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Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003

Peter Kasin 28 Feb 03 - 02:53 AM
Jon Bartlett 28 Feb 03 - 02:55 AM
Charley Noble 28 Feb 03 - 11:25 AM
mg 28 Feb 03 - 12:01 PM
GUEST,Chanteyranger 28 Feb 03 - 12:28 PM
GUEST,Mainbrace. 01 Mar 03 - 01:41 PM
Bat Goddess 02 Mar 03 - 01:47 PM
Mark Cohen 02 Mar 03 - 06:15 PM
Charley Noble 02 Mar 03 - 07:38 PM
Peter Kasin 03 Mar 03 - 05:59 PM
Charley Noble 03 Mar 03 - 06:03 PM
Peter Kasin 03 Mar 03 - 06:07 PM
Lyrical Lady 03 Mar 03 - 10:07 PM
Peter Kasin 04 Mar 03 - 12:23 AM
Melani 10 Mar 03 - 11:20 PM
Mark Cohen 11 Mar 03 - 01:19 AM
Peter Kasin 25 Mar 03 - 11:47 PM
GUEST,Chanteyranger 26 Mar 03 - 07:48 PM
Dave Swan 26 Mar 03 - 11:10 PM
Linda Mattson 27 Mar 03 - 04:48 PM
Charley Noble 27 Mar 03 - 05:34 PM
Coyote Breath 28 Mar 03 - 08:49 AM
Charley Noble 28 Mar 03 - 09:46 AM
GUEST,Chanteyranger 28 Mar 03 - 05:17 PM
Peter Kasin 11 Apr 03 - 12:28 AM
radriano 11 Apr 03 - 11:43 AM
Amos 11 Apr 03 - 06:54 PM
GUEST,Chanteyranger 11 Apr 03 - 07:41 PM
Dave Swan 12 Apr 03 - 12:50 PM
GUEST,Chanteyranger 12 Apr 03 - 01:16 PM
Joe Offer 12 Apr 03 - 11:12 PM
Melani 12 Apr 03 - 11:15 PM
Peter Kasin 14 Apr 03 - 02:01 PM
radriano 28 Apr 03 - 05:24 PM
Joe Offer 29 Apr 03 - 03:10 AM
radriano 29 Apr 03 - 11:01 AM
Charley Noble 29 Apr 03 - 04:37 PM
Peter Kasin 29 Apr 03 - 10:53 PM
Charley Noble 30 Apr 03 - 05:07 PM
Peter Kasin 30 Apr 03 - 11:09 PM
Dave Swan 03 May 03 - 11:29 AM
Joe Offer 03 May 03 - 09:10 PM
Charley Noble 04 May 03 - 01:54 PM
Melani 04 May 03 - 09:46 PM
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Melani 04 May 03 - 10:39 PM
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Subject: Sea Music Festival, San francisco
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 02:53 AM

After a hiatus, we're having another sea music festival on Hyde Street Pier at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Saturday, May 3, 10am-5pm. Admission by donation. Suggested donation: $5, sliding (or ascending!) scale. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. It really is by donation :-). Performing will be:

Louis Killen, John Roberts, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Jerry Bryant, Alasdair Fraser, Tommy Peoples, Brittany Haas, Holdstock and MacLeod, Carol Holdstock, Shay Black, Hank Cramer, Celeste Bernardo-Dunn, Richard Adrianowicz, Riggy Rackin, Oak, Ash and Thorn (Dave Swan's group), Kate Brubeck, Penny Boys, Mariide, Dogwatch Nautical Band, Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch, Sue Schmidt, Bruce Sherman, Kai Ben-Herschel, Don Clark and Michele Delattre, Steve Canright, and park ranger Kathy Daskal (kids programs).

There'll be two stages on the pier, plus kids concerts aboard the ferry Eureka, and workshops aboard the square-riger Balclutha. That night, we'll have our monthly chantey sing aboard ship. A good opportunity for Mudcatters to gather as well. Hope to see Catters there! PM me for more info.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San francisco
From: Jon Bartlett
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 02:55 AM

Oooh, Chanteyranger, I'm SO jealous! Hava great time and say hi to everyone.

Jon Bartlett


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San francisco
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 11:25 AM

Wouldn't I like to be there as well!

Well, looks like the parking lot skating rink out back is beginning to melt today.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San francisco
From: mg
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 12:01 PM

I'm jealous too. Know a few of the cast of characters. Sounds like great fun.

