We are thrilled to announce the return of our Sea Music Festival on August 17, 2024!

The San Francisco Sea Music Festival will be a lively day of free sea music and festivities, bringing the whole waterfront to life. Set against the picturesque backdrop of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Fisherman’s Wharf, this exciting event will feature multiple stages at Aquatic Park, the Crab Wheel Plaza, and more. We will be celebrating sea music traditions from around the world and offering a diverse lineup of music and dance performances. Join us for a music-filled day, honoring the spirit of the sea!

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Featuring:

  • Special Guest: Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band
  • Liz Carroll
  • The Johnson Girls
  • Ron and Natalie Daise
  • Manilatown Ancestral Ensemble
  • Shay Black
  • Peter Kasin
  • Patrick Landeza & Sons
  • Brass Farthing
  • The Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company
  • Riggy Rackin
  • Richard Adrianowicz
  • Susan Walsh
  • Tom Lewis
  • DíaPaSón
  • Holdstock, Clegg and Pratt
  • The King Tide Band
  • Sons of the Buccaneers
  • Dave Nettell
  • Kathryn Daskal
  • Amelia Hogan and friends
  • Maureen Brennan
  • Chris Koldewey
  • Talitha Aho
  • Christa Burch
  • Richard Mandel
  • Wayne Palsson and Jean Geiger
  • More details and performers to be announced soon…

 

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Performer bios:

Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band

We are excited to announce that special guest Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band will be joining us for the San Francisco Sea Music Festival!
Maria Muldaur, referred to as the “Mermaid of The Blues,” is best known world-wide for her 1973 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations. Her deep love and respect for the ocean, swimming, and all things maritime led her to reach out to us to be a part of of the festivities.
In the 51 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 43 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idioms, Blues and what she calls “Bluesiana”- a gumbo of New Orleans flavored Blues, R&B, and “Swamp Funk.” Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammys and other awards.

Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll is an Irish fiddler, composer, and recording artist. She is a National Heritage Fellow, the first Irish-American musician to be nominated for a Grammy, and the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland’s most significant traditional music prize. She has toured as a solo artist and with The Green Fields of America, the group Trian, as the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle, String Sisters, and as a duo with guitarist and pianist Jake Charron. Featured on fourteen albums and appearing on many more, her duet album with Jake Charron, Half Day Road, was released in February of 2019. 

In 2020 Liz published a new book of recent compositions following the sold-out success of Collected – Original Irish Tunes in 2010.

Liz was born in Chicago, Illinois, of Irish parents, and is proud that she was presented with a 2019 Artist Fellowship Award by the State of Illinois in Ethnic and Folk Arts and was recently inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame.

Ron and Natalie Daise

Ron and Natalie Daise, from South Carolina, are writers, actors, educators, and internationally renowned TV performers. They have presented storytelling, music, history, and lectures about Gullah heritage, faith, and creativity at museums, theaters, conferences, and educational institutions across the country. From 1994-1998 Ron and Natalie Daise starred in Nick Jr.’s award-winning “Gullah Gullah Island.” They were nominees for two NAACP Image Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award. Ron and Natalie are recipients of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest honor, and a State of Carolina Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art that has enriched the lives of people in their community and state. Ron and Natalie have performed with local San Francisco chantey singers and musicians at venues including Festival of the Sea and Mystic Seaport Music Festival.

Tom Lewis

As winner of the inaugural “Trophée Stan Hugill”, French fans dub Tom “The Springsteen of Sea Chanteys.” Old Songs Festival (Altamont NY) declares “This man knows the sea … from the bottom up!“, whilst Living Tradition (UK) says “Although I always knew he was good, I was not quite prepared for HOW good.” 24 years in the British Royal Navy, “provides him with that vitally authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song” Living Tradition.

Tom’s repertoire—from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background—recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Born in Northern Ireland, Tom’s Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty “to be heard above the gales.”

With songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out; Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it’s that powerful vocal style and infectious humour—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again … and again.

Manilatown Ancestral Ensemble

This dynamic ensemble presents the pre-colonial music, dance, and attire traditions of Mindanao, Southern Philippines and Kalinga, Northern Philippines. All trained in the traditional manner by indigenous Philippine culture bearers, the Manilatown Ancestral musicians and dancers take pride in introducing audiences to the joyful and unifying power of tribal Philippine polyrhythmic percussion music, song and dance.

