A little about Chris My lullabies as a child were traditional songs of the sea, and from a very early age I was exposed to a wide variety of folk music. Early years living and growing up on Long Island opened a wonderful world of music via the Guitar Workshop of Roslyn, and the great people that populated the stage of My Father’s Place, a venue that hosted the truly great rock musicians on Saturday night, but held court for the royalty of folk on Sunday afternoon.
As the years went on I studied formally at Fredonia School of Music, and went on to become a public school music teacher (from which I am now retired,) but the folk music stayed and had as much, if not more, of an influence in my musical development as my formal studies. One of the benefits of a school schedule is it allowed me to spend some of my summer vacations as one of the Chanteymen at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut; one of the few places left where Sea Chanteys can be heard in performing the jobs for which they were used. One of my greatest experiences was to Chantey up the anchor on board the Bark Picton Castle during my three week stint on board sailing her during the summer of 2009, and to sail and Chantey on board of the Charles W. Morgan – the only wooden whaler left in the world – in the summer of 2014.
I do, and have done many things in life, but something that has remained a constant has been the performance of, and involvement with, Traditional Folk Music. Whether songs of the sea, the land, history, or contemporary topics, I love to sing and play with people as we enjoy the first “do-it-yourself” music