I'd be there in a flash packet if I weren't so broke.

mg


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San francisco
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 28 Feb 03 - 12:28 PM

Oops, forgot to mention David Lovine. Any Pacific NorthWest Catters might remember him as chanteyman aboard the Lady Washington.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: GUEST,Mainbrace.
Date: 01 Mar 03 - 01:41 PM

Sounds wonderfull! Give everyone our regards.......We'll raise a glass and a chorus orb two;Mike.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 02 Mar 03 - 01:47 PM

Boy would I like to be there -- and drag my sister in San Leandro along with me! Unfortunately, I'll be visiting Mom in Milwaukee right around that time, so I can't get a coupla thousand miles even further west from New Hampshah.

Say hi to Lou Killen, John Roberts and Jerry Bryant for us.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 02 Mar 03 - 06:15 PM

Going to try to make it, with my 8-year-old daughter: the kids' stage sold it for me. This should be wonderful! And the last time I was at a shanty sing on the Thayer was in 1984. (Are they still there?) Any suggestions for lodging for Friday and Saturday night?

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 02 Mar 03 - 07:38 PM

Mark-

The shanty sings were alive and well when I was visiting the Bay Area last summer. We decided to plunk for the Holiday Inn at Fisherman's Wharf which is somewhat pricey but very convenient to what were we intersted in seeing. I wonder if the Marriot workers are still on strike; they were a musical wonder in themselves.

You might scan my old thread "Charley Noble in Frisco" or whatever I called it if you're looking for hints on what's nearby to explore or re-explore.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 05:59 PM

Mark, maybe a local Catter can put you up? My place is too small, and I won't be around much that weekend, but hopefully something will come up. Any offers for Mark? If not, the Capri Motel, which is in the Marina district, not too far from the wharf, has very reasonable rates. Another alternative is to volunteer at the fest. Then, you and your daughter can sleep aboard ship on the premises and eat at the volunteer dinner before the chantey sing. As Charley noted, the chantey sings are still going. I'm the ranger who has been leading the sings since '96. You might remember the ranger in '84, Dave Nettell. The sings on festival night are always well attended and much fun. PM me if you'd like to volunteer with the music, helping at the venues. I'll connect you with the volunteer coordinator.

Hello, Mike! Bat Goddess, I'll be glad to pass on your greetings to the East coast/England contingent.

Chanteyranger

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 06:03 PM

Mark-

Just don't be surprised if you awake next morning miles out to sea, urged out of your hammock by bucho chantyranger!;~)

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 06:07 PM

Charley, shhhh......we never tell them that.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 03 Mar 03 - 10:07 PM

Chanteyranger are YOU my secret santa? I received a wonderful CD from my secret santa from the Bay Area ... and I've never be able to thank him because the packaging got thrown out in the trash...his initials were PK... can anybody help me here?

LL


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 04 Mar 03 - 12:23 AM

That's me, and you're very welcome! The CD is by the Mudcat's own Radriano (I play backup fiddle on track 2, and sing backup on several songs). I will let him know of your post. Thanks for your note, and I'm glad the gift was a good fit.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Melani
Date: 10 Mar 03 - 11:20 PM

Definitely sign on as a volunteer, Mark. It's the best gig in town, and your daughter will love sleeping on a ship!


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 11 Mar 03 - 01:19 AM

Damn...it's not going to work. San Francisco is just too far from L.A. I would do it if it were during my daughter's school vacation, but a 7-8 hour drive up and back, or an expensive flight with long airport delays, is a bit too much for a weekend. Sure sounds wonderful, though. Yes, I do remember Dave Nettel. Valentine Doyle took me along to a sing on the Thayer, and Dave was the ranger. I think he sang Larry Kaplan's "Old Zeb" ("Rosie get my Sunday shoes...").   Sounded extra special on board a schooner. That was a fine time. One of these days...

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 25 Mar 03 - 11:47 PM

Yikes, that is a long drive or flight for this one-day event. Old Zeb is one of Dave's big numbers, so it's a good bet your memory's right on that. Dave had led the monthly chantey sings from their beginnings as a park program in 1981 until he left the park in '89.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 07:48 PM

Here's the schedule. Website for the fest is www.nps.gov/safr/seafest.html.