The Johnson Girls

Internationally acclaimed The Johnson Girls have been a force on the folk and maritime music scene since 1997 as the leading all-woman, a cappella maritime group in the world. Believing that sea chanteys and sea songs were the first real “World Music,” Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha know how to serve up a chantey in salty and authentic style that will leave you longing for the age of sail. Whether performing chanteys with hair-raising harmonies or sharing tender ballads at national or international festivals, coffeehouses or libraries, The Johnson Girls remain true to their mission of keeping chantey singing alive, bringing women’s voices to the fore, and sweeping their audiences along in a tidal fervor.

DíaPaSón

DíaPaSón is a music ensemble specializing in Mexican music traditions, especially son jarocho. DíaPaSón artists are active in the rich sonero community of the Bay Area and have studied the son art form with internationally renowned master artists from Mexico who often perform in its programs and collaborate in their projects. The ensemble has appeared on national and international stages and is under the directorship of María de la Rosa.

Each experience of DíaPaSón is a polyrhythmic delight of lyric and melodic improvisation. Voices accompanied by primarily stringed and percussive handcrafted instruments of natural materials create a dynamic, rustic sound that tells ancient and modern tales of love, courtship, happiness and the beauties of life as well as injustice, loss, and death. Hundreds of years old, the son jarocho is a living, contemporary art form that continues to evolve with time and under the influences of trans-cultural exchange and inter- generational dialogue.

Brass Farthing

Brass Farthing is a company of vocal-centric musicians whose catalog spans five centuries. From folk music of the British Isles and America, to rousing music hall and drinking songs, their catalog carries familiar tunes from yesteryear, as well as original compositions reminiscent of days gone by.

Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company

The Flying Angels Chinese Dance Company celebrates over 30 years, entertaining audiences and communities throughout the Bay Area. They are a company of dancers who love to entertain, educate and excite their audiences with their performances. Experience their passion for Chinese dance and Asian Heritage, reflected in their colorful presentation of traditional, contemporary and original dance choreography. Their dancers will ignite your creativity and inspire you!

Riggy Rackin

In the mid-’70s Riggy Rackin was asked to be part of an ambitious bicentennial production by the Cambridge, Massachusetts Proposition Theatre. The goal was to weave entries from actual ships’ logs and traditional whaling songs into a true-to-life dramatic presentation. Riggy found the music, taught the actors how to sing in an authentic style, served as Music Director, and provided concertina accompaniment. The Whale Show succeeded to considerable acclaim, and they toured the show in New York and throughout New England.

Shay Black

Shay Black, a renowned songcatcher and musician originally from Dublin, Ireland, has established himself as a prominent figure in Irish, English, Scottish, and sea music traditions. After relocating to Berkeley from Liverpool in 1994, where he had spent two decades, Shay immersed himself in the folk music scene. He collaborated with notable figures like author and song collector Stan Hugill and the renowned sea shanty group Stormalong John. Shay is a key member of Ireland’s Black Family, performing alongside his siblings Michael, Martin, Frances, and Mary Black. When Shay performs, his music creates a sheer celebration of singing, always welcoming audience participation. His infectious humor, wit, and unalloyed joy in singing make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long!

Patrick Landeza & Sons

Two-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner (Hawaiian GRAMMY), Patrick Landeza returns to the San Francisco Sea Music Festival 2024. Patrick Landeza & Sons features Justin Firmeza on Hawaiian steel guitar and keyboard along with the newest addition to the band, son Danny Landeza.

A native Hawaiian who was born and raised on the continent, Patrick Landeza found his roots in the music shared with him by his mother, Frances Kawaipūloʻu Kuakini OʻSullivan Landeza. The songs that she taught him, were songs that she learned growing up in Hoʻolehua, Molokaʻi. The music filled cultural gaps left by his childhood in California, providing him with a firm foundation upon which he built his musical career. The music he grew up listening to sparked an interest in the traditional art of slack-key, connecting Patrick with some of kī hōʻalu’s most legendary names: Cyril Pahinui, Raymond Kāne, George Kuo, and Dennis Kamakahi. Under their tutelage, the network of roots that his mother had carefully established grew and Patrick’s style of music became firmly rooted in slack-key.

