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 night. Carrigan 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!
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.
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.
You are invited to :
A Celebration of Songs and Tunes in the Maritime Tradition
As performed by:
Great Bay Sailor
Time: Saturday, March 9, 2013. 7:30PM to 9:30PM.
Yet another clip from “Stay Tuned”, Shawn Henderson’s radio show turned TV program. I’ll keep you posted as to when the whole episode airs. Thanks also to Steve Kowel for assisting in the in studio filming. Boy do I wish I could change this thumbnail image!
Shawn Henderson, a fellow DJ and show host at WSCA 106.1, invited GBS to stop in and play a few songs live in the studio. This is not unusual. It is the theme of his “Stay Tuned” radio show. He and his crew turned the radio show into a television show, and here is a cut from the upcoming show. I’m really pleased with the result. Jim Prendergast sure plays a mean guitar. Thanks Shawn and “Stay Tuned” for more….
We will miss Elysium Arts Folk Club. Thanks Joe Simes for all his hard work keeping the club open for so long. It was as close to an authentic 60′s style folk “coffee house” as could be found anywhere. We were always blessed by a full house during our Yuletide concert series. Here are some photos from that show in 2011
One of our favorite shows of 2012 was at the Phippsburg Congregational Church located on a beautiful hill by the ocean in Phippsburg, ME. Part of their community outreach is a popular folk concert series. Maritime musician and historian Bob Webb brought us up to this venue to share with the Mainers what a bunch of Portsmouth musicians could do. It was a great show and, like most sailors, we hope to return someday.