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Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival Events at The Press Room

Sun, Sep 29, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

Maritime Folk Festival

Free | All Ages

About the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
Since the autumn of 2000, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival has been held annually in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to celebrate the local and national heritage of seafaring and maritime trades by taking nautical songs and music to the city’s pubs, cafés, churches and streets.

Events for Sunday, September 29

1:00–2:00 Film Screening of Tom Hall – Musical Life, Musical Community
2:00–2:50 Jim Mcgeean and Pat Sheridan/Linn Schulz and Bruce MacIntyre
3:00–3:50 The Vox Hunters and Julia Friend
4:00–4:40 London Julie and Ken Schatz

Tom Hall – Musical Life, Musical Community celebrates the way Tom Hall’s folk music and sea chantey sessions sparked a large and thankful Portsmouth musical community.  With his Press Room Friday night session, running some thirty years, Tom entertained and inspired singers, songwriters, and musical groups.  The short film (17 min.) outlines that history with interviews and musical interludes – many in the Press Room of the ‘old days.’ This special screening. during the twentieth annual PMFF, will be preceded and followed by stories and songs from a number of those who knew Tom’s ‘Musical Community’ magic in those early days.

Jim Mcgeean and Pat Sheridan, respectively from England and Ireland, are wonderfully knowledgeable and talented singers and international recording artists. They will perform from their unique repertoire of traditional maritime shanties, ballads and fo’c’sle songs.

Linn Schulz was Tom Hall’s wife and musical partner for over 30 years. Linn is keeping Tom’s musical and nautical legacy and repertoire alive in our singing community. She currently leads weekly Anglo-Celtic traditional music sessions which include shanties, forebitters, and foc’s’l ballads at The Press Room on Sunday afternoons.

The Vox Hunters, Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi, hail from the great state of Rhode Island. They are seekers and singers of old songs, cultivators of local music, and chronic multi-instrumentalists.The duo is touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it.

For 30 years Julia Friend has used the vehicle of traditional sea music and ballads to express herself and connect to others. Her a cappella repertoire includes blood boiling battle cries, dead honest songs of loss, and ridiculously jolly ditties.

Ever wonder what the women were doing while the men were sailing the unforgiving sea? Pirate queens and cross-dressing sailors come to life as London Julie returns to the PMFF for their fifth year with their vast repertoire of maritime songs from the woman’s perspective. Ramona Connelly, Carol Coronis, Justine Donovan, and Jean Frances bring their harmonies and instrumental magic to the ensemble from musical backgrounds that include American Roots, Balkan, Celtic, and Gospel.

Ken Schatz is a powerful a cappella singer with a lifetime of experience in traditional music and an eclectic repertoire of sea songs and chanteys, gospel, blues, ballads, and worksongs. His credits include performances and teaching workshops at major folk festivals, museums, clubs, and concert venues on both sides of the Atlantic, with many of America and Britain’s foremost interpreters of traditional song.


Sun, Sep 29, 2019
2:00 pm 5:00 pm
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The Press Room
77 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801 US
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