Meet the Mystic Seaport Chantey Staff
Geoff Kaufman is recognized as one of the golden voices of New England's folk music scene. As a member of the chantey group Stout, Geoff was present at the first Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival. Geoff has worked at Mystic Seaport as a chanteyman, interpreter and roleplayer since 1984.
As a soloist and a member of the group Forebitter, Geoff has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. His many recording credits include three solo albums: Fair Stood the Wind, Tree of Life and Huzza, Old Ironsides: Her Life and Times in Song.
Chris Koldewey has been singing folk music and sea music in particular since his early teens. He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and his lullabies as a child were traditional songs of the sea. He was raised on the North Shore of Long Island, and from an early age was exposed to a wide variety of folk music.
Chris primarily performs U.S. and British traditional music and he is attracted to the stories behind many of the songs he sings. The approach to many of those songs includes their historical perspectives. The songs may range from the "sublime to the ridiculous," and everything in between.
David Iler has been singing and playing music most of his life. From his humble beginnings as a child soloist for his church choir to his current position as a chanteyman at Mystic Seaport, David has been influenced by an eclectic variety of musical genres.
In 2008, David was taken under the wings of the magnificent chanteymen at the Museum. He plans to hone his craft and continue to maintain the tradition of ethno-musicology and musicianship his friends and co-workers at Mystic Seaport embody.
|Don Sineti has been heard in concert from Hawaii to Alaska to Germany. He also performs with the groups Finest Kind and the Morgans. Don has illustrated a number of publications on Cetaceans. He is the co-founder and past president of Cetacean Society International. Don is known throughout the folk music community as "Conan the Shantyman."|
Interested in Sea Music? Mystic Seaport holds an annual Sea Music Festival in June!