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Sea Music Festival

June 8 - June 11

Mystic Seaport is proud to host its 38th annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world’s premier sea music events. More than 5,000 people gather each year to hear an amazing array of performers from across the world perform maritime music ranging from the golden age of sail to the  best of contemporary compositions. This year’s roster of performers includes musicians from Australia, England, France, across the U.S. from Tennessee to Michigan and the Northeast. The weekend’s festivities include concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard our historic vessels.

As part of the Sea Music Festival, Mystic Seaport will also host the Music of the Sea Symposium. The Music of the Sea Symposium explores the interaction between sea, music, and song. As an integral part of the annual Sea Music Festival, this two-day symposium, co-sponsored by Mystic Seaport, Williams College, the Williams-Mystic Program, and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, explores subjects from history and folklore, to literature and ethnomusicology, along with many other related topics.

This year both days of the symposium – Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10 – will be held in the Greenmanville Church on the Museum grounds. The Sea Music Festival All-Access Pass gives entry to Mystic Seaport, the Symposium, and all other Sea Music Festival events Thursday night through Sunday. Attendance for the Friday Symposium session is only FREE with special entry through the Museum’s Thompson Building, the North End Entrance. Saturday’s Symposium session is included in the cost of admission to the 38th Annual Sea Music Festival. Tickets can be bought at the door.

The Music of the Sea Symposium is sponsored by Mystic Seaport, Williams College, the Williams-Mystic Program, and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.

Daytime concerts and workshops are open to all Museum visitors. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening concerts require separate tickets.

2017 Lineup

Martin & Shan Graebe – England

Tom Lewis – England

Nordet – France

The Roaring Forties – Australia

Atwater/Donnelly – Rhode Island

Jerry Bryant – Massachusetts

The Johnson Girls – New York & Connecticut

Larry Kaplan – Connecticut

Mustard’s Retreat – Michigan

Dave Ruch & Jeff Davis – New York & Connecticut

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker – Tennessee

Dick Swain – Maine

Vox Hunters – Rhode Island

Anayis Wright – Massachusetts