• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

NATIONAL PARK 25TH ANNUAL SEA MUSIC CONCERT SERIES CELEBRATES OUR SEAFARING HERITAGE

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Date: August 16, 2013
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

San Francisco Maritime National historical Park celebrates the 25th season of the nation’s longest-running concert series of its kind with three concerts featuring some of the world’s finest performers of seafaring songs. Experience the driving rhythms of shipboard work songs, and the beauty of ballads and instrumentals, aboard the 1886 Glasgow-built sailing ship Balclutha.

All concerts are held aboard Balclutha, berthed at Hyde Street Pier on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Tickets: $14 general, $12 San Francisco Maritime National Park Association members. Season ticket: All three concerts for $36 (general and member).

Ticket information: 415-561-6662, ext. 21, or hnielsen@maritime.org. Website, with photos of the performers at http://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/seamusicconcert2013.htm

Brian Peters. Saturday, September 28, 8pm  $14 general, $12 members. Ticket information: 415-561-6662, ext. 21, or hnielsen@maritime.org.

Brian Peters is one of England’s most accomplished performers of traditional folk songs and instrumental music. Accompanying himself on concertina, Brian has toured Britain, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada, and has a number of recordings to his credit.

Serre l’Ecoute. Saturday, October 26, 8pm  $14 general, $12 members. Ticket information: 415-561-6662, ext. 21, or hnielsen@maritime.org.

This trio from Quebec’s capital, Robert and Gabrielle Bouthillier, and Liette Remon, sing centuries-old songs of seafarers and seafaring communities. Their stunning harmonies have wowed audiences at sea music festivals and concerts in Canada, Europe, and the USA. 

John Roberts and Debra Cowan. Saturday, November 16 8pm $14 general, $12 members. Ticket information; 415-561-6662, ext. 21, or hnielsen@maritime.org.

On tour from the East Coast, and accompanying themselves on guitar and concertina, John and Debra sing traditional and contemporary songs from across the English speaking world. Known on both sides of the Atlantic as solo performers, they have teamed up as a touring duo since 2009.

 

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Did You Know?

A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...