Photo/Working Waterfront Festival

Photo/Working Waterfront Festival

The Working Waterfront Festival, now in it s 9th year, is holding a Festival Sampler on Friday, September 27, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Theater in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The $10 ticket helps support the free Festival. Seating is limited; tickets will be sold at the door, with advance tickets available through the Festival website.

The free festival, a family-friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry

Designed to whet the appetite of Festival goers, the evening will feature songs, stories and poetry presented by 10 performers who hail from fishing communities in Newfoundland, New England, Alaska and the Chesapeake Bay: Anita Best (traditional songs and stories from Newfoundland), Calico Jack (music and poetry celebrating the people, places and history of the Chesapeake), Janice Marshall (parodies drawn from a life in the Maryland crab fishery), Daisy Nell & Captain Stan (traditional and original songs about the seafaring heritage of Essex, MA), Jon Campbell (original poetry and songs about commercial fishing and coastal communities), Jon Broderick, Jay Speakman, and Dave Densmore (poetry and songs about the Alaskan fishing industry). In addition, a retrospective slide show chronicling the first 9 years of the event will be shown.

As always, the Festival brings together a unique array of music, storytelling, and poetry. Performances include traditional sea chanteys and music reflecting the fishing industry’s ethnic diversity as well as songs, stories, and poetry about commercial fishing and the sea often performed by musicians who work in the industry. In addition to the performers taking part in the Friday concert, the Festival line up includes: Sharks Come Cruisin’ (sea chantey punk), Joao Cerilo & Pilon Batuku (Cape Verdean funana and batuk), Ana Vinagre (Portuguese fado), SAMspill (Norwegian music), Souls of the Sea (folk-rock), New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus. Songwriters Michael Troy and Joanne Doherty, and poet Charlotte Enoksen will also perform. Performer bios and a full festival schedule are available on the festival website.

The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA, a non-profit organization. The free festival, a family-friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, films, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, America’s #1 fishing port, on the last full weekend in September.

For more information go to the Working Waterfront Festival’s website by CLICKING HERE.

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