RI; Castlebay (Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane) – Round Pond, ME; John Doyle – Ashville, NC and Dublin, Ireland; Richard Grainger – Whitbey, England; Cliff Haslam – Madison, CT; Kim & Reggie Harris – Middleburg, NY; David Jones – Leonia, NJ and Isle of Dogs, England; Kieran Jordan – Dorchester, MA; Nanne Kalma & Ankie Van Der Meer – Burgum, Friesland, the Netherlands; Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino) – Middleburg, NY; Margaret McCandless – Jefferson, MA; Pressgang Mutiny – Toronto, Canada; Spitzer & Mareva (Dan MacDonald and Mareva Lindo) – Chicago, IL; Heather Wood – New York, NY; Bob Walser – Minneapolis, MN; and Bob Zentz – Norfolk, VA.

Evening Concerts at the Boat Shed

Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m. – “Fitting Out” Concert

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 the 37th anniversary of the Sea Music Festival with a special honoring of British tradition with duos from both England and New York.

Friday, June 10, 7 p.m. – “Unmooring” Concert

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 11, 7 p.m. – “Full Sail” Concert

Get ready for another amazing night from more great performers.

Become a Friend of the Festival

The Friends of the Festival is a leadership gift club for the Sea Music Festival. We invite you to join this dedicated group of individuals who, through their generosity, ensure the well-being and future of the festival. To learn more, please email the Advancement Department or call 860.572.5365.