Maritime Minstrels and Sailors’ Chanteys with The Rum Soaked Crooks and The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus at
Highfield Hall & Gardens
Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 4:30-7:00 pm
FALMOUTH, MA—Highfield Hall & Gardens will host a “Dogwatch on a Summer Evening” — a festive program of maritime minstrels and sailors’ chanteys on Saturday, August 24 from 4:30-7:00 pm. Guests will step back into the era of sailing ships and join performers and fellow sailors on the “dogwatch” — a time to relax on deck, to yarn, joke, create fancy knotwork, carve scrimshaw, play instruments, dance, and sing.
The Rum Soaked Crooks and The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus will lead this spirited maritime adventure.
The Rum Soaked Crooks — Tom Goux, Jacek Sulanowski, Dan Lanier, and Iain Geddes — will hold a musical dogwatch featuring a varied program of traditional, contemporary, and original maritime material. The musical voyage includes salty songs, diaphanous ditties, and roiling recitations, collected from many ports of call. “The Crooks” are known for their robust harmonies and lively instrumentals — concertina, guitar, ukulele, accordion, fiddle, whistle, and percussion. Entertainers, researchers, and historical interpreters, the “Crooks” have been delighting audiences in New England and beyond for more than three decades.
The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, 35 singers and instrumentalists from across the region, presents the chanteys or works songs from the Yankee whaler and sailor, along with ballads and ditties of global mariners and fisherfolk. This year’s program pays tribute to New England’s musical and poetic ties to Old England with tunes first heard in the 17th and 18th centuries. Celebrating its nineteenth year, the chorus supports the rebuilding of the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey by telling her story through song.
Guests are encouraged to arrive early to view Highfield’s current art exhibit: Unbound: Contemporary Rope Art. And, from 10 am – 2 pm, Martin Casey, retired rigger and blacksmith, will demonstrate and teach the art of knotting.
This exhibit defines “rope” loosely as “any cord or strands of fibers united by being twisted, braided, or threaded together.” Marcia Young, publisher of Fiber Art Now, has brought together the work of twenty artists from around the country who have found unlimited expression in this seemingly ordinary medium. Together, they have created a collection that is distinguished by contrasting materials and scale. Pieces include a knot that would fit into a child’s palm and a needle-laced scene viewed with a magnifying glass. Two-dimensional pieces, majestic room-sized installations, and interactive garden sculptures command an entirely different perspective.
Tickets are $30/$20 for Highfield members and include the concert and the art exhibit. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit highfieldhall.org or call 508.495.1878. Highfield Hall & Gardens is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.
Highfield Hall & Gardens, a restored 1878 mansion and estate, is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth, MA. Surrounded by spectacular gardens and woodlands, Highfield hosts art exhibitions, music concerts, culinary classes, festivals, family events, and public programs. The mansion is open to visitors six days a week from April 15-October 31 and year-round for programs and functions. Admission is $8; Seniors $5; Members, Children under 12 and active military personnel are free. Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m. Closed Mondays except holidays. For information, call (508) 495-1878 or visit highfieldhall.org.