Traditional and current songs of the shore and sea.

Member of: Joy Bennett & Chris Koldewey (also group contact), Mystic Seaport Chantey Singers
ERASETHISkoldeweyc AT yahoo DOT com
Scheduled to appear at NEFFA 2024:
Maritime Ballads: Context from ContentP Saturday April 20, 6:00pm to 6:50pm, [Show on Grid]
Context from Content in Maritime Music – Chris Koldewey - Deciphering "clues" that were left for us in the work songs and ballads of 19th and early 20th C maritime trades and folksongs. We’ll look at singing the songs that might contain obscure, or confusing references and terms, and explore potential meanings and definitions in order to sing them with more intent and understanding. Although some chanteys may be used, the sources will be largely from the “non-work song” maritime themed ballads and songs.
Sea Chanteys - How Were They Used?P Sunday April 21, 11:00am to 11:50am, [Show on Grid]
Ever wonder just how those old sea chanteys were used during the age of sail? Join Chris in singing and “virtual” demonstration of the working of a 19th century square-rigged sailing vessel, and the specific songs that helped get the jobs done together and more easily. By use of a Powerpoint demonstration, and Chris’ knowledge gained after a 20-year association as Chanteyman with the demonstration squad of Mystic Seaport Museum and sailing square-riggers, participants will “sail” a 19th century vessel through Cyberspace, singing as we go. In addition to the songs themselves, we’ll learn how the form, pace, and style changed depending on their specific use. We’ll learn about shipboard life aboard a 19th C square-rigger as well as some of the “rituals” that included their own songs.

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