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Performers – 2017

Cindy Kallet

Cindy Kallet

Cindy Kallet is a superb singer, guitarist, and songwriter. She has taught and performed extensively throughout North America. She has recorded 10 albums and has also published a songbook of 32 of her original songs. Cindy also loves to share her favorite traditional and contemporary folk songs. Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe calls Cindy "...one of folk music's most respected songwriters... provocative, heartwise, and original ...a brilliant guitarist..."

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Pint and Dale

Pint and Dale

William Pint & Felicia Dale provide decidedly different entertainment in the world of maritime music. They deliver dynamic vocals and instrumental fireworks, early music to modern, traditional sea shanties to contemporary songwriters, heart-wrenching to downright silly, with powerful harmonies and dramatic instrumental work on guitar, hurdy-gurdy, octave mandolin, penny whistles, and fiddle. Their material is well researched, authentic and from the heart."

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Vox Hunters

The Vox Hunters

Armand Aromin & Benedict Gagliardi were united through traditional Irish music but share a wide-ranging affinity for English and American folk songs, folksingers and musical styles. The Providence-based duo delights in the process of seeking and discovering songs and singers, hence their name (vox is Latin for voice). Their repertoire is eclectic and ever-growing and they exercise their craft at pub sings, sessions, concerts, festivals and every car trip between. On stage, their personal connection with traditional music is evident in their harmonic chemistry and casual banter. With a pair of complementary voices, a handcrafted fiddle, and a bevy of buttons and bellows, The Vox Hunters present a diverse collection of songs blended with an exciting repertoire of dance tunes, dance steps and other musical varia.

thevoxhunters.com


Audi and Peter Souza

Audi and Peter Souza

Audi and Peter have teamed up to make a very powerful duet who perform sea shanties, ballads and sea songs for festivals, dockside, vessel, public and school events, assisted living/nursing facilities and fundraiser benefits. They maintain a weekly shanty sing with fellow singers from Three Sheets to the Wind at the Dog Bar Pub, Gloucester, MA, Monday’s from 6 to 9 pm.


David Jones

David Jones

David Jones has been singing songs from the great days of sail on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 50 years. Originally from South East London, he has sung solo and with a number of groups, including The Starboard List, Poor Old Horse, and The Bermuda Quadrangle. He now sings at South Street Seaport in NYC, with The New York Packet. He has made several recordings that feature songs related to sea faring folks, and he has braved an Atlantic Crossing. It was on The Queen Mary, but the waves were big.


Nicole Singer

Nicole Singer

Nicole sings both traditional and non-traditional folk songs, specializing in maritime music shaped by her experience as a deckhand aboard the schooner Mystic Whaler and as an onboard educator for Clearwater. She recently released her first album, Long Hot Summer Days. Nicole is a co-founder and current organizer of Youth Traditional Song Weekend, a co-author of the CDSS Folk Sing Starter Kit (with Julia Friend), and the Chairwoman of Folk Music and Song sub-committee for NEFFA. She has led singing workshops at festivals, camps, schools, and colleges, and has sung at house concerts and local participatory sings from Baltimore to Boston and many places in between. She can sometimes be found singing aboard tall ships too. Nicole also enjoys dancing swing, lindy hop, Blues, contra, and squares. When she’s not singing and dancing, Nicole teaches visual art at an elementary school in Amherst, MA.

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John Roberts

John Roberts

British traditional folksinger John Roberts is perhaps best known for his continuing partnership with fellow Brit Tony Barrand, as well as their long-time seasonal program, Nowell Sing We Clear. But through the years John has always worked as a solo performer, with a repertoire that reflects the totality of the Anglo-American folk tradition. He particularly excels in the areas of English balladry and songs of the sea, and in this capacity is a well-known figure at maritime festivals across the US, where he makes his home. John accompanies himself on the banjo and concertina.


Castlebay

Castlebay

Castlebay treats an audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic as they interweave timeless songs, spritely dance tunes, and haunting airs inspired by the spirit of our rich nautical and Celtic heritage. Exuberant vocals are supported with Julia Lane's unique self-taught, award-winning Celtic harp style, and Fred Gosbee's expertise on 12-string guitar, violin and woodwinds. Their deep appreciation for the unique character of their home state of Maine, as well as the Celtic lands, Castlebay blends history, legend and experience into their personable performance style.

"What's Castlebay all about? -- Seafaring, the darkness and lightness of the coast of Maine, the rhythm of the tides" -- Peter Spectre, marine author

castlebay.net


Great Bay Sailor

Great Bay Sailor

Descendents of the wildly vocal High Pukka Flying Squad, Great Bay Sailor embarks upon its tenth outing with the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival. The band is composed of singers Bruce MacIntyre, Steve Carrigan, and Mike Blair, along with noted strings man Jim Prendergast. Guitar, bodhran and Irish whistle are also brought into their shows. With an extensive repertoire of maritime, Irish/Scottish and ol’ timey songs, the lads continue to bring their high-energy strings and harmonies to Festival audiences. The singers can be found many a Friday night at the legendary Press Room trad sessions, and collectively, have decades of experience singing with innumerable other groups. Take in the wash — here they come!

greatbaysailor.com


Two Old Friends

Two Old Friends

Two Old Friends, Jim Prendergast and Emery Hutchins, are musicians who play and sing a unique combination of Celtic, American country music, sea music and in their performances seek to show the connection between the genres. Emery is a well known performer of a variety of different styles of acoustic music; ranging from traditional Irish tunes to vintage American country music songs and sea shanties . Jim worked for thirty years in the recording studios and orchestra pits of Nashville TN. Jim now resides in NH and is an active participant in New England’s thriving Celtic/Folk music scene.

The music of the sea is an important part of the traditional music of the New England area. Emery and Jim are both New Englanders and feel that this genre is a part of their lives, and the lives of their families. These include shanties, ballads, and stories. Audience participation is always encouraged.

twooldfriends.com


London Julie

London Julie

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. With stories of female raiders and swashbucklers on ships and loving sweethearts waiting on shore, the women interweave their voices with the compelling melodies of banjo, cittern, and fiddle. London Julie will capture your heart with evocative ballads and powerful crowd-pleasing shanties that will have you finding your voice and singing like you've known the music forever.

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Mudhook

Seacoast residents Alan Eaton, Dave Hallowell, Mike Jeanneau and Peter Hale mix traditional shanties with instrumentals and contemporary songs of the sea in their quartet, Mudhook. Meeting at the popular Press Room trad sessions, these friends realized that their strong voices and musicianship would make a fine match. Among the four, they play two bouzoukis, three fiddles, four guitars, and the occasional bodhran, all while singing up a mighty storm. This is their tenth group appearance at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, though individual members have contributed to the Festival many times over the years.

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Tim Radford

Tim Radford

Tim Radford, originally from Hampshire, England and now living on Cape Cod, MA. is a life long traditional singer and dancer who has been performing since the 1960’s. His recordings from the George Gardiner collection, “Folk Songs from Hampshire”, from the Hammond Brothers collection, “Folk Songs from Dorset”, and his more recent recording of the entire repertoire of one of Gardiner’s sources, George Blake, “George Blake’s Legacy” and the even more recent set of Hampshire Maritime songs, “From Spithead Roads”, present a significant body of Southern English traditional music from the first decade of the twentieth century. Tim is also a life long Morris dancer and teacher and has founded a number of Morris teams, although his joints have now persuaded him to focus on his singing.

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