Concerts/Workshops

Previous events

Port Jefferson Sea Music Festival

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Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson, NY , 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY

I'm honored to participate in the inaugural Port Jefferson Sea Music Festival. I'll be joined by a wonderful collection of performers singing a variety of traditional and contemporary songs of the sea. The site for the festival is on the grounds of the former Bayles Shipyard, which was one of the active building yards from 1834 until after World War I. There will be wonderful Maritime trade demonstrations as well as the music. The festival will include the marvelous talents of The Johnson Girls, Stout, Tim Radford, David Jones, Alan Short, Ken Sweeney, Heather Wood, Joseph Morneault, and Maria Fairchild and Adam Becherer. Chris will be Performing at the MainStage from 12:30 to 12:55, and at the Schooner Ginny Marie from 2:30 to 2:55. There will also be an "All Hands In" concert at the MainStage from 5PM until 7PM. It should prove to be a wonderful, festival of Sea Music and demonstrations from Long Island's Maritime Heritage!

On Sunday, September 19th at 7 PM, NEFFA Live Online! is proud to present an evening of sea music and more with Chris Koldewey and Nicole Singer & Becky Wright! After the concert, all are welcome to stay online to socialize and connect with our beloved NEFFA community! Chris will begin at 7PM, and be followed at 8PM by Nicole and Becky. A Little about them: Becky Wright and Nicole Singer started singing together at Swarthmore College over a decade ago and have been dear friends, music partners, and roadtrip buddies ever since. With Becky’s background in shape-note music and Nicole’s in sea music, they wind up singing a variety of old songs with haunting harmonies, beautiful poetry, and fun choruses that get everyone singing along. They have also collaborated on many other projects, including as co-founders and organizers of Youth Traditional Song Weekend. Their first duo record, Two in a Garden, was released this summer and is available at beckyandnicole.bandcamp.com.

www.nicolesinger.com

Then:

9 PM - YOU!! Meet and greet, Q&A with performers, social hour! You must REGISTER for the show in order to receive the Zoom link. To register, click here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckfumhqjkjHNJsu8UKIk9DrJQABrL681DE

Although the event is free, we strongly encourage a $15 donation if you are able, to show the musicians our appreciation and gratitude.

Aug28

TradMaD Camp - Canceled due to Covid

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TradMaD at Pinewoods Camp - Plymouth, MA, 80 Cornish Field Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360

TradMaD Camp 2021 Chris will be on staff at the wonderful Traditional Music and Dance Camp with a most wonderful collection of exceptional teachers and campers! Saturday August 28 – Friday September 3 Camp will be in person, with due regard for federal, state, and local regulations. All attendees must be fully vaccinated. We will post updates here as they transpire.

Co-directed by Joy Bennett and Heather Wood, TradMaD Camp is an annual six-day gathering of live music and dance for adults interested in traditional music and dance.

Held at the beautiful and historic Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the campers have been treated to daily workshops on specific topics (such as traditional ballads), instrument instruction, dances to live music, staff concerts, vocal coaching, camper concerts, jamming, and singing — and much, much more. Find more information, and registration at: http://tradmadcamp.org

2021 Old Songs Virtual Festival

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https://festival.oldsongs.org On June 25 through 27, The Old Songs Festival will be virtual this year, but building on the success of last year, will be packed with workshops, dance (yes, really), Concerts, Open Mics, A Pub Sing (with actual harmony!), presented by some of the finest musicians in the folk tradition from around the world, as well as our own “backyard.” Over 70 musicians have provided a fantastic, varied display of talent, and will be found in five, simultaneous, “virtual” areas during the course of the weekend! We will have the return of perennial favorites like Sunday’s Sacred Harp Sing, an Open Sing, A participatory Ballad Sing, where -like the Pub Sing and Open Mic – you, the attendees, are encouraged to participate. For complete information, and registration, as well as the opportunity to get your actual Virtual Festival T-shirt, please visit: https://festival.oldsongs.org. It will be a splendid time for all, and will be a wonderful reminder of what happens at the “in-person” Old Songs Festival and what to expect when we are all together again, live and in-person in 2022!

Chantey Sing at Mystic Seaport

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Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, Ct. 06355

Update on June 12, 2021: Music at Mystic Seaport Museum: The two concerts in the afternoon Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle” and “Sharks Come Cruisin’ require a paid museum admission, but the Pub Sing at 5 o'clock is free. That event will run from 5PM to 7PM. The pub sing, at the Spouter Tavern, will be led by former Chantey Staff, including Don Sineti, Chris Koldewey, Geoff Kaufman, Barry Keenan, and David Littlefield. Since seating is limited at Spouter Tavern, it is advisable for folks to bring a comfortable chair. Lastly, if folks need more information, please contact Mystic Seaport Museum: https://www.mysticseaport.org/contact-us/

Chris Koldewey

WVBR Radio Online stream

A rebroadcast of a show that Joy and I did in 2019 in Ithaca New York, at the wonderful show Bound For Glory.
On your radio April 25—Chris Koldewey & Joy Bennett Originally broadcast 11/17/19

A show that Joy and I did for one of the longest running Radio Broadcasts of Folk Music on the air. Bound for Glory has been on the air since 1967. Phil Shapiro, Cornell M.A. ’69, creator and host of Bound for Glory, has hosted and produced all but one or two of the over 1,500 live shows. When Cornell is on break, and the Cafe in Anabel Taylor Hall is closed, he hosts the show almost every week from the WVBR studios.