10:00 - Breeches Buoy Demo on pier
10:00 -Pumps demo aboard Balclutha - Celeste Bernardo
10:30 - Capstan demo aboard Balclutha - Chantey singer to be determined
11:30 - Sailraise aboard Balclutha - Louis Killen

MID-PIER STAGE
11:30- Jerry Bryant
12:00 - Alasdair Fraser, Tommy Peoples, and Brittany Haas
1:00 - Shay Black
1:30 - John Roberts
2:00 - Holdstock and MacLeod
2:30 - Oak, Ash, and Thorn
3:00 - The Georgia Sea Island Singers
3:30 - Louis Killen
4:00-4:50 - All hands

DEMO AREA STAGE
11:00 - Mariide
11:30 - Celeste Bernardo
12:00 - Kai Ben-Herschel
12:30 - Hank Cramer
1:00 - Richard Adrianowicz
1:30 - Tommy Peoples
2:00 - Dogwatch Nautical Band
2:30 - Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch
3:00 - David Lovine
3:30 - Don Clark and Michele Delattre

ABOARD BALCLUTHA
12:00 - Songs of Emigration: Dick and Carol Holdstock, Allan MacLeod
1:00 - The Georgia Sea Island Singers
2:00 - Seafarer's Concertina: Louis Killen, John Roberts, Celeste Bernardo, Jerry Bryant, Riggy Rackin
3:00 - Songs of Love and Longing: Kate Brubeck, Penny Boys, Richard Adrianowicz, Sue Schmidt, Steve Canright

ABOARD C.A. THAYER: KIDS CONCERTS
12:30 - Kathy Daskal
1:00 - Dogwatch Nautical Band
1:30 - Kai Ben-Herschel
2:00 - Hank Cramer, Mariide, David Lovine

8pm-midnight - the monthly chantey sing. To reserve space at the chantey sing, just send an email to: peter_kasin@nps.gov, or call 415-556-6435.

It promises to be a great day! How about some kind of Mudcat gathering around the fest?

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Dave Swan
Date: 26 Mar 03 - 11:10 PM

I'll be there. But then you knew that. What I mean is that I'm in support of a 'cat gathering.

D


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Linda Mattson
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 04:48 PM

Chanteyranger, I'll be there! A Mudcat gathering would be great fun. Any ideas where to meet?

-Linda


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Mar 03 - 05:34 PM

Sure sounds like a whole lot of fun, but we'll be doing a benefit concert in Bath, Maine, in the church we used last year for our Roll & Go first recording.

Hopefully, we'll see some of you again when we're out in the Bay Area for another of my wife's meetings beginning 7/21.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 08:49 AM

Oh what a fun time! I haven't been on the Thayer (or the Balclutha) for a good long while! I will be in Maine, visiting my sister. But I'll send my daughters and granddaughter (and possibly a grandson) as surrogates. I think that Molly (the oldest daughter) would go just to hear Shay Black.

Way back when, I used to work for the City of San Francisco's Port Authority as a Building and Grounds patrolman. It was a fantastic gig and it allowed me to get to know the Embarcadero intimately. We had been hired to place the Harbor Police. I could bicycle from my flat on Green street to the Ferry Building where our offices were. Spend the "swing" shift walking through all the piers, jawing with the street people, chuckling at the "blue skinned" tourists, shivering in shorts and tee shirts, watching the fog and listening to the horns' concert. One day a week I worked from 4 pm to 8 am, double shift. Got to watch the Embarcadero come alive each thursday morning. The job evaporated with the passage of Proposition 13.

CB


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 09:46 AM

Coyote Breath- Well, if you're going to be in Maine, and if you're within an hour of Bath, you could attend our Roll & Go benefit concert on Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30 pm, at the Church of the New Jerusalem, corner of Middle and Winter streets. Should be fun. PM me if you'd like more details.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 28 Mar 03 - 05:17 PM

Flash Packet bulletin! Jerry Bryant will be the chanteyman for the 10:30am capstan demo aboard the Balclutha.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 12:28 AM

Here's the website for the festival, with performers bios and photos: www.nps,gov/safr/html.

Sorry, I can't make blue clickies from my computer.

The festival is only a few weeks away! Hope to see catters there. Why don't we meet at the evening chantey sing below deck of the C.A. Thayer at 7:30, one-half hour before the sing begins? Any other ideas?

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: radriano
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 11:43 AM

Here's a hyperlink (blue clickie) for the sea music festival:

SF Sea Music Festival

For those with a keen interest in Irish traditional fiddle there will be a workshop with Tommy Peoples the day after the festival. Here's some information on that:

Fiddle workshop with the great Tommy Peoples in San Francisco on May 4th . All levels welcome, limited space available. The cost is $50 per person. Tommy will teach from 3-5pm, followed by a session/potluck/party. Hosted by Richard Adrianowicz and Cait Reed at their home in the Inner Sunset. Contact Cait at caitreed@aol.com for details on where to mail the check to reserve your space and for directions. Visit Tommy's official Web site by going to Tommy Peoples.

Radriano


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Amos
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 06:54 PM

Well, I sent Barky an email alerting her to this thread -- I would love to see her get over to the shew...


A


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 11 Apr 03 - 07:41 PM

Thanks, Radriano. I made an ommission, anyway. It should read www.nps.gov/safr/seafest.html. Amos, we'd love to see YOU up this way then, if that's at all possible.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Dave Swan
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 12:50 PM

I'm up for an early meeting before the chantey sing. Usual place, in the basement of the boat up near the pointy end?

D


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 01:16 PM

Dave, you know better than that. The proper nautical terms are "downstairs" and the "front" of the ship. Jeez, I ought to throw you in the fourcassette for that. *BG*


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 11:12 PM

Gee, three stages, and Mudcat socializing to boot. How am I ever going to decide which ones to attend?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Melani
Date: 12 Apr 03 - 11:15 PM

Sounds good to me. I hope there's not too much water in the basement.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 14 Apr 03 - 02:01 PM

Buckets will be provided, Melani. Joe, many of the performers will be doing several sets, so if you miss someone in order to see someone else, there'll be another chance.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: radriano
Date: 28 Apr 03 - 05:24 PM

refresh please


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Joe Offer
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 03:10 AM

Anybody in San Francisco got space for my sleeping bag Saturday night?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: radriano
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 11:01 AM

Hey Joe, you know you're always welcome at my place.

Radriano


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 04:37 PM

Sigh! Wish I could make it. I will be paying you folks a short revisit from 7/21 to 7/27; anything scheduled or should we party?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 29 Apr 03 - 10:53 PM

A very late addition to the schedule is the Dead Horse Ceremony, which will take place aboard the Balclutha at 10:45am, right after the capstan demo. many, many thanks to Melani, who spent months sewing the dead horse, known as "Mr. Dead." Thanks to her good, hard, and steady volunteer work, the poor old horse is ready for the festival.

7:30pm is the time for the Mudcatters to meet and greet in the Thayer's hold, 1/2 before the chantey sing begins. Only a few more days til festival time.

Charley Noble, we'll MAKE something musical happen when you're in town.

Chanteyranger.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 05:07 PM

Chantyranger-

I'll be looking forward to seeing a good lot of you in July. What joy!

Do we see you in Mystic this June?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Peter Kasin
Date: 30 Apr 03 - 11:09 PM

Charley, I'll be there! Are there any plans you know of for a Miudcat meeting place at Mystic? See you there, and here in July.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Dave Swan
Date: 03 May 03 - 11:29 AM

I just had an e-mail from Chanteyranger saying that in case of rain all mid-pier stage shows will be moved to the passenger (upper) deck of ferryboat Eureka. See you there,

D


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 May 03 - 09:10 PM

Well, I got rained out. I got as far as Sacramento, and the driving was just too difficult. Hope you all had a good time. Chanteyranger said the weather was good all the time there was music - but it sure wasn't good on the highway between here and San Francisco. Darn.
I'm really disappointed. I whas hoping to get an answer to one of my life-long questions: Which one is John Roberts?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 04 May 03 - 01:54 PM

Probably, they're all still singing away. Who would sleep when there's such a genial crowd.

Some survivor really should post a "blow, ye boys, blow" description of what transpired. I mean that why we're here, you swabs, leaning on our keyboards staring at this screen!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Melani
Date: 04 May 03 - 09:46 PM

Well, Charlie, from my own rather limited perspective--Alasdair Fraser, Brittany Haas and Tommy Peoples managed to play all my favorite tunes, one after the other. That was the set I was really waiting for, and it was worth the wait. I'm told the Georgia Sea Island Singers stole the show--I was forced by circumstance to miss their sets, but they also came to the chantey sing, and they were incredible.

I was especially pleased to see Hank Cramer, David Lovine, and Mariide, who are among my favorites--they did a kid concert together, which was fun. I also caught part of radriano's set--terrific as usual.

I heard that across the Bay in Oakland, it rained so hard there were three inches of water running in the street, but after early morning, the rain actually went around the Park, and it was downright hot at one point. I guess our "Sun Dance" must have worked.

I'm told plans are already in the works to do it again next year, so it looks like a good time was had by all. Chanteyranger can probably give you a more coherent blow-by-blow.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Dave Swan
Date: 04 May 03 - 10:03 PM

Home in one piece. As usual Chanteyranger put on one hell of an event. Great places to play, great acts brought together, outstanding food and drink, and a huge chantey session at the end of it all.

