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Home Things to Do Festivals San Francisco's Chantey Sing to Celebrate 30 Years of Traditional Sea Music

San Francisco's Chantey Sing to Celebrate 30 Years of Traditional Sea Music

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its monthly chantey sing on Oct. 1, 2011 with traditional sea music performed by Bay Area leading lights of sea music.

The daytime programs are scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. at venues on Hyde Street Pier, and with an evening chantey sing aboard the ferry Eureka from 8 p.m. to midnight.

ferry_eurekaAdmission to daytime music is free. Admission to evening chantey sing is free, but reservations required for the evening sing.

Daytime performances will include Skip Henderson and the Starboard Watch / Shay Black / The Barbary Ghosts / Dick Holdstock / The Dogwatch Nautical Band / Salty Walt and the Rattlin' Ratlines / Sons of the Buccaners / Talitha Phillips/ Celeste Bernardo / David Lovine, and many others.

Since 1981, the monthly chantey sing has been a free-to-the-public singalong of chanteys and other songs of the sea. Led by a park ranger, all are welcome to lead songs, and sing along on the choruses to these compelling work songs of sailors, fishermen, oarsmen, and dock workers.

The monthly evening chantey sing has garnered "Best of the Bay" awards from the San Francisco Bay Guardian (1997, 2011), "Best of SF" awards from SF Weekly (2005, 2010), and a "Best of the Bay Area" award from San Francisco magazine(2005).

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman's Wharf, in San Francisco. The park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships ($5 admission fee for ships), Visitor Center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library.

For more information about the park, or its public programs, call (415) 447-5000 or visit the park's website at
http://www.nps.gov/safr . For reservations, call (415) 561-7171.

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