Sea Music Festival: September 12, 2015

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Sea Music Festival performers and audience on Hyde Street Pier.


This summer we'll celebrate another long-standing maritime tradition with the Sea Music Festival at Hyde Street Pier. Be sure to join us for a day of heartfelt singing and sweet instrumentals from a talented crew of local musicians and nationally-renowned performers. Join us for a day and evening of traditional music from around the world.

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9:30am-5:00pm.

Where: From two stages on Hyde Street Pier, and onboard the historic vessels Balclutha and Eureka.

Admission: Hyde Street Pier and Visitor Center, free. Boarding fees for the historic vessels: Adults, $5, ages 15 and under, free. Free with National Park passes. For more Information call 415-447-5000.

Performers include: Mick Moloney & Dana Lyn, The Johnson Girls, Holdstock & Macleod, Shay Black, Canciones Del Mar, American Center of Philippine Arts, Patrick Landeza, A Thousand Years At Sea, Dogwatch Nautical Band, Simon Spalding, Dan Milner, Salty Walt, Soraya Parker, Talitha Phillips & Michael Aho, Richard Adrianowicz, Riggy Rackin, Joan Wilson Rueter, Jeremy Friedenthal, Valerie Rose, Jason Pollack & Kyle Alden, Kathy Daskal, Billy Higgins, Erin Rose Conner, Dave Nettell, Autumn Rhodes, Ed Silberman, and Stephen Canright.


Sea Music Festival Schedule: Download this PDF(56KB) document to find out what time and on what stage the performances will be happening. If you can, print it out and bring it with you. See you on September 12, 2015!


There will be a chantey sing on the pier after the festival from 7:30 - 9:30pm. The event is free but reservations are required. To reserve, call 415-561-7171 or send an email.


A man seated on a chair holding a banjo next to a woman seated on a chair holding a fiddle and bow.
Mick Moloney and Dana Lyn

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Mick Moloney combines the careers of professional musician, folklorist, musicologist, teacher and arts presenter and advocate. In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. He performs a wide range of songs from the Irish and Irish American experience and is one of the foremost tenor banjo and mandolin players in Irish music.

Dana Lyn is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed at a wide range of venues nationwide including New York's Beacon Theater, Carnegie and Town Halls, as well as Saturday Night Live and the Conan O’Brien Show. Dana also has an extensive background playing traditional Irish music and was featured in two documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland. She is also a composer, receiving commissions from a variety of musicians.

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The Johnson Girls

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The Johnson Girls have been a force on the folk and maritime music scene for almost two decades as the leading all-woman, a cappella maritime group in the world. Believing that sea chanteys and sea songs were the first real “World Music”, Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha each bring a special influence to the group.

Whether performing at packed international folk festivals, intimate venues, or presenting school and library programs, The Johnson Girls remain true to their mission of keeping chantey singing alive, bringing women’s voices to the fore, and encouraging everyone to join in the revelry. Widely acclaimed for their powerhouse performances of rousing work songs, sensitive renderings of haunting ballads and laments, and hair-raising harmonies, they sweep their audiences along in a tidal fervor. The Johnson Girls recently released their fourth CD, On Deck & Below (Folk Legacy Records).
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Shay Black

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Shay Black is an avid song catcher, musician and singer and is known for his extensive knowledge of songs and music from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, as well as songs and shanties from sea faring traditions. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he moved in 1994 to Berkeley, CA from Liverpool, where he had lived for the previous twenty years. While in Liverpool, he toured and recorded with Irish band Garva, the illustrious Stan Hugill and the fabled sea shanty group Stormalong John.

When Shay performs, his music creates a sheer celebration of singing which he generously shares with his audience. The material is quintessentially Irish, ranging from traditional to humorous to new songs. His time touring and recording with Stan Hugill gave him a love of sea music and shanties. He always welcomes audience participation, and his infectious humor, wit, and unalloyed joy in singing make it difficult for anyone to remain a spectator for long!

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Dogwatch Nautical Band

Dogwatch Nautical Band

The Dogwatch Nautical Band has been heaving, hauling, and belaying around the San Francisco Bay since 1978, when they got their start singing sea chanteys, foc'sle songs, and playing dance tunes for the early days of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Without straying too far from their roots, the Dogwatch sound has evolved over the years to include river boat songs, ballads, and even a spirited New Orleans funeral procession.

Dogwatch is regularly featured at the Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo, and at venues including Crab Cove, Quinn's Lighthouse, and High Street Station in their home port of Alameda.

Dogwatch is always delighted to make port at Hyde Street Pier, whether it be for the Sea Music Festival, the monthly chantey sings, or warming up the youngsters for Cap'n Claus when they help celebrate Christmas at Sea.

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American Center of Philippine Arts

American Center of Philippine Arts

American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) was co-founded in 2009 by Herna Cruz-Louie and Jay Loyola to provide young people the opportunity to learn about Philippine history and culture through dance, music and the arts. ACPA strives to nurture both traditional and progressive Philippine arts to strengthen the Pilipino community and ethnic identity by offering ongoing classes, workshops, and collaborating with artists and organizations who share ACPA's vision. The Students Enriched in Education & Dance (S.E.E.D.) Youth Program provides traditionally-based Philippine folk dance instruction year-round in Oakland and Brentwood, California.

