Concerts/Workshops

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Chris Koldewey

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South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street , NY, NY 10038

Chanteys at Work Chris will lead free, mini performance/workshops as part of general admission on board Wavertree, showing how chanteys were used to help with the work on halyards, capstan, pumps, and more. The next drop-in series of workshops will be held throughout the day on Sunday, September 11 from 12-4pm.

Chris and Joy At Caffe Lena - Bill Staines Tribute

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Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Joy and I are honored to join some wonderful performer in paying tribute to Folksinger Bill Staines who was a wise and gentle songwriter from New Hampshire who performed on the Caffe Lena stage more than any other performer in our 62 year history. Twice a year from 1968 to 2021, Bill would make his way back to Saratoga to sing his beloved songs that have become staples in our lives. Bill passed away on Sunday, December 5th, 2021 leaving music lovers to mourn across the world. For this special tribute concert, regional musicians will gather at Caffe Lena to sing Bill's songs together. Tonight's show will be emceed by Joseph Bruchac and feature Joy Bennett and Chris Koldewy, Kate Blain, Vivian Nesbitt and John Dillon, Taylor Whiteside, and Reggie Harris.

Chris and his wonderful wife Joy Bennett, will join the legendary George Ward at the annual Tugboat Round Up in Waterford, NY for the singing of some maritime songs at dockside to help open this weekend long festival on September 9th from 4PM to 6PM.

TradMad Camp

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Pinewoods Camp, 148 Halfway Pond Road, Plymourh, MA

Chris will once again be teaching at the wonderful TradMad Camp. Sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc and 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, campers can enjoy daily workshops on specific topics (such as traditional ballads), instrument instruction, dances to live music, staff concerts, vocal coaching, parties, camper concerts, jamming, and singing — and much, much more.

Chris Koldewey at South Street Seaport Museum - Shanties at Work

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South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton Street , NY, NY 10038

Chris will be giving demonstrations of Shanties at work on board of the museum ship Wavertree at South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan, NYC. A tour of the 19th Century cargo ship will focus on the traditional work-songs that might have been heard during the various “jobs” found on similar vessels during the great age of sail. The “tours” will be given during the afternoon beginning at 12:00 noon. 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM at South Street Seaport Museum for specific times. https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/chanteys-at-work/

Chris Koldewey at New England Folk Festival

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Saturday in "Concert Hall B" from 1:30 to 2:30 ET

Chris will be doing a workshop on Maritime music and how we can get "clues" and insights into the lives of the folks who lived and worked during the 19th and early 20th Centuries through their work songs and ballads. My workshop will be on Saturday, virtually, in Concert Hall B from 1:30 until 2:30 PM ET.
A link to register is: https://www.neffa.org/register-now-for-2022/ A link for the schedule is: https://cgi.neffa.org//public/showgrid.pl?T=grid_S

A Benefit for the Connecticut Sea Music Festival

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Powder Mill Barn in Enfield, CT., 32 South Maple St, Enfield, CT 06082

New Date! A concert with a wonderful collection of musicians in a benefit concert for the First Annual Connecticut Sea Music Festival.
Information about the festival is found here: http://ctseamusicfest.org/?fbclid=IwAR3LWeXwUpvapdI70Bg30KH_y6aj0RVOFlBScQQy3yd0zJ6KDUw0tFMoKEg

Although I'm no longer available for the re-scheduled date, it is going to be wonderful, and I encourage all of you to support this wonderful organization. Come celebrate the first Connecticut Sea Music Festival by joining us for our Outward Bound Benefit Concert & Art Auction on Saturday, March 12th from 1:00-4:00pm at the beautiful Powder Mill Barn in Enfield, CT. This benefit concert is a free, limited registration, with donations accepted at the door. Suggested donation $15-20. Proof of vaccination is required for entry! Masks must be worn at all times when in the venue. Featuring:  Skylark – Lynz Morahn – Don Sineti – – Different Tack – The Johnson Girls – & More! Art Auction: • A new piece from Don Sineti • The original of our beautiful Mermaid festival logo, drawn by the deeply talented Sean Murtha! This concert is an in-person benefit for the first Connecticut Sea Music Festival , which will be held in Essex CT on June 10-13th, 2022. Vaccinations Required: We are requiring all attendees, as well as performers and volunteers, to be vaccinated against Covid-19. For the safety of the group we are not making exceptions for children or for people unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. We do not accept same-day tests in lieu of vaccination. We ask that you have your CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Card ready to show at the door.   Masks Required: In keeping with guidance from the CDC, all audience members must wear masks while in the building. This benefit concert and the Connecticut Sea Music Festival are both sponsored by the Maritime Music & Tradition Society. The MM&TS is a non-profit organization approved by the IRS under section 501(c)3. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Chris Koldewey at Mystic Seaport

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

On Monday, Presidents' Day (February 21, 2022, Chris will be at the Fishtown Chapel on the grounds of Mystic Seaport Museum from 12noon until 3pm. The show will be almost completely maritime, and maritime related, and span the spectrum of traditional chanties, and ballads, as well as a few more "contemporary" songs of the sea, and will include many instruments as well as some unaccompanied singing. Hope to see as many as possible there! The show will be included as part of the admission to the museum.
For more information about the Mystic Seaport Museum Ice Festival: https://www.mysticseaport.org

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

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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 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

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

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I'm honored to join the incomparable John Roberts where we will present a discussion about sea shanties, their place in history, and current use (including the history behind the viral TikTok collab video, Soon May the Wellerman Come). This session is brought to you with support from the West Virginia Humanities Council and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. For a "front row" Zoom seat, email augustaheritagecenter@dewv.edu. John Roberts - Born and raised in Worcestershire, England, of a Welsh family, John is a national treasure. He is one of the foremost culture bearers of his genre, specializing in songs of the sea, pub songs, and traditional British Isles folk songs. He is also considered one of the foremost Anglo concertina players in the English-speaking world and uses the banjo for unique settings in many of the songs he sings. He can give the background of any song he performs, often telling the listener the circumstances from which it might have been written and from whom the song was collected. John's latest album is a collection of maritime songs entitled "Sea Fever." John is fantastically entertaining which only adds to his wonderful expertise. We're expecting a splendid time for all!

Folk Music Society of New York’s Virtual Fall Weekend November 6 – 8, 2020

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Online via Zoom

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 - 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!

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Old Songs From The Vault Folk Music Notebook - Online folk radio Folk Music Notebook - Online folk radio
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John Roberts and Chris Koldewey Chanty Session from Augusta Heritage. YouTube Channel for Augusta Heritage YouTube Channel for Augusta Heritage
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John Roberts and Chris Koldewey Chanty Session from Augusta Heritage. YouTube Channel for Augusta Heritage YouTube Channel for Augusta Heritage
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John Roberts and Chris Koldewey present Sea Shanties: Adding Historical Context to the Hottest New TikTok Trend (+ singing along!) Augusta Heritage Center Augusta Heritage Center
Chris Koldewey Episode 2 of Old Songs From The Vault Episode 2 of Old Songs From The Vault
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Old Songs from the Vault on folkmusicnotebook.com On line. On line.
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Chris Koldewey Old Songs Virtual Festival as streamed on Folk Music Notebook Old Songs Virtual Festival as streamed on Folk Music Notebook
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