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Sea Music Duo Perform Concert Aboard 1886 Sailing Ship At National Park

A man and woman seated next to each other and the man is holding a concertina and the woman is holding a guitar.
John Roberts and Debra Cowan
Roberts and Cowan

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News Release Date: October 28, 2013
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

Sea Music Duo Perform Concert Aboard 1886 Sailing Ship At National Park

What: John Roberts and Debra Cowan sea music concert, accompanying themselves on concertina and guitar, performing old and new songs from American and British seafaring traditions.

When: Saturday, November 16, 8pm to 10pm.

Where: Aboard the historic 1886 Glasgow-built ship Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Tickets: $14 general, $12 members. Tickets and information: 415-561-6662, ext. 21, or hnielsen@maritime.org.

Website with photos and bios:


The 25th annual Sea Music Concert Series at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park concludes with two great singers performing together. Acclaimed solo performers John Roberts and Debra Cowan have teamed up to present a program of old and new songs of seafarers and seafaring communities. John Roberts, accompanying on concertina, has a longstanding reputation as one of the finest performers to emerge from England’s folk music revival. Debra Cowan, an East Coast singer and guitar player originally from California, brings a fine voice, expert guitar accompaniment, and a deep knowledge of traditional American songs to every performance. Together they present a compelling program, with fine musicianship, warmth, and humor.

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