International Music of the Sea festival celebrates ‘Golden Age of Sail’
The Golden Age of Sail will be celebrated in song when the Mystic Seaport Museum hosts the 39th International Sea Music Festival Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10.
Billed as the “premier sea music event in North America,” festivities will include daytime and evening concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, a scholars’ symposium and “a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum’s historic ships.”
This year’s highlights include the music of Matthew Byrne; from Newfoundland; The Vox Hunters, from Rhode Island; FUNI, from Iceland; Dan Zanes, from New York City; Walter Askew, from California; the group 3 Ravens, from Massachusetts; and the English and Irish duo of Jim Mageean & Pat Sheridan. They will be joined by the Mystic Seaport Chantey Staff, including Geoff Kaufman, Craig Edwards, Denise Kegler and Don Sineti.
For children, Grammy Award-winner Zanes will perform with Claudia Eliaza on an expanded Family Stage. On Sunday, Zanes and Eliaza will be joined by Mary Anne Roberts of Rokus Korus for a special workshop on “Haiti and the Sea.”
The festival also will feature four workshops of “Chanteys at Work” on the ships Charles W. Morgan, Joseph Conrad and L.A. Dunton. “In these workshops, festival musicians join with museum chantey staff to lead visitors in setting sail, lifting cargo, weighing anchor, and other shipboard tasks.” On Sunday, a hymn sing of traditional hymns and religious songs will be led by Judy Cook, Stephen Sanfilippo and the Heavenly Twins.
All workshops and daytime concerts in the festival are included in regular museum admission. Special tickets are required for evening concerts and can be purchased online or by telephone.
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., in the Mystic section of Stonington. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 4-14. 888-973-2767, mysticseaport.org