Sea songs, chanteys at Sail, Power & Steam

Jul 13, 2018
Photo by: Mary Hughes Geoff Kaufman

Rockland — On the day the Friendship Sloop regatta sails into Penobscot Bay, Connecticut-based folksinger Geoff Kaufman will perform old and new maritime folksongs and sea chanteys evocative of the days when Maine-built Friendship sloops were the iconic working boats of the Gulf of Maine.

Kaufman will bring his powerful chantey-man’s voice, guitar and concertina to a Rockland Folk Arts concert Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St.

Admission is $15 ($12 members of the museum) at the door (cash/check only). Doors will open at 7 p.m. There is plenty of free parking at the museum.

Whether singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter; singing environmental songs on board the sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Kaufman has entertained and touched audiences near and far. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit — all of these are in musical ditty bag. At the core of Kaufman's performance are his rich tenor voice and an exuberant love of singing — and a big part of that love is to entice audiences to sing along.

Concert details can be found on Rockland Folk Arts’ Facebook page. The all-volunteer collaborative is dedicated to presenting live folk music in Midcoast Maine. The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum is a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) educational organization founded and maintained by Capt. Jim Sharp and his wife Meg. This concert is part of a series sponsored at the museum by the two organizations.

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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