34th Annual Sea Music Festival

June 6 - 9, 2013
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Thurs. - Sat.
evening concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Mystic Seaport is proud to host its 34th annual Sea Music Festival, one of the world’s premier sea music events. Fans of traditional sea music gather each year to hear the Museum's Chantey Staff, along with performers from around the globe, carry on the classic musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail through today. The festival has featured music from maritime cultures around the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Iceland, Poland, Netherlands, France, Canada and Africa, as well as native peoples within 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. The festival also features the Music of the Sea Symposium, a two-day program that explores the interaction between sea, music, and song.

Two popular features, which debuted in 2012, return this year:

Sea Music Storytelling Stage: A dedicated storytelling stage co-sponsored by the Connecticut Storytelling Center and featuring gifted storytellers from throughout New England.

Sea Music Contra Dance: Kick up your heels and enjoy live music and contra dancing at Frohsinn Hall (the Mystic German Club) on Saturday, June 8, from 4-6 p.m. Frohsinn Hall is located at 54 Greenmanville Ave., across the street from the Museum's main entrance. Admission to the Contra Dance is $8.

Performers for the 34th Annual Sea Music Festival

AcquAria, Jerry Bryant, Jon Campbell, Debra Cowan, Mary Garvey, Sara Grey and Kieron Means, Cliff Haslam, Hoolie, Kapriol'!, Margaret McCandless, Mudhook, The New Boys of Old New York, OCEAN Celtic, William Pint and Felicia Dale, Tim Radford, SASIEDZI, Danny Spooner, and the S.S. Chanteens.

Schedule of Events for 34th Annual Sea Music Festival

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. - "Fitting Out" Concert" at the Boat Shed
Featuring: Bonnie & Dan Milner (MCs), Current MS Chantey Staff (Denise Cannella, Craig Edwards, Jesse Edwards, David Iler, Geoff Kaufman, Barry Keenan, Chris Koldewey, David Littlefield. Don Sineti), Jon Campbell, Mary Garvey and a featured set by Sasiedzi from Poland

Friday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - "Music of the Sea" Symposium, Part 1
United States Coast Guard Academy, McAllister Hall Auditorium, Engineering Building
Moderators: Faye Ringle and Glenn Gordinier

Friday, June 7, 7 p.m. - "Unmooring" Concert at the Boat Shed
Featuring: Geoff Kaufman (MC), AcquAria, Jerry Bryant, Deborah Cowan, Hoolie, Mudhook, New Boys from Old New York and Tim Radford

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. - "Music of the Sea" Symposium, Part 2 at the Greenmanville Church
Moderator: Glenn Gordinier, Robert G. Albion Historian

Saturday, June 8, 12-5 p.m. - Concerts, Workshops & Demonstrations throughout the Museum

Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. - "Full Sail" Concert at the Boat Shed

Featuring: John Roberts (MC), Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Cliff Haslam, Kapriol!, William Pint & Felicia Dale, OCEAN Celtic, Sasiedzi and Danny Spooner

Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. - Concerts, Workshops & Demonstrations throughout the Museum

Sunday, June 9, 3-6 p.m. - Final Concert at the Boat Shed

Featuring: All Performers