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.