The maritime folk ensemble Great Bay Sailor will perform a concert of sea songs at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m..
With an extensive repertoire of songs from the U.S. and the U.K. inspired by ships, sailors, oceans and tall tales, concerts by the Portsmouth-based band feature traditional foc’sle ballads, shanties and dance tunes, as well as contemporary offerings by songwriters such as Stan Rogers and Gordon Bok.
The group has performed five years at the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival and has developed a popular following on the New Hampshire seacoast music scene. The band features Michael Blair and Steve Carrigan on vocals, Bruce MacIntyre on vocals, guitar, whistle, bones and Irish drum, and Paul Semprini on concertina and piano accordion.
Born into a family steeped in the traditions of both Irish and French Canadian music, Michael Blair went on to sing in the United States Air Force Academy’s Cadet Choir. After an interlude where singing was limited to his children at bedtime, Blair discovered the Portsmouth folk music community and was quickly wrapped into its fold.
Bruce MacIntyre spent a good portion of his life as a church and oratorio soloist until discovering the traditional music sessions at the popular Portsmouth venue, the Press Room. In his concerts with folk performer Jeff Warner, MacIntyre has appeared at the Mystic Maritime Folk Festival, the Ozawa Concert Hall at Tanglewood Music Center, and many other venues. He has been a force in the creation of several bands and, with Warner, has shared the stage with some of the most celebrated traditional singers of today including Lou Killen, John Roberts, Tony Barrand and Michael Cooney.
A veteran of the New Hampshire seacoast music circuit, Steve Carrigan was a member of the folk rock band Blind Harpers, the acapella group High Pukka Flying Squad and the traditional band High Flying Toad. He is also a voice-over artist, and the host and creator of a Portsmouth radio show Local Folk.
The concert will be held in the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church situated on the banks of the Kennebec.
The Phippsburg Congregational Church is located at 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg. Doors open at 7:00. Admission is $10.00; students and children $6.00. Children under eight are admitted free. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 389-1770.