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Bob Walser - Songs of Sea and Shore
Custom House Maritime Museum
New London, CT
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One of the world's leading experts on traditional music of the sea, Bob Walser, presents a concert of shanties and sailors' songs, pub songs, ballads, and songs with great choruses that invite everyone to participate: 'Songs of Sea and Shore', on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 PM, at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

Tickets are $25, $20 for New London Maritime Society members, $15 for children ages 14 and younger. In addition to the concert, wine, coffee and desserts will be served.

Musician, scholar and educator Bob Walser's musical career spans decades and continents. In the early 1980s he made his living as a shantyman(!) at Mystic Seaport. Now based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he has presented folk music and dance programs as an artist-in-residence in schools across the USA, and performed as a singer, dance leader and dance musician from Maine to California and overseas.

As a scholar, Bob earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. Since 2002 he has worked with an international team of scholars on the James Madison Carpenter folksong collection in a project based at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has three CDs on The Old and New Tradition label to his credit, as well as guest appearances on another dozen recordings in the US, France and England.  

In 2012 Bob led a special project which restored the long-lost Dreg Songs (oyster fishing rowing songs) to their home waters of the Firth of Forth after over 100 years. In the nineteenth century, Scotsmen fished for oysters in the Firth of Forth by dragging dredges over the oyster 'scalps'. To maintain a steady speed they sang as they rowed. Overfishing brought the industry to a close near the turn of the twentieth century and with it, the use of the dreg songs. In the 1930s James Madison Carpenter gathered some of these songs on wax cylinders and typewritten pages. For years the songs were hidden away - lost. With the work of the James Madison Carpenter Project these songs came back to life in their home waters of the Firth.

It will be a rousing evening of stories and traditional maritime songs. See you at the Custom House!


The Mission of the New London Maritime Society (NLMS) is to protect and preserve New London's U.S. Custom House, three area lighthouses, and Long Island Sound, and to promote, preserve, and interpret the rich maritime life & history of the port of New London and the surrounding region through museum exhibitions, educational programs, and preservation initiatives.
Wednesday May 13, 2015 7:00 PM - Wednesday May 13, 2015 9:00 PM | $15.00 - $25.00


Custom House Maritime Museum (View)
150 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Custom Houae Maritime Museum - New London Maritime Society
On BPT Since: May 19, 2014

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