Maritime Musings: Maritime Music at the Northwest Folklife Festival

A hearty, salt-soaked thank you to (aptly named) guest blogger Alice Winship for this post!
This year’s Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 25 to 28, will have major maritime music events on Saturday and Sunday, with other maritime performances scattered through the schedule.

Maritime Show on Saturday
The annual Maritime Show will, as usual, be on Saturday afternoon at the Northwest Court, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  Performing will beBroadside and the Handsome Cabin Boys, Jon Barlett and Rika Ruebsaat, Piper Stock Hill,Spanaway BayThe Great Sanger and Didele, and Tom Lewis.  This is an impressive line up.

Dan Roberts will emcee the Maritime Show this year.  Philip Morgan, who founded the Maritime Show, has been emcee for over 20 years.  According to Folklife, “Philip has been a great guide this year but I believe that he may take this Festival off and return more fully next year.”

Following the Maritime Show, there will be a Maritime Sing-Along in the Northwest Court beer garden from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.



The next day, Sunday, Sing Sea Songs at the Intiman Courtyard from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  The focus will be on familiar songs with easy choruses. The audience will be encouraged to sing along.  Leading chanteys will be Jean Geiger, Eric Nelson, Cassie Owens,Wayne PalssonDan Roberts, Pierre Rose, Marek Skoczylas, Stephen Whinihan, and Alice Winship.
Other Maritime Performances

Tom Lewis will be leading a workshop onSongs & Lore of the Seain the Intiman Courtyard on Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.

There will probably be some maritime songs in the sets of Bold Horizon on Sunday at 12:10 pm in the Shaw Room, and Coventryon Monday at 5:40 on the Northwest Court Stage.  This will be the last performance for Bold Horizon; the group is disbanding.
Maritime CDs
CDs by maritime performers will be for sale next to the stage at the Maritime Show on Saturday, and at the Folklife store all during the festival.  There will be at least two new maritime CDs available.
New CD from Piper Stock Hill
Piper Stock Hill, one of the bands appearing in the Maritime Show, will have their first recording out by then, titled One Pub at a Time.  It will contain six songs, three of which are originals written by band members.  Piper Stock Hill is a Northwest band that specializes in songs of Newfoundland.
New CD with songs about the Columbia River Bar
Maritime Folknet, a non-profit organization that released its first CD, Northwest Tugboat Tales, in 2010, will release a new CD at Folklife, Tales from the Bar.  It will be a compilation of songs about the Columbia River Bar.

The song themes include both the history of the Columbia River Bar, and the maritime activity that takes place today.  The Columbia River Maritime Museum is providing some historic photos for the CD artwork.

Some of the performers will be from the area near the mouth of the Columbia River, including Brownsmead Flats, Hobe Kytr, The Low Tide Drifters, and Willapa Hills.  Mary Garvey, a prominent songwriter from the Long Beach area, has written several of the songs on the CD, and sings one in a trio with Chris Roe and Sophie Morse.  Others performers include Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, Hank Payne, Cate Gable, Hank Cramer, Watch the Sky, Jon Pfaff, The Whateverly Brothers, Matthew Moeller,Chris GlanisterJan Elliott-Glanister, and Dan Roberts.

Victory Review keeps up with maritime music throughout the year:

For information about maritime music throughout the year, read the Maritime Musingscolumn in the online Victory Review, on the Victory Music website.


Alice Winship

About Alice
Alice Winship has been promoting maritime music events as an unpaid volunteer for various non-profit organizations, and generally advocating the cause of Northwest nautical music and maritime preservation, since 1996. She is the president of Maritime Folknet, a new non-profit organization devoted to encouraging maritime culture, especially music. She is vice-president of AKCHO (Association of King County Historical Organizations), and has recently begun dabbling in songwriting.