Share the Square on Festival Sunday

For this Sunday, September 29th only, concurrent with our usual festival performances in the downtown area, there will be offered an array of special City Sponsored events in and around Market Square, as part of the first annual celebration of Share The Square.  The plan is to close vehicular traffic to stretches of the Read more…

Tom Hall Tribute Film Screening

Thursday, September 26, The Portsmouth Athenaeum7:00 PM Sunday, September 29The Press Room1:00 PM 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 Read more…

⚓Nauti Bits Son of a Gun

SON OF A GUN Sailors’ wives and “special friends” were often permitted on board Royal Navy vessels in the early 19th century and frequently went on long voyages.  Pregnant women were assigned the only space available to give birth, between the cannons on the gun deck!  Spectacularly uncomfortable, but at least Read more…

⚓Nauti Bits Son of a Gun

SON OF A GUN Sailors’ wives and “special friends” were often permitted on board Royal Navy vessels in the early 19th century and frequently went on long voyages.  Pregnant women were assigned the only space available to give birth, between the cannons on the gun deck!  Spectacularly uncomfortable, but at least Read more…

Remembering Tom Hall’s Role …

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 Read more…