The Whateverly Brothers will lead the Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing on June 14 at 8 pm, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at 1215 Thomas Street in Seattle. The church basement there has great acoustics and lots of room. The May sing at the Center for Wooden Boats had 112 people in attendance, many of them standing, so it will be nice to have a location where everyone can sit down.
The Whateverly Brothers are a lot of fun, and know a lot of sea songs, including some original songs by Matthew Moeller, and some that Chris Glanister wrote with Mary Garvey. Dan Robert’s deep voice rounds out the three-part harmony.
The July sing will be on a special date, not the second Friday. It will be Friday, July 5, at 7:30 pm. This is the day that the Adventuress comes in for the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. The sing will be on the Adventuress, and on the dock alongside her at Lake Union Park. Only a certain number of people are allowed on board by Coast Guard regulations, so get there early if you want a space on the boat. There will plenty of room on the dock for those who arrive later. The sing will have a special start time, at 7:30 pm, so we can finish before dark. Leading the sing will be Broadside and the Handsome Cabin Boys.
Olympia Chantey Sing
The Budd Bay Shanty Sing in Olympia will be June 2 from 7 to 9 pm at Boston Harbor Marina if the weather is good. If not, the sing will retreat to “storm quarters” at Apollo Pizza & Pasta (2302 Harrison Ave NW). The following sing will be July 7. Call 360-866-4296 for more information.
Port Townsend Shanty Sing
Helen Gilbert will lead the Port Townsend Sea Shanty Song Circle and Sing-Along on June 6 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Uptown Community Center.
On July 4, Mark Olson will lead the sing at the Cotton Building on Water Street. The theme will be “Singin’ Shanties Aboard American Tall Ships”.
Richland Shanty Sing
The Second Saturday Sea Song Singing Session in Richland will be June 8 at 7 pm at Round Table Pizza on 1435 George Washington Way. The next month, it will be July 13.
The Whateverly Brothers
Besides leading the Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing on June 14, The Whateverly Brothers will perform at several locations in June and July.
On June 1, they will play at the Kingston Farmers Market, next to the ferry terminal, from 10 am to 2 pm.
On July 4, they’ll be at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival in Seattle. More later in this column about music at that event
On July 11, they will appear at Hazel Miller Plaza in Edmonds.
Maritime Music at the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
Besides the Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing on the Adventuress on July 5, there will be music throughout the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival from July 4 to 7, with sound by Chris Glanister’s Pilgrim Media Services. A good portion of the music will be maritime-related. So far, most of the music is not booked yet, but tentatively includes Piper Stock Hill, Tyler Morgan, Watch the Sky, Allan Hirsh, Time and Tide, and The Whateverly Brothers. There will be a Shanty Showcase, like there was last year, with a group of Northwest chantey musicians taking turns leading songs. Check the July issue of the Victory Review for more information.
Hank Cramer will be at the Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores on June 1
On June 5, he’ll play at Lower Columbia College in Longview, with Songs and Stories of the Oregon Trail.
On June 14, he’ll perform a house concert in Tacoma. For reservations and directions, call 253 761-7673.
On June 16, he’ll play Sunday Afternoon Live! in Raymond, Washington. He will be performing as a quartet with Davey Hakala (fiddle), Mark Iler (tenor guitar), and Rob Thran (bass, hammered dulcimer).
Shifty SailorsThe Shifty Sailors have an extensive West Coast Tour in June.
But first, they’ll perform at Cap Sante Marina for the Anacortes Waterfront Festival on June 1 at 1:30 pm.
On June 7 (not June 14 as announced last month) they’ll kick off their Summer Tour, with the first show of the tour at the Coupeville Rec Hall, at 7:30 pm.
Then from June 21 to June 30 they launch into their West Coast Summer Tour:
June 21 – Westport, WA
June 22– Astoria & Newport, OR
June 23 – Coos Bay, OR
June 24 – Crescent City, CA
June 25 & 26 – San Francisco, CA
June 27 – Santa Cruz, CA
June 28 – Monterey, CA
June 29– Medford, OR
On June 8, Brownsmead Flats will play an Anniversary Party at Granny Patti’s Trading Post at 42232 Kylester Lane in Knappa, Oregon.
On June 29, they’ll perform at the Trolley 100th birthday party at the Astoria Railroad Depot from 3-5 pm. That’s located on Marine Drive near the Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon. Admission will be free at this event, too.
On July 7, at 11:00 am, they will be at the Astoria Sunday Market on 14th Street. No charge for this one either.
On July 10, they’ll play a free Concert in the Park from 6-7:30 pm, at Lindstrom Park near 6th and Niagra Streets in Astoria.
On July 14 from 1-4 pm, they will perform a free outdoor gazebo concert in the park for Summerfest in downtown Long Beach, Washington.