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Jeremy Friedenthal

Jeremy Friedenthal

Jeremy Friedenthal is known by his friends for his strongly recognizable energy, style and trumpeting baritone. His style is heavily influenced by maritime traditions, pub songs and ballads from the Celtic and British traditions, as well as local San Francisco and California historical themes. Jeremy loves a balance of jaunty songs as well as deep, dark ballads of longing and loss. As he sings, he wholeheartedly encourages listeners to participate and sing along. He is a long-time contributor to the park monthly chantey sings as well as a street performer at renaissance faires and local pubs.

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Erin Rose Conner

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Erin Rose Conner started singing traditional songs of the British Isles in the streets of Renaissance Faire in the 1980s. Now she tells the stories of our time in songs written in traditional style. A street singer in the truest sense of the word, she has busked from San Francisco to Dublin and back again in pursuit of new music and new experiences. One bodhrán, one clear voice, and stories that span the ages.

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Kyle Alden, Valerie Rose, and Jason Pollack

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Valerie Rose, Jason Pollack and Kyle Alden
If you want to hear high-energy, compelling Irish/Celtic traditional music and song, look no further than the trio of Valerie Rose, Jason Pollack and Kyle Alden. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, all three are excellent instrumentalists (Valerie on fiddle, Jason on flute, Kyle mainly on guitar), as well as accomplished singers.

They have all individually toured throughout northern California and beyond, and can be heard on many different recordings with different groups and as solo artists. The tunes they play are primarily from the Irish tradition but include other Celtic lands such as Scotland and Cape Breton. The songs they sing span from old Irish and Scottish Gaelic to sea chanteys and folk originals.

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Canciones del Mar

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Canciones del Mar (Songs of the Sea) features an all star ensemble of some of the Bay Area’s best musicians singing songs about the sea, boats, love, and life, drawn from the folkloric and popular music traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Their repertoire draws from countries and traditions across Latin America -- from Argentina to Mexico to Cuba, and includes original songs inspired by the sea. Curated by saxophonist and composer Charlie Gurke, and featuring Diana Gameros, voice and guitar; Jose Roberto Hernandez, voice and guitar; and Edgardo Cambon, voice and percussion.

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Walter Askew

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Walter Askew, known for his powerful voice and authentic style, has been featured at Mystic Sea Music Festival and the Chicago Maritime Festival as well as performing internationally in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands. Named "San Francisco's Favorite Sea Chantey Band" with his group Salty Walt & The Rattlin' Ratlines he performs locally at all kinds of events. (From Burning Man fundraisers to the long running traditional British Christmas celebration at the Pelican Inn.) Walter's love of history and traditional culture has led him to work at historical sites on both coasts including San Francisco Maritime and sail on vessels such as the Hawaiian Chieftain, Kalmar Nyckel, and the Alma teaching and singing as he goes.

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Autumn Rhodes

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Autumn Rhodes grew up surrounded by Irish music in the house. She took up the tin whistle at age 12, and soon after started playing Irish flute, concertina, uilleann pipes, and bouzouki. She started to play professionally at age 13 or so, and went on to win gold medals in several Midwest Fleadhs through the years on flute, tin whistle, concertina, lilting, and English & Irish language singing.

She has toured throughout the U.S. with bands such as Soltré, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Míra, Meitheal, The Colleens, The Wrenboys, Kilty Town, The Jammy Dodgers, and The Emperor Norton Ceili Band. She has played in duos with multi-instrumentalists Julie Henigan and harpist and singer, Susan Mashiyama. She has also performed with Irish dance troupes such as Éireforce, Kaleidoscope, and Celtic Fire. These days, she splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Indiana, playing with a number of Irish and old time American bands.

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Dick Holdstock and Allan Macleod

Holdstock and Macleod

Holdstock and Macleod are still enthusiastically performing together after 30 years. Dick and Allan perform authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands of England and Scotland. Captivating audiences from coast to coast, they trade off on guitar and mandolin for accompanying their songs, as well as singing without accompaniment. Hearing their music is always a memorable event and an extraordinary glimpse into a not so distant maritime past. New insights into history and old customs are revealed through their songs.

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Joan Wilson Rueter

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Joan Wilson Rueter, hailing from the Great Lakes region, spent her teenage years playing in punk bands before heeding the call of the Pacific Ocean and heading west. She fell in love with the button accordion after receiving one as a gift from a sailor friend, and in 2008 co-founded the San Francisco-based sea music band The Barbary Ghosts. Joan also sings and plays fiddle in the Americana folk trio Whiskey and Women. With Whiskey and Women and the Ghosts, she has toured extensively in Europe and the US, playing everywhere from rural village pubs to major festivals. Her passion for history and love of folk music have inspired Joan to amass a sizable mental catalog of old songs, that give a timeless sensitivity to Joan’s original music.

