While PMFF, as an event, was inspired by Peter Contrastano and Jeff Warner … the musical community and sea song lore that nourished the festival from the earliest days was ‘organized’ by the one and only Tom Hall.
Tom’s knowledge and love of maritime tradition, shared at the Press Room every Friday night for years, brought many a musician and storyteller into the fold.
Important links to other maritime communities like Gloucester and Portland broadened the reach, and inspired singers and groups took shape in the warm and informative atmosphere.
The short commemorative documentary, Tom Hall – Musical Life, Musical Community uses interviews with Tom and Press Room sea shanty footage to acknowledge Tom’s background, the importance of the Friday session, and the individuals and groups that gathered and flourished under Tom’s guidance.
Many thanks to Tom!