Maritime Music at Holiday Lights

The maritime heritage organizations at Lake Union in Seattle will have a collaborative event on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24, called Holiday Lights.  As part of the activities, there will be three hours of maritime and holiday music on the Virginia V, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, sponsored by Maritime FolknetChris Roe, with her concertina and enchanting voice, will start off the music at 2:00 pm.  J. W. Sparrow will follow at 3 pm, with his Northwest stories in song.  Dan Roberts, from 4 to 5 pm, will round out the afternoon with his usual wit & humor, delivered in a deep bass-baritone.

Also on the Virginia V will be children’s craft activities from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, including ornament and card making.  Kids will be able to color a picture of Santa visiting the Arthur Foss, and will be able to tour the Arthur Foss themselves, next to the Virginia V at the Historic Ships Wharf, 860 Terry Ave N.  The festivities will continue into the evening with some music from MOHAI and the arrival of the Argosy lighted ships.

Admission and crafts are free.

New CD: ‘Tales From The Bar – Songs of the Lower Columbia River’

‘Tales From The Bar – Songs of the Lower Columbia River’
Has Been Released!

The CD contains 19 songs by 17 different performers, about the Columbia River Bar and the area near the mouth of the Columbia River. Ten of the songs have not been released before. More information and liner notes will appear over the next few months on this web site.

You will soon be able to order a CD or download from the CD Baby website – see the link at the left of this page.

Upcoming Events

Maritime Folknet is aiding the maritime community by providing assistance with some upcoming events.

Here are short descriptions:

Benefit Concert for Teresa Morgan has been changed to a song circle in her memory.
Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street, Seattle, 98109
Admission free, donations suggested.

With the sudden passing of Teresa Morgan, the benefit concert has been changed to a song circle in her memory, as an opportunity for community and healing. Please join us as we gather to remember and honor Teresa. Donations will be given to Teresa’s family to cover her final expenses. The location will be the Center for Wooden Boats, from 7 to 10 pm.

Later, there will be a memorial/life remembrance event for Teresa, at a date and location yet to be announced.

Please read the message from Jan Elliott-Glanister on the Victory Music web site. She has some good advice about dealing with this unexpected loss.

The series of benefit concerts planned for 2012 might continue, to establish a fund for musicians in need, in memory of Teresa. This has not yet been