Bound for Glory got its start in 1967, the year folk legend Woody Guthrie died and Shapiro came to Cornell as a graduate student in economics. Shapiro started his show at WVBR’s studio, then located in the basement of Willard Straight Hall. The aspiring DJ started out spinning vinyl, but he soon added live performances by local musicians to the mix. In 1969, “Bound for Glory” began airing live from the coffeehouse at Anabel Taylor Hall, where it has remained.

Shapiro’s promotional savvy and word of mouth soon made “Bound for Glory” a household name on the folk music circuit. Today, it’s a major tour stop for any folk singer–established or unknown. That’s an accomplishment in itself: no one gets paid money for appearing, or working, on Bound for Glory–including Phil Shapiro, the many loyal volunteers that help run the show, and the performers.

Bound for Glory performers do get compensated with an element that is all too rare these days, according to the show’s genial host. “They get paid in magic,” said Shapiro. “Our live audience is known far and wide as the best folk audience in the country. We have famous performers come back again and again.” Admission to the live performances has always been free, and everyone is always welcome. The photo is from an earlier show where we were visited by our wonderful "diminutive" fan, Jerry Moore III

Sailors, Ships, and Chanteys with Chris Koldewey and Joy Bennett

Online Zoom Workshop from Folk Music Society of New York

Sailors, Ships, and Chanteys with Joy Bennett & Chris Koldewey an online workshop presentation; Friday, April 9th, 7:30pm ET Joy Bennett and Chris Koldewey will present an overview of the working and playing lives of 19th Century sailors through their work­songs (chanteys), ballads, and songs. With multi­media examples, as well as Chris and Joy singing some of the songs themselves, participants will gain a more accurate perspective and understanding of the songs of our maritime ancestors. There will be time allotted for participants to ask questions through chat, and receive real­time answers. Back­ breaking repetitive work, in horrifying conditions, facing life and death consequences, as the forces of the great oceans and nature threaten human life and their sea traversing vehicles, has never been so much fun! Suggested contgribution is $13 for general admission or $11 for members (including all ticketing costs). No one will be refused participation because of a lack of donation. The zoom link will be sent after you register at: https://ti.to/fmsny-online/chanteys

Chris Koldewey and Joy Bennett in a virtual "guest" spot at the Black Fen Folk Club of Cambridge, England

The Black Fen Folk Club

Joy and I are honored to be the featured singers at the weekly meeting of the Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge England.
The Club begins at 2.30EST with a round of 'local' singers, (plus a few that we've gathered during lockdown) and hand over to our guest for 30 minutes or more at 3.30EST. The "floor singers" should be great, and I'm sure it will be enjoyable. The link will be poster here, as well as the Facebook site so, check back! More information may be found: https://www.facebook.com/BlackFenFolkClub/

Old Songs Presents: Chris Koldewey and Joy Bennett at Caffè Lena

Online at Caffè Lena

NEW DATE AND TIME: MARCH 4 - Postponed from February 27

"Old Songs at Caffè Lena” Presents: Songs of the Sea with Joy Bennett & Chris Koldewey" On Thursday March 4, at 7PM (EST) Joy Bennett and I will be performing a “live-stream” concert from the stage of the wonderful venue Caffè Lena, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EnD4zxer4Y

We’ll sing not only Chanteys, but tap into the wealth of ballads and songs from the age of sail as well as some that have been more recently composed. We’ll present many with wonderful choruses just waiting for those at home to sing along with to rattle your rafters, and make your neighbors wonder what they’re up to!

Livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EnD4zxer4Y

Online Radio: Old Songs From the Vault

Old Songs From The Vault

Folk Music Notebook - Online folk radio

Each month Chris will present selections from the vast accumulation of magnificent performers who have graced the state of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. Only on FolkMusicNotebook.com There will be an encore presentation at 11:00PM EST the same night, and the following Wednesday.

Old Songs From The Vault

Folk Music Notebook - Online folk radio

Each month Chris will present selections from the vast accumulation of magnificent performers who have graced the state of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. Only on FolkMusicNotebook.com There will be an encore presentation at 11:00PM EST the same night, and the following Wednesday.

Old Songs From The Vault

Folk Music Notebook - Online folk radio

Each month Chris will present selections from the vast accumulation of magnificent performers who have graced the state of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. Only on FolkMusicNotebook.com There will be an encore presentation at 11:00PM EST the same night, and the following Wednesday.

Old Songs From The Vault

Folk Music Notebook - Online folk radio

Each month Chris will present selections from the vast accumulation of magnificent performers who have graced the state of the Old Songs Festival in Altamont, NY. Only on FolkMusicNotebook.com There will be an encore presentation at 11:00PM EST the same night, and the following Wednesday.