Chris will be hosting an online "radio" program that will focus on the magnificent collection of live recordings from 40 years of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. The 2nd episode of the series will premier on November 18, at 9:00PM, and can be heard on www.folkmusicnotebook.com.
This is an online incarnation of a weekend event that would have been held at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. Similarly, to the “in-person” weekends, there will be workshops as well as concerts. Performers will include John Roberts & Lisa Preston, The Vox Hunters, Heather Wood, and John Ziv. It is highly recommended that one attends all the events possible, but Chris’ workshop portions are as follows:
Saturday November 7 - 11:00 AM Paddy West’s School of Sailor Stuff - Ever wonder just how those old sea chanties were used during the age of sail? Join Chris in his description and “virtual” demonstration of the working of a 19th Century Square-Rigger, and the specific songs that helped get those various jobs done together and more easily. By use of a PowerPoint demonstration, and Chris’ knowledge gained after a 20-year association with the demonstration squad of Mystic Seaport Museum and sailing the square-riggers, participants will sail a 19th Century vessel through Cyberspace, singing as we go. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.
Sunday November 8 - 12 noon: Surf and Turf from NYS and New England
Ballads, Songs and Stories collected primarily from New York State and New England. Songs will be from those collected by some of the cornerstones of folk music collecting in the 20th Century, and from some of the singers who carried on the traditions with their own songs.
A complete list of workshops and concerts, as well as registration, can be found at the Folk Music Society's webpage.
Hope to see you all there on the weekend of November 6-8!
Chris will be hosting an online "radio" program that will focus on the magnificent collection of live recordings from 40 years of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. Tune. The first episode of the series will premier on October 21, at 9:00PM, and can be heard on www.folkmusicnotebook.com.
Chris - and a few surprise invited guests - will be performing 3 hours of Maritime Music at one of the foremost Maritime Museums in the world. Stop by the Performance Stage near the tall ship Charles W. Morgan to hear stories and songs from the days of the age of sail. This will be an outdoor, socially-distanced, event, so please wear a mask for everyone's safety, and bring whatever will give you the most comfort to enjoy music of the sea and shore! This concert is free with museum admission. Looking forward to seeing you there!
The second day of the Virtual Old Songs Festival! Please visit the site for specific scheduling! A great, big Thank You to the folks at Folk Music Notebook, and The Executive, and Assistant Directors, as well as the Board and all the Volunteers at Old Songs! https://folkmusicnotebook.com
Although the 40th Festival has been postponed until 2021, Ron Olesko and the wonderful folks at Folk Music Notebook (an online 24-7 Folk Music Station) will be airing "sets" that have been sent in from performers all over the world. I'm honored to be a part of this. Please check at the website as much as you like all weekend, and for specifics about what Ron has generously put together to help us all keep Old Songs in our hearts and minds until we can all be together again: Healthy, Happy, and Better! Find them at https://folkmusicnotebook.com/ Stay Safe!
February 1, 2020, 6 and 8PM- I will once again be honored to be part of the Richmondtown Tavernacle Choir! We'll be singing songs of the Sea and Tavern in Historic Richmondtown on Staten Island, NY. We will be having two concerts at 6 and 8pm. It should be a wonderful time with a marvelous cast of many! Information may be found here at Historic Richmondtown
Although not a "Chris Concert," I would be remiss if I didn't tell of a wonderful Chantey Blast happening in Mystic Connecticut! This is a great Maritime sing-around at the Frohsinn Hall 54 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT 06355-1991, United States. This wonderful event is an all hands on deck sing that raises funds to off set the costs of the Sea Music Festival that will be held in June.