Thirsty Whalers return to Sail, Power and Steam

Jun 19, 2014
Bob Stuart, left, and Nikos Apollonio

Rockland — Two veterans of Camden's gone-but-not-forgotten Thirsty Whale Tavern will resurrect the feel and some of the songs from that venerable 30-years-ago landmark in a concert Friday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum at Sharp's Point South, 75 Mechanic St.

Bob Stuart and Nikos Apollonio have an extensive repertoire of chanteys and ballads that are typical of the times at the old pub. Add in a smattering of music hall type foolish songs and many of Stuart's excellent compositions, and the concert will present a lot of pizzazz and variety.

Stuart hails originally from New York but has lived in coastal Maine for nearly 40 years. His songs are a collection of thoughtful and highly chorus songs, chanteys, seasonal ballads and forebitters, many of which would have been sung on sailing vessels in the 1800s ,either as work songs or ballads based on sailors' lives.

Apollonio is a local guitarmaker who started the work 50 years ago and has made instruments for such notables as Gordon Bok, Noel Paul Stookey, Judy Collins and Brian McNeill of Scotland's Battlefield Band. His main instruments are five-string fiddle and cittern, a popular instrument for the 1700s with 10 strings, that he has developed and modernized for mainly Celtic songs and tunes. He has made four CDs, both solo and as a member of the 1990s quartet Any Monday.

Admission is $12 at the door; reservations can be made by calling 701-7627. For more information on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum and its programs, call; email sailpowersteammuseum@gmail.com; or visit sharpspointsouth.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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