Piper Stock Hill in a Double Bill with Watch The Sky!On June 23, Piper Stock Hill will join Watch the Sky at the ‘2013 Music in the Sculpture Garden Summer Concert Series’ at the History House of Greater Seattle in Fremont, from 2- 4 pm. There’s a wonderful little outdoor venue tucked into the History House entranceway. The event is free for all ages.
Watch the Sky will also play a concert at Rhapsody in Bloom in Tacoma on June 26.
On June 22, Cannery Underground will perform at Anderson’s Store on Guemes Island from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. That’s just a short ferry ride from Anacortes.
Tugboat Bromberg will play at Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze in Westport, Washington between June 21 and 23. His pirate persona is a great match for this event.
The Return of Pint & Dale!After touring the East Coast for a year or more, Pint & Dale will return to Seattle with a show at The Couth Buzzard on July 13 at 7:30 pm. They have been missed.
Early Warning: Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival
Bookings have been announced for the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival on August 10. Tania Opland and Mike Freeman will bring a maritime slant to their diverse world music. Spanaway Bay will be once again provide announcements and music between sets. The Whateverly Brothers will bring their laughs and three-part harmony. A group from Bainbridge Island, Time and Tide, is new to many of us, but is rumored to have some good vocals. Tyler Morgan is probably also going to perform at this afternoon of free music, in a great outdoor location.
Northwest Maritime Songs: The Tugboat Captain
The lyrics to The Tugboat Captain were written by Mary Garvey, about tugboats on the lower Columbia River. The music was written collectively by the group Watch the Sky! – Jan Elliot-Glanister, Chris Glanister, and Joe Wagner. The song was recorded on the CD Northwest Tugboat Tales.
The name ‘Knutsen’ reflects the strong influence of Scandinavians in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the maritime industry. But instead of giving these lyrics a jaunty, Scandinavian-style tune, Watch the Sky has written a minor-key Celtic melody which captures the brooding atmosphere of the fog-ridden lower Columbia. Although the Native Americans of the Northwest did not historically play whistle or flute, the whistle and drum parts on this piece somehow draw one into the past of the landscape, evoking the power of the river and the mystery of the foggy, tree-covered shores.
Simpson operates lumber and pulp mills in Western Washington, and Foss has one of the largest fleets of tugboats on the West Coast. Both of these industrial giants were originally family owned. Nearly all the Foss tugs are named for members of the Foss family, descendants of Thea Foss. (Regardless of the last name of the family member, the tugboat is given the last name ‘Foss’.)
‘The tugboat is small, but the engine is large’
Although larger tugboats may be over 100 feet long, they are still small compared to the loads they move. A tugboat has been described as ‘an engine with a hull around it.’ On any tug, the engine takes most of the space, and crew quarters are minimal and efficient.
Watch the song lyrics on the Tales From the Bar CD for references to coffee. Long before latte stands could be found on nearly every street corner in Seattle, coffee was as essential on Northwest tugboats as the diesel that fuels the engines.
THE TUGBOAT CAPTAIN
Lyrics by Mary GarveyMusic by Watch the Sky! (Jan Elliot-Glanister, Chris Glanister, Joe Wagner)At the end of the day there is no one so snug
As Captain Knutsen in his warm little tug
With a fresh pot of coffee he’ll pour you a mug
Oh, Captain Knutsen in his warm little tug
For towing your logs or pushing your barge
He’s a man who is worth whatever he’ll charge
The tugboat is small but the engine is large
He’s a man who is worth whatever he’ll charge
Try as he will he just can not explain
How he does what he does in the wind and the rain
Never tipping a load never twisting a chain
He does what he does in the wind and the rain
In this neck of the woods made of cedar and moss
The tugboat is king but the river is boss
It don’t care if your name should be Simpson or Foss
The tugboat is king but the river is boss
The lanterns are gleaming the cables are tight
And as long as the foghorns still blast in the night
You’ll know that this part of the world is all right
As long as the foghorns still blast in the night
Alice Winship has been promoting maritime music events as an unpaid volunteer for various non-profit organizations, and generally advocating the cause of Northwest nautical music and maritime preservation, since 1996. She is the president of Maritime Folknet, a new non-profit organization devoted to encouraging maritime culture, especially music.
Victory Review MagazineAlice Winship, Brownsmead Flats, Budd Bay Shanty Sing, Cannery Underground, Hank Cramer, Maritime, Maritime Musings, Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing, Piper Stock Hill, Port Gamble, Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival, Port Townsend, Port Townsend Sea Shanty Song Circle and Sing-Along, Richland Shanty Sing, Shifty Sailors, Spanaway Bay, The Whateverly Brothers, Tugboat Bromberg, Watch the Sky, Wooden Boat Festival
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