PHIPPSBURG — Dave Peloquin and Jerry Bryant will perform “Songs and Chanteys From the Era of ‘Moby-Dick’” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The program, a celebration of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday year, includes songs and chanteys mentioned in his books, and other material that would have been familiar to Melville during his time as a sailor. The program will also touch upon the historical context of the time and how the songs and chanteys were used in shipboard work and 19th century maritime culture.
Admission is $15 at the door, $8 for students. $12 advance tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com Children under 8 are admitted free.
For more information, call 389-1770.
In addition to being an established solo performer on the folk scene, Peloquin has performed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with his group, Compass Rose. For over 30 years he has been associated with the Mystic Seaport Museum as a chanteyman, historic interpreter and festival performer. He has produced twelve albums, soundtracks for film and many special projects including work for George Winston.
Bryant, a Maine-native, has been a celebrated performer of maritime songs and has performed widely throughout the U.S. over the last 30 years. His many appearances include prominent maritime music festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, Portsmouth and Mystic, Connecticut. Performing on guitar, banjo, concertina, melodeon and other acoustic instruments, his repertoire includes hundreds of traditional and contemporary folk songs. He was a consultant on maritime songs for the hit film “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” starring Russell Crowe, and provided the soundtrack for Penguin Audio Books’ “In the Heart of the Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick.