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Performers – 2016

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


Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are songster revivalists, performing a variety of field hollers, fiddle and banjo breakdowns, early jazz and hokum that has delighted audiences in concerts and workshops nationwide for the past three years. Their tours serve as an extension of their work as teachers and community organizers in their home of Seattle, Washington. With their unique integration of performance, education and modern-day folklore, the duo is redefining the role of a songster for the 21st century. In January of 2016, they released their second album and earned 1st place in the International Blues Challenge’s solo/duo category. This will be Ben & Joe’s first appearance at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival.

www.benjoemusic.com


Emery Hutchins

Emery Hutchins

Over the centuries, immigrants from the British Isles have come to the Americas bringing with them their musical styles and tastes as well as their instruments. Emery Hutchins uses the concertina, bodhran, guitar, and banjo to play traditional tunes and songs from Ireland, the mountains and the sea. He performs American country music in the way it was conceived in the early twentieth century and demonstrates how these tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the Irish but influenced by other cultural and ethnic groups to create an original American sound. Emery was a member of the popular Angel Band (NH), currently tours with Two Old Friends, and has been part of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival family since 2001.

www.twooldfriends.com


London Julie

London Julie

Ever wonder what the women were doing while the men left to sail the unforgiving sea? Returning for their fifth year, London Julie traverses a vast repertoire of maritime songs from the woman’s perspective. Ramona Connelly, Carol Coronis, Justine Donovan and Susan Young bring their harmonies and instrumental magic to the ensemble from musical backgrounds that include Celtic, Middle Eastern, American Roots & gospel. With stories of pirate queens, cross-dressing sailors and loving sweethearts waiting on shore, the women interweave their voices with the compelling melodies of fiddle, whistle and cittern. The Julies will take you from traditional to contemporary; from evocative ballads to powerful crowd-pleasing shanties that will have you finding your voice and dancing like no one is watching.

www.facebook.com/LndnJulie


Chris Maden Chris Maden

Chris Maden has been singing and playing a variety of instruments since early childhood. A native New Englander, he was lured to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco seeking dot-com plunder, but was instead shanghaied into the seedy world of sea music by a bunch of pirates from Providence, and became a regular at the chantey sings at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. He eventually escaped from exile and moved to Portsmouth in 2008, arriving at the Press Room shortly before that year's Maritime Festival. Since then, he has been pursuing maritime and traditional music more seriously and has been a most welcome singer at the monthly shanty and forebitter Press Room sessions. He has temporarily gone back into exile, currently in Champaign, IL; this will be his sixth appearance at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival.

www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Maden/435252463183653


Mudhook

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.

www.mudhook.net


Nick Noble

Nick Noble

Nick Noble has been a loyal supporter of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival since 2010. An award-winning radio host, his weekly Folk Revival program on WICN (Worcester Public Radio) has featured many of the performers who have appeared at the Festival and in the regular Press Room trad and maritime sessions. Nick also sings, both as a solo artist and with his ever-changing band, Wolfpen. While he has been a volunteer and a host at previous Festivals, this year he will both perform and host in the Book & Bar Sunday afternoon feature, “Nick Noble and Friends.”


Michael O'Leary

Michael O’Leary

Michael O’Leary is a singer of traditional Celtic and maritime songs and ballads. A native of the Midwest, for the past 28 years he has breathed in the sea air of Cape Ann, MA, and some sea songs along with it! Michael hosts “sailing seisiuns” aboard the schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester, and has worked in the Lannon’s education enrichment program for the past 16 years. He co-hosts a regular Cape Ann Celtic music session, and hosts occasional Fiddlin’ in the Fo’c’s’le sessions on schooner Adventure in Gloucester. Michael has performed at numerous Irish and folk festivals and venues in the greater Boston area, and considers himself fortunate to have studied traditional Irish singing with, among others, Frank Harte, Andy Irvine, and Niamh Parsons.

www.gimmesound.com/MichaelOLeary


The Press Gang

The Press Gang

The Press Gang perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music, and for their humorous stage presence. As American performers in the Irish tradition, accordionist Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, and guitarist Owen Marshall bring a unique perspective to the music. They intersperse their repertoire of Irish melodies with related tunes from Quebec, Scotland, and Appalachia, and some fine New England waltzes. They temper their many creative arrangements with a musical sense of adventure, making each show spontaneous and fresh.

www.pressgangmusic.com


Tim Radford

Tim Radford

Tim Radford is an English born unaccompanied singer who has been living on Cape Cod since 1996. A long time Morris dancer, teacher and leader, whose joints finally failed him some years ago, so he went back to his first love of singing. He gave up singing bookings for a number of years while dancing, as it took up so much of his time. However, he has been singing traditional music for over 40 years and specializes in songs of the South of England, particularly from Hampshire where he was born. Tim has three CDs available with one, From Spithead Roads, dedicated to sea songs collected in his home county.

soundcloud.com/tim-radford/tracks


Chris Roe

Chris Roe

Seattle traditional singer and instrumentalist Chris Roe has been entertaining audiences in the Pacific Northwest since 1983. She was a founding member of the all-female chantey band Broadside, who has toured the west coast from Victoria to San Diego. Her strong interest in traditional music has led her through many a repertoire — songs from the US, Scotland, Ireland, England, France, and French-speaking Canada with a few original compositions for good measure. A concertina and button accordion player, she has joined talents over the years with a wide variety of other musicians, playing for dances as well as for listening audiences. Presiding over her own monthly pub sing for four years and facilitating other song sessions for well over 15 years, she has helped to foster participatory singing in the Seattle area, and she takes great pleasure and pride at uniting people in song.

folkhosts.com/ChrisRoe


Ken Schatz

Ken Schatz

A powerful singer and arranger of traditional/roots music - sea songs and chanteys, gospel, blues, ballads, and worksongs - Ken Schatz performs regularly at folk music clubs, festivals, and concert venues. His singing credits include concert performances and teaching workshops on both coasts of the US, as well as in the Netherlands and the UK. Ken has also designed vocal scores for several theater projects, including B.H. Barry’s production of Treasure Island. He has performed with world-renowned musicians, including Tom Paxton, Karan Casey and Solas, Gordon Bok, Jean Ritchie, Martin Carthy, Utah Phillips, and Liam Clancy. Ken is a renowned acting teacher and coach, actor, and director, and the host of Exceedingly Good Song Night in New York City. His first solo CD, Rowdy Soul, is near release and he is pleased to be part of PMFF for the fifth time.

www.kenschatz.com


Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

A familiar presence on the folk scene since the mid-seventies as an energetic harmonica and banjo player, singer, and workshop leader, Ken Sweeney took up the English concertina in 1983. He has been sharing his techniques in traditional Irish tunes, and song accompaniment at such events as The Northeast Squeeze-In, NEFFA, and the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport Museum in his native CT since 1989 (when he also joined the museum’s chantey staff). His playing can be heard on Tapping The Tradition, his instrumental CD of New England contradance tunes. PMFF is happy to welcome Ken back this year for his seventh visit.

kensweeney.webs.com/


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/


Jeff Warner

Jeff Warner

One of the festival’s original producers, Jeff Warner has been present at 15 of the 16 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festivals. A singer of traditional American and English folk songs, he tours annually in Great Britain, and is a frequent contributor to Humanities-To-Go, the NH Humanities Council’s touring program. Jeff’s musical range covers lumbering songs from the American Northeast, maritime songs from the UK and US, banjo tunes, 18th-century New England hymns, early 20th-century gospel, play-party games, pocket instruments, concertina tunes and more. His anecdotes and back-stories to the songs delight and enlighten audiences of all ages... and his fancy-dancing limberjack doll is a crowd-pleaser every time!

www.jeffwarner.com


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