Holdstock, Clegg and Pratt

Dick Holdstock will join with Aaron Clegg and Travis Pratt for this year’s sea music festival. Together these talented singers will present sea songs and shanties in a way that invites every audience to sing along. All those within hearing distance will feel compelled to join the chorus, feeling the energy rush that sailors need to complete the difficult tasks on board square-rigged ships.

Travis Pratt, part of the Bay Area’s folk-music-loving Pratt family, has sung sea songs and shanties all his life. Aaron Clegg has singlehandedly built a great following of his songs-of-the-sea sessions over recent years in Santa Cruz.

Dick Holdstock has performed music of the sea for years at music festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. A sea-song session with Holdstock, Clegg and Pratt is just the ticket for a great shanty experience!

Chris Koldewey

Chris Koldewey has been singing folk music and sea music in particular since his early teens.  He comes from a family rich in maritime traditions, and from an early age was exposed to a wide variety of folk music. Chris primarily performs US and British traditional music, and the approach to many of those songs includes their historical and social perspectives and background.  The songs may range from the “sublime to the ridiculous.”

Chris has had a long association with the Chantey Department at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.  Two of his most memorable experiences were to Chantey up the anchor on board the Barque Picton Castle during his three week stint on board her during the summer of 2009, and to crew and Chantey on board of the Charles W. Morgan – the only wooden whaler left in the world – in the summer of 2014.

Whether he is giving concerts or leading workshops, Chris enjoys the participation of those with him in keeping musical traditions alive.

 

Peter Kasin

Susan Walsh

Susan Walsh has been a singer her entire life, mostly performing for family and friends. About 17 years ago, she began to perform publicly at music camps (Lark in the Morning), and at pub sessions all over the world from Berkeley, to Paris, to London.

She follows her roots singing Irish songs…ballads and emigration songs, along with Folk and American Roots music. She tells stories of people’s lives, loves, and losses through the songs she chooses to sing. They touch her heart, and she hopes they touch yours too.

King Tide Band

The King Tide Band is composed of Doug Closson, Ozzy (Joe) Osborne, Ruup, Linda Andersen and Nick Winkworth. Doug Closson, a bay area-based singer-songwriter had the good fortune to know and perform with Skip Hendersen in the early 80’s and again with the Starboard Watch at Quinn’s Lighthouse on the Oakland Waterfront for fourteen plus any good years.

More recently Doug and Ozzy Osborne, a music educator and performer based out of Alameda, teamed up to form The King Tide Band to continue the tradition of performing quality Maritime music (along with other ditties) in the Bay Area. They have performed at the San Francisco Maritime Museum’s Chantey Sings with violist Linda Andersen livening up the vibe. Linda is an accomplished, classically trained violist. She has performed as principal and section violist in a number of nationally recognized orchestras and has also contributed to San Francisco based Argonne Jazz Jam in addition to her current stint with the King Tide Band. Ruup (one word name, like Sting) brings his haunting pennywhistle melodies direct from County Dublin, Ireland by way of 3 decades performing with Skip Henderson’s Starboard Watch and the Sons of the Buccaneers. His inspired playing evokes images of leafy green, damp woodlands and frolicsome Fair Folk. He himself has a subtle music air about him, as though he only exists in the corner of one’s eye. Nick Winkworth provides the band’s warm and driving bass guitar sound.

Maureen Brennan

Wayne Palsson and Jean Geiger

Wayne Palsson and Jean Geiger host the monthly Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing in Seattle at Lake Union Park.  They also lead the local maritime band Strikes A Bell and participate in the many maritime music events in the Pacific Northwest including the Northwest Folklife Festival, the Tumbleweed Festival, and the Port Gamble Music Festival to name a few.  Wayne and Jean regularly participate in the international Zoom sing hosted through the San Francisco National Maritime Park Association every month.  Jean is an accomplished musician playing in contra dance and Scandinavian dance bands in Washington State and hosts her own FolkMix show though Mixcloud.

More performer bios and details coming soon.