A series of traditional maritime music performances created for our visiting Road Scholar participants is open to the public. All performances take place in the Harms Gallery starting at 7:00 p.m. Wine and Beer are available for sale by the Volunteer Council. Cost is $10 at the door, cash or check.
Monday, May 22 Tom Lewis has a rich repertoire that ranges from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background, by turns reflective, dramatic, and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom's Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales." With songs that have become folk standards, known and sung wherever great choruses ring out, Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humor which keeps audiences utterly enchanted and thoroughly entertained.
Tuesday, June 13 Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante join forces for an evening of maritime music from the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Rob’s virtuoso guitar accompanies an array of Janie’s bay-spun originals, while Meneely adds vocal harmonies to his traditional ballads. Well known in chantey circles, Janie has been singing about Chesapeake people, places, and history for years. Dutch-born van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety, who recently toured with The Battlefield Band, a Scottish group steeped in traditional music.
Tuesday, August 1 Simon Spalding is a well-known interpreter of traditional maritime music, having performed at festivals all over the globe. Spalding is an extraordinarily versatile musician, at ease with styles including traditional English, Scottish, Scandinavian, Russian, and American folk music. Besides his beloved violin, he plays over fifty instruments. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Spalding is a musical historian and published author of Food at Sea: Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times.
Tuesday, September 5 Bob Zentz is a prolific musician, playing several dozen instruments in a repertoire of more than 2,000 songs. An accomplished teller of the tales behind the songs, and an acknowledged scholar of the evolution of “home-made” music, Bob has performed for audiences of all ages. His six albums span the genres of folk, traditional, Celtic and maritime music and beyond, and his recordings also appear on other artist compilations. The year 2016 was capped by the announcement that Bob would be the first folk artist ever honored by a star in the Virginia "Legends of Music Walk of Fame" in his hometown of Norfolk VA.
Tuesday, September 19 Rachel Eddy was born and raised in rural West Virginia. She grew up listening to local fiddlers, her father among them, going to old-time festivals, and attending square dances. The old-time bug bit her early in life and Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. She spent time performing and teaching in Stockholm and has returned to West Virginia. Rachel Eddy recently performed at the Calvert Marine Museum with Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio.