Beyond being America’s oldest seaport, Adventure’s home port of Gloucester, MA is also a vibrant artistic community that has nurtured and inspired renowned visual artists, poets, and musicians throughout the centuries. Songs Beneath the Spars unites Gloucester’s unique cultural history with Adventure’s crucial mission to educate on maritime, cultural, and environmental issues, and to restore and preserve her for future generations’ love of the sea. Held aboard Adventure, while she is docked in her historic home port, Songs Beneath the Spars features talented singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond whose original music and live performances have earned them local, regional, and international acclaim.
A National Historic Landmark, the Schooner Adventure is among the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners, the last of the “Gloucestermen”. An icon of the American fisheries and a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education, Adventure is an invaluable, living monument to our fishing and maritime heritage, both in Massachusetts and America as a whole.
All concerts are held aboard the Adventure as she is docked at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA. Concerts run from 7-9pm. Tickets are $20/$15 for Adventure members.
About The Artists:
Allen Estes May 29, 2016 Get Tickets
A Cape Ann favorite whose songwriting has earned him co-writes with such illustrious songwriters as Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, and David Mallett, and whose dynamic live performance has earned him opening slots for such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, J. Geils (and many, many more), Allen Estes is a local treasure who is not to be missed. Combining a full, rich voice with exceptional fingerpicking skills and honest, elegant songwriting, Estes masterfully mixes country, folk, and blues in his songs. Learn more at allenestes.com.
3rian King & Nathan Cohen – June 26, 2016 Get Tickets
3rian King (voice, keys, guitar) and Nathan Cohen (violin, trumpet) are the founders of the neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?. The pair like to bend and blend genres, allowing the song to be what it needs to be in order to express its emotional core. Together they have packed houses in Boston, NYC, and throughout the country. 3rian’s strong gender-defying voice has been compared to Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, and Amy Winehouse.
His song “Cold Rain” was recorded by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas on her Grammy-nominated album, “Simply Grand,” which also features Cohen on violin. Time Out New York advises “catch him as his star rises.” Cohen is fluent in classical orchestral and chamber music, but has also studied and played music all over the globe on remote Pacific Islands, Ghana, Ireland, and Turkey, to name some favorites. Nathan currently runs the Rockport Public Schools Orchestra and Chamber Music program, and is an adjunct professor of music at Endicott College. Check out What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? at www.whattimeisitmrfox.com
Daphne Lee Martin – July 12, 2016 Get Tickets
Winner of Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 New England Music Awards, Daphne Lee Martin combines a unique vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline, and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case with original, timeless melodies and arrangements that hark back to harmony-rich maritime folk songs, tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s, and of course, Tom Waits. A songwriter with a mission, Martin has used her music as a means of teaching sustainability, environmental science, and the importance of traditions to the communities of the future during the several years she spent within Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater community. Her deep experience uniting community-based initiatives with her unique and award-winning songwriting makes her a perfect fit for Songs Beneath the Spars. Learn more at daphneleemartin.com.
Marina & Berna – August 5, 2016 Get Tickets
Combining a background in jazz with folk Americana, blues, and an indie edge, Cape Ann singer/songwriter Marina Evans’ sound is all her own. Marina’s strong, sultry vocals and the raw grit of her husband, producer, and musical partner Bernardo Baglioni’s slide guitar bring her unusual melodies and lyrics to life. Having released 3 original EPs and a full length album in recent years – two of which were written and recorded abroad in Bernardo’s native Italy – the pair has toured across the U.S. and internationally. Marina’s passionate live performance has earned her two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards, as well as opening sets for such folk legends as Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, and Loudon Wainwright III. Debuting brand new material from Marina’s forthcoming album fittingly entitled Tide and Stars — this dynamic duo is not to be missed. Learn more at marinaevansmusic.com.