2018 will be a Great Year for GBS

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2017 was one of the best years ever for Great Bay Sailor.  It was certainly a year filled with sailor songs, sea shantys, traditional music sessions, maritime music, and much more.  We performed at a wide range of venues including the Museums of Old York, Strawberry Banke Museum, Firehouse Center for the Arts, the Gundalow, and Pro Portsmouth first nightCarrigan and Blair released a new CD that is a precursor to a full GBS CD.  We continue to perform, in whole or in part, at weekly gigs at the Barley House and the Stone Church.  We met a ton of amazing new people and hopefully spread the joys of traditional music.  We will do our best to keep you up to date on upcoming events via our calendar page.  Thanks!


Gloucester and Lobster

Mark you calendar and dig out your lobster bib and appetite!

Join Jim, Steve and Bruce for a Saturday Afternoon Lobster cruise aboard the Beauport Princess in beautiful Gloucester harbor.

Date: Saturday, August 29th
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Place: On board the 124 foot cruise ship Beauport Princess
Event: Saturday Afternoon Lobster cruise
From: Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA 01930
Contact: Google Cruiseport Gloucester or call 978-865-3210
Tickets: $24.00 children; $49.00 adults


Great Bay Sailor: Schedule of Holiday Celebrations

Great Bay Sailor "Yuletide"

We sincerely hope that you can join us at one of the following performances:

Yuletide Celebration at Red and Shorty’s

An intimate house concert setting in Downtown Dover, NH.

Date: December 7th, 2013

Time: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00 Reservations at redandshortys@gmail.com or 603.767.3305

Address: 4 Paul St., Dover, NH 03820


Yuletide Celebration  at Lee, NH Community Grange

Tree lighting ceremony with carols followed by a yuletide concert in the Grange

Date: December 8th, 2013

Time: 4:45 PM Immediately following the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Other: Light refreshments will be available.

Address: 258 N. River Road, Lee, NH 03861

First Night Celebration, Portsmouth, NH

Jeff Warner wand Bruce MacIntyre and Great Bay Sailor

Date: December 31st, 2013

Location: Middle Street Baptist Church (tentative)

Time: 8:15 PM to 11:15 PM

Other: Admission Buttons can be purchased at various downtown locations. See the Pro Portsmouth Web Site.

Bring your voice and a friend and let’s celebrate the season in song together.

Best wishes,



Great Bay Sailor is Sailing in to RiRa Portsmouth

Coming Home with Bold variety, energy, and fun.

GBS members, along with Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, have been honing their dynamic Irish repertoire at The Stone Church on Thursday Irish Thursdays for about a year now.  That same energy is finally coming to Portsmouth NH for a weekly concert at RiRa in Market Square.

Join us on May 1st

We will be there every week on Wednesday nights, but you might want to stop in for the kick off.  Make sure your voice is heard by letting us know your favorite tunes and songs.  Like usual, we will be taking requests and mixing it up with an eclectic mix of high energy song/tune sets, a cappella shanties and songs, Maritime, Irish and other traditional music.  Enjoy dinner and stick around for the show.

Starting May 1st, every Wednesday night

6-9PM RiRa Portsmouth, NH

Market Square

GBS Members at Stone Church

Thirsty Irish Thursday

An Irish night fit for everyone

6:00-9:00 PM Thursdays at The Stone Church Meeting House, 5 Granite St. Newmarket, NH 03857

Irish night, a.k.a. “Thirsty Irish Thursday” is becoming quite a phenomenon in good ole’  Newmarket, NH.  The Stone Church has always been known for live music- especially folk.  I’ve had many guest on “Local Folk” talk about the great open mics and folk dinners that used to happen up there.  Like all things, the music seemed to change over the years, and I think the crowd might have as well.  All that has changed with new ownership and the advent of “Thirsty Irish Thursdays”.

It’s both  an evening and an event in which all are welcome.

From retirees to babies to be, our growing crowd runs the gamut of people and personalities.  It’s a great place for kids and families as well as old friends, workmates, and locals.  The event and atmosphere feel familiar and all of us performers are enjoying the event immensely.  Here are some photos from March 14, 2013.  The performers were (from left to right) Jeff Murdoch, Steve Carrigan, Roger Burridge, James Prendergast, Bruce Macintyre, and cameo appearance by Chris Vaughn.  Let us know if you see yourself.



GBS in Nottingham

Shanties, Foc’sl Songs, and Ballads

Maritime Music in more ways than one

Saturday’s concert at the Nottingham Community Church was a great success.  Part of the mission of Great Bay Sailor is to explore and share a wide variety of material with new audiences.  To some, there may be a preconceived idea as to what maritime music is supposed to be or sound like. Last night’s concert would likely cause a paradigm shift in those who think of the seafaring genre as simply boisterous working songs.  We attempt to share the diversity of sound and culture that represents the true music of the waterways.  So, please stop in to one of our shows and let us share our love of the music with you.




GBS on Stay Tuned TV


Great Bay Sailor is on TV

Shawn Hendersons “Stay Tuned” radio program on WSCA 106.1 is now a television program on Portsmouth Public Media.
As the creator and host of “Local Folk” ,I was invited with Great Bay Sailor to perform live in the studio.  We have posted a few songs clips from the program on line, but the full, official program airs tonight.

When:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 6PM for the next two weeks.

Where:  PPMtv (Channel 98)