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Sea Music Festival

June 7 - June 10

Join us for the 39th annual Sea Music Festival featuring four days filled with workshops, concerts, hands-on demonstrations, and a scholarly symposium – all celebrating the music of the sea! From songs of the golden age of sail to contemporary compositions, the Sea Music Festival includes a wide variety of sea music both modern and traditional, a children’s stage with special performances for families, and demonstrations of maritime work songs – or chanteys – aboard our historic vessels.

As one of the world’s premier sea music events, performers come from around the world and across the United States. This year, we are excited to present the music of Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland, The Vox Hunters from Rhode Island, FUNI from Iceland, Dan Zanes from New York City, and many more. We are proud to partner with Williams College and the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program to present the Music of the Sea Symposium, exploring the connection between music, maritime culture, folklore, history, and other related topics.

Daytime concerts, workshops, and the Symposium are included with Museum admission. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening concerts require the purchase of a separate ticket. Combination passes are available for this event, including Two-Day and All-Access.

2018 Performer Roster

Walter Askew – California
Matthew Byrne – Newfoundland
Judy Cook – Ohio
FUNI (Bára Grímsdóttir and Chris Foster) – Reykjavík, Iceland
Sara Grey & Keiron Means – Maine and New York
Jim Mageean & Pat Sheridan – England and Ireland
Mara (Brigitte Kloareg, Katell Kloareg and Yuna Léon) – Carnoet, Bretagne, France
w/Mary Ann Roberts from Wales (originally from Trinidad)
Dan Milner – New York
Lee Murdock – Illinois
Lynn Noel – Massachusetts
Norman Kennedy – Vermont & Scotland
3 Ravens (Max Cohen, Lui Collins & Donna Hébert) – Massachusetts
Steve Turner – England
The Vox Hunters (Armand Aromin & Ben Gagliardi) – Rhode Island
Dan Zanes – New York City

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