Hymn Sing

Bill Dunlap is leading the maritime hymn sing on Sunday afternoon.  He is a law professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he teaches international law, including the law of the sea.  He is currently researching the history of maritime hymns—prayers for mariners’ lives and vessels, metaphorical religious lessons for landlubber churchgoers, Read more…

Festival Showcase Performances

Saturday morning, and into the early afternoon, is when listeners and performers get to know each other.  Beginning at 10 AM and ending at 2 PM, each of our artists are featured in one of three locations: The John Paul Jones House, the historic barn at the Moffatt Ladd House, Read more…

The Thirsty Moose Pub

On the Friday evening before the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, It has been our tradition to meet and participate in the Celtic/Maritime open session that has historically taken place at the Press Room, Portsmouth’s legendary venue for both traditional and contemporary music.  This year, as she did last year, due to ongoing Read more…

John Paul Jones House

The Portsmouth Maritime Festival connection with the John Paul Jones House is a natural.  What better place to present traditional maritime music than under the spreading branches of the resident maple tree that shades the front lawn of the house where in 1781 resided the father of the United States Read more…

Market Square Shanties

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Saturday Evening Concert

(2017 content – will be updated) For the ninth year in a row, through the generosity of Celtic Crossing gift shop, we are pleased to present a full-length evening concert at Sanborn Hall, part of the United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, 129 Miller Ave. The acts in 2017 are Vox Read more…