My only gripe is that I couldn't make it around to see everyone else who played aboard Balclutha, at the mid-pier stage, or at the entrance to the park.

We were lucky enough to appear on the mid pier stage between Holdstock and MacLoed and the Georgia Sea Island Singers. What a treat.

M'cats Radriano, RiGGy, Chanteyranger, and Melani held forth on stages and at the chantey session. It's likely that others were there and I missed them as there was so much going on.

My favorite memory of the day is the final event on the mid pier stage
where all the acts showed up to sing together. Faking harmonies and hanging out with Lou Killen and John Roberts (who annoy each other on stage like a couple of nine year olds) is as much fun as you can imagine. We were very lucky.

John Roberts has been a big influence on Oak Ash & Thorn over the years, and though the partners knew him of old, this was our first meeting. It wasn't long before we were laughing, singing, and elbowing each other in the ribs. Great guy.

It was a great day and we're lucky to have been there. Thanks to Chanteyranger and everyone who worked so hard to make this a huge success. Come see it next year. The left coast knows about chanteys too.

D


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 200
From: Melani
Date: 04 May 03 - 10:39 PM

A non-musical highlight--the breeches buoy demonstration, featuring Mudcatter Bill R on the lines, along with several others. For those that don't know, a breeches buoy is a lifering with a pair of canvas pants sewn into it, suspended from a line (several, actually) running from the "sinking" C.A. Thayer to the beach. Volunteer coordinator Sue Schmidt (also a featured performer at the Festival) was rescued from the raging surf of Aquatic Park by climbing into the canvas pants and riding the line down to the beach. I think she made it ashore fairly dry, but they did manage to dunk a couple of volunteers who followed, to the delight of all.


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 05 May 03 - 08:11 AM

What joy!

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: GUEST,ClaireBear
Date: 05 May 03 - 01:50 PM

Chanteyranger, thanks for a wonderful festival! That rendition of "Pay Me My Money Down" will be a quiet chuckle for many years to come, and I have a host of other happy memories too. Great work!

Claire


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: radriano
Date: 06 May 03 - 01:37 PM

It was a great Sea Music Festival this year, although every time the Georgia Sea Island Singers performed I was performing elswhere myself. I did get to see them at the Shanty Sing in the evening albeit it briefly - they had to leave fairly early. I did get to meet them and chat briefly when they arrived in San Francisco.

John Roberts is always a pleasure. He comes up with the most amazing songs. Equally amazing was the last song at the concertina workshop when Louis Killen sang "Pleasant and Delightful" to the accompaniment of five concertinas (Louis Killen, John Roberts, Celeste Bernardo, Jerry Bryant, & Riggy Rackin). New to me were Jerry Bryant and Hank Cramer. Jerry gave a lovely performance on the main stage even though the microphones were not working for roughly the first half of his set. Jerry was the shanty singer for the capstan demonstration aboard Balclutha and he has recorded a CD of songs mentioned in the O'Brien books. Hank's singing was equally good. It was a pleasure to meet both performers.

I enjoyed the "Fiddle Summit" concert with Alasdair Fraser, Tommy Peoples, and Brittany Haas very much. It was great to see Celeste Bernardo again. I can't hear "Johnny Comes Down to Hilo" without thinking of her singing it. And, of course, it's always a pleasure and an honor to sing with all the great local musicians: Dick and Carol Holdstock, Holdstock & MacLeod, Riggy Rackin, Steve Canright, Sue Schmidt, Kate Brubeck, Penny Boys, Shay Black, Oak,Ash,& Thorn, the Dogwatch Nautical Bank, Skip Henderson & the Starboard Watch, David Lovine, Jim Nelson, Kathy Daskal, Melani, Sarah.

The weather was great. It started out a very rainy day that cleared up beautifully as the festival progressed. The only downer was trudging to my car after the shanty sing to find my battery dead. Had to call the Auto Club for a jump but they actually came very quickly


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Subject: RE: Sea Music Festival, San Francisco - May 3, 2003
From: Charley Noble
Date: 06 May 03 - 05:37 PM

I seem to remember Hank Cramer as one of the Victory Sings Songs of the Sea collective out of greater Seattle; he had a fine robust voice on their CD.

Jerry Bryant is another Maine Native and a fine songwriter, who occasionally indulges in outrageous parodies and flights of fancy.

Did did anyone lead any C. Fox Smith sea poems as songs? John Roberts is rumored to be working on some.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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