Blow Ye Winds: Maritime Notables and Sea Chanteys
**the rain date has been enacted for this event due to the weather forecast for October 27th, 2018. The new date and time posted for this event is November 3rd at 2:00pm. If you bought a ticket for the original time of October 27th, your purchase will be good for November 3rd. If you can no longer make it, please request a refund through eventbrite and we will approve it.**
Sailors, whalers, commodores and more from New England’s nautical past have found their final resting places here at Mount Auburn Cemetery—some have been lost forever to the sea and are commemorated by a cenotaph. Join us for an evening of song and history on this walking tour exploring Mount Auburn’s maritime notable burials and monuments. Mount Auburn docent, Stephen Pinkerton will showcase his research on Mount Auburn’s nautical residents, and musician and educator, David Coffin will lead the group in song, exploring the unique history of sea chanteys–the work songs heard on the decks of sailing vessels in the 19th century.
David Coffin has performed throughout New England since 1980. His venues range from concert halls and coffeehouses to schools, radio, and museums, but most notably as Song Leader for the Cambridge based Revels. Widely known for his rich baritone voice, his impressive collection of musical instruments includes concertinas, recorders, penny-whistles, bombards (loud Breton double reeds), gemshorns, cornamuse, shawm, rauschphieffe – or, as he explains, “generally anything that requires a lot of hot air.” Many of these instruments are used in his interactive school enrichment program: Music from the King’s Court: Exploring the Early Winds. Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song is his other school program where you’ll find the concertina, his harpoon, and everyone singing.
For more information on David’s work please visit his website here: http://www.davidcoffin.com/
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