Bob Zentz & Jeanne McDougall– For more than 30 years, Norfolk, Virginia native Bob Zentz has educated and entertained audiences on Maritime music. He is an accomplished singer/guitarist and storyteller who also plays the autoharp, lute, melodeon, mouth harp, banjo, concertina and mandolin. Bob boasts a repertoire of more than 2,000 songs. His albums span the genres of folk, traditional, Celtic and maritime music and beyond. In addition to performing, Bob also serves an instructor for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT); and is a program developer and leader for Elderhostel along the Intracoastal Waterway. He also presents a program, “Homemade Music” to elementary school students. He and his partner, Jeanne McDougall, offer selections from a vast maritime repertoire.
Phil Wiggins – The King of the Tidewater Blues harmonica will help illuminate African-American Maritime Music traditions. Washington, D.C. native Phil Wiggins achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the premier Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins.
Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean – With its buoyant beats and soaring melodies, OCEAN provides an uplifting soundtrack for traveling hopefully on life’s changing seas. Audiences can lose themselves in dreamy reverie, or cut loose and dance to the propulsive beat of electric jigs and reels. It’s Sea Music for Ancient Moderns!
Calico Jack – Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Janie Meneely and mellow baritone-voiced singer/guiatarist Paul DiBlasi perform songs and stories about Chesapeake Bay people, places and traditions. Sometimes saucy, sometimes serious, Calico Jack offers audiences a glimpse of a rapidly disappearing way of life and invites them to join in on the chorus.
The Washington Revels Maritime Voices – The Washington Revels Maritime Voices celebrates the sea—the men who worked the great sailing ships and the women who sustained the shore-side communities. It also celebrates the life of the men and women who worked the canals and inland waterways of America.
Formed in 2008, this group performs lively songs, instrumental music, dances, folk dramas, and other nautical traditions. Washington Revels Maritime Voices has performed at the Naval Heritage Center, the C&O Canal, the Museums of Natural History and American History, the National Geographic Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Harbor, the Alexandria Waterfront Festival, the Magical Montgomery Festival, the Baltimore 1812 Sailabration, and numerous other community events.
The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices – Jubilee Voices is committed to the preservation of African-American history and traditions -– presenting songs and stories of struggle and perseverance, trials and triumphs, as expressed through a capella music, drama and dance. Formed in 2010, the group now performs regularly at heritage sites in Montgomery County and at special events around the Washington area.
Ships Company Chanteymen – This jolly band of merrymakers has been seen and heard all up and down the east coast of the United States. The Ships Company chanteymen perform at living history events, music festivals, private parties and many other settings.
The U.S. Navy Sea Chanters – The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day in 2009.
Letter of Marque celebrates the diversity of Maritime Music, from traditional chanties and forebitters to more modern maritime songs.
Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton are two wandering minstrels from Wales who perform traditional and original songs that draw inspiration from Welsh history and maritime traditions.
Scales and Crosstones has been belting out traditional and not-so-traditional chanteys around the mid-Atlantic region, including a stint or two at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.