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Schooners & Crooners Free Concert

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 1830 Hours (6:30 PM)

On Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m., Schooners & Crooners, a free outdoor concert on Broadway Pier in Fells Point will feature Schoonertime, Inishowen, Letter of Marque and Tom Lewis.

Schoonertime is the bluegrass band from the schooner Martha White. Captain Bob Kay, First Mate Cherri Reese, Bob Hamlet and Elaine "The Boss" Hamlet combine their love of bluegrass music and sailing on old wooden ships. Schoonertime will be sailing to Baltimore aboard the Martha White from their home port of Chestertown, Maryland. When they sail, they go on "Schoonertime" — when the wind, rain, tide and the many breakdowns allow. The only thing fast on "Schoonertime" is bluegrass music! Schoonertime donates all proceeds to organizations working to save the Chesapeake Bay.

Inishowen, hailing from York, Pennsylvania, is the husband and wife team of Henry Cohen and Lynn Colgan Cohen, along with their good friends Ron Peters and Eileen Bozarth. They are known for proficiency, versatility in their music and great rapport with their audiences. Inishowen's repertoire is drawn primarily from the rich musical heritage of the seafaring nations — especially Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States.

Letter of Marque is a group of friends from the Baltimore-DC area who share a passion for maritime history and the music that comes out of that heritage. They celebrate the diversity of maritime music, from traditional chanties and forebitters, to more modern maritime songs. Their repertoire is also pulled from maritime traditions in ports both far and near — the British and American Navies; Irish and Scottish folk tunes; Canadian, Great Lakes, Erie Canal and Mississippi River watermen; and the Chesapeake Bay.

Tom Lewis, "widely acknowledged as North America's finest exponent of contemporary nautical songs" (Canadian Society for Traditional Music), brings to the stage wry humor, button accordion, ukulele, a great voice and his unique experience of more than 40 years bridging the sea-going and folk-singing communities. His repertoire — from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background — recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Now resident in Canada's Rocky Mountains, Tom was born in Northern Ireland and that Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty "to be heard above the gales". With songs that have become folk standards, known and sung wherever great choruses ring out, Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele, but it's his powerful vocal style and infectious humor — that quality of entertaining — which keeps audiences coming back again and again.

The public is encouraged to come to Fells Point early and take a stroll along the waterfront to see the schooners that have arrived before enjoying the concert.

View or print the Schooners & Crooners flyer.

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