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SF's Chantey Sing Celebrates 30 Years of Traditional Sea Music On October 1

Black and white photo of people sitting in the hold of a wooden ship.
An evening chantey sing in the hold of the CA THAYER in 1989.
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News Release Date: August 15, 2011
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7049

SF's CHANTEY SING CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF TRADITIONAL SEA MUSIC ON OCTOBER 1. ENJOY FREE MUSIC ON HYDE STREET PIER 11:30AM TO 4:45PM. JOIN THE CHANTEY SING 8PM TO MIDNIGHT.

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park celebrates the 30th anniversary of its monthly chantey sing, with traditional sea music performed by Bay Area leading lights of sea music from 11:30am to 5pm at venues on Hyde Street Pier, and with an evening chantey sing aboard the ferry Eureka from 8pm to midnight.

Admission to daytime music, free. Admission to evening chantey sing free, but reservations required for the evening sing. Reservations: 415-561-7171, or peter_kasin@nps.gov.

Daytime performances by Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch / Shay Black / The Barbary Ghosts / Dick Holdstock / The Dogwatch Nautical Band / Salty Walt and the Rattlin' Ratlines / Sons of the Buccaners / Talitha Phillips/ Celeste Bernardo / David Lovine, and many others.

Since 1981, the monthly chantey sing has been a free-to-the-public singalong of chanteys and other songs of the sea. Led by a park ranger, all are welcome to lead songs, and sing along on the choruses to these compelling work songs of sailors, fishermen, oarsmen, and dock workers.

The monthly evening chantey sing has garnered "Best of the Bay" awards from the San Francisco Bay Guardian (1997, 2011), "Best of SF" awards from SF Weekly (2005, 2010), and a "Best of the Bay Area" award from San Francisco magazine(2005).  

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships ($5 admission fee for ships), Visitor Center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/safr.


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Did You Know?

Balclutha at Hyde Street Pier.

The 19th Century sailing ship Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, carried tons of coal during her career. Coal from Wales and Australia provided fuel for the West Coast's railroads, steamships, factories, businesses and homes.