The recent ShantyTok phenomenon has raised awareness of sailor songs to unprecedented levels, showcasing popular views of this once-obscure music. Craig Edwards will reveal the secret true history and uses of the maritime work songs called “chanteys” based on the most recent scholarship, as well as performing instrumental music and songs of merchant and naval sailors, whalers, and fishermen- music that tells fascinating stories about their work and lives.
Craig Edwards is a Wesleyan University-trained ethnomusicologist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and musical historian who began working as a staff musician at Mystic Seaport Museum in 1984. He has thirty-five years of experience demonstrating the use of song in coordinating shipboard tasks and has served as Director of Mystic Seaport’s Sea Music Festival and moderator of the Annual Symposium of Music and the Sea.
We are pleased to co-sponsor this ZOOM program with National Maritime Historical Society.
Please note updated time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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