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Riggy Rackin

Riggy Rackin

Riggy Rackin cut his traditional music teeth in New York's Greenwich Village at a tender age. Since traveling to England in the early 1970s, he has accompanied his own singing with an English concertina, and has done so for several Sea Music luminaries on their recordings, as well.

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A Thousand Years At Sea

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With A Thousand Years at Sea, Rock & Roll collides with Celtic-Americana in an electrifying mash-up of worlds you haven’t heard anywhere else. Be prepared to witness a Springsteen song expertly blended with an original fiddle tune or a brand new original song crafted around a centuries-old traditional tune from the Scottish Highlands. It’s new, it’s different, and you don’t want to miss it.

Fiddlers, guitarists, singers, and songwriters, Colin Cotter and Ethan Lewis do it all – and they do it in high-energy, passionate performances where they hold nothing back and lay all their cards on the table. They are joined on this musical adventure by groove-master Isaac James on djembe and drum kit.

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Richard Adrianowicz

Richard Adrianowicz

Richard Adrianowicz has been involved in folk music since the 1970s, when he moved to California from Chicago. He performed with a number of bands, notably "Out of the Rain," recording two cassette tapes with them. The band was active from 1980 to 1996, performing songs of Ireland, Scotland, England and America in the San Francisco Bay Area. When the group disbanded Richard decided to concentrate on nautical music and started attending the chantey sings at Hyde Street Pier. In 2000 he recorded a solo chantey CD, "Time Ashore is Over." Richard has performed at Mystic Seaport, Hyde Street Pier, and the Shanty Retreat run by Hank Cramer in Washington. Last year he gave a lecture/demonstration on chantey singing for a folklore class at Stanford University. Richard has also appeared at the Chicago Maritime Festival in 2011 as a guest performer.

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Talitha Phillips and Michael Aho

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Talitha Phillips and Michael Aho met on the Balclutha in 2010, and have been busily singing together ever since. They recently announced their engagement, and have taken to singing seafaring love songs, but still keep up their repertoire of chanteys and ballads as well. They are founding members of the chantey band Month's Advance.

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Simon Spalding

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Simon Spalding grew up just a few blocks from Hyde Street Pier in North Beach, and performed with his parents at the Playhouse and Interplayers Theaters in the 1960s. He played with the Barbary Tars and Dogwatch Nautical Band (a founding member) in the 1970s. He has performed at maritime festivals on the East Coast (Mystic Seaport's Festival of the Sea, Norfolk Harborfest) and at festivals in Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Poland. Simon has sailed on schooners, a sloop, a brig, a barque, and crossed the Atlantic and Baltic under sail aboard s/y Zawisza Czarny. He lives in New Bern, North Carolina and will be playing fiddle, banjo, Chinese erhu, and Tahitian ukulele at the festival.

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Kathryn Daskal

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Kathryn Daskal - Supervisory Park Ranger/Alcatraz and former San Francisco Maritime NHP Ranger. I have always loved to sing - camp songs, folk songs, rock and roll, gospel, Broadway musicals! As a park ranger for 26 years with the National Park Service I constantly seek opportunities to sing on government time! After many years of Home on the Range, This Land is Your Land, and All Gods Critters Got a Place in the Choir at Grand Canyon National Park campfire programs, I was drawn to the glorious sea music of SF Maritime NHP. Under the direction of chantey ranger extraordinaire Peter Kasin, I explored maritime history through the fascinating musical portal of sea chantey tradition (and even led a few monthly chantey sings along the way!)

I am now the Supervisory Park Ranger on Alcatraz Island (Golden Gate National Recreation Area) and look forward to exploring the role music has played in the history of prisons, prisoners, and penitence.

Billy Higgins

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Billy Higgins is thrilled to be joining the Sea Music Festival line up this year. A native of San Francisco, Billy spent his summers as a graduate school student sailing as a deckhand and top-man aboard the Baltimore clipper, Lynx. As a working sailor, Billy educated the public off Nova Scotia, through the waters of New England and the Mid-Atlantic, and all five Great Lakes, sailing with the American Tall Ship Association’s fleet to ports of call throughout Canada and the United States. Currently based in the Bay Area, he crews aboard scow schooner Alma whenever he can. Billy has managed to source most of the music in his repertoire from traditionally practicing mariners he has met in his travels.

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Patrick Landeza

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Patrick Kahakauwila Kamaholelani Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, is still high after receiving Hawaiian music’s highest honor two years ago, the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win this prestigious award. Landeza is a Hawaii Music Award winner and was also awarded Listen for Life's "Musician of the Heart Award" earlier this year. Listen for Life was the organization that produced a world music concert for peace at NY's Carnegie Hall which Patrick was a part of.

A musician, composer, author and producer, Patrick is a leading exponent of ki ho’alu, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened – or “slacked” – their guitar strings for a lower, more resonant sound. Born and raised in Berkeley to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Patrick is not only one of the top slack key performers around, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and California – he plays, in his words, “traditional Hawaiian music with a Berkeley twist.” Patrick currently wrote a children's book entitled "Danny's Hawaiian Journey", a book that speaks about cultural identity. Landeza teaches at Moreau Catholic High School, Hayward, and continues to tour and give lessons when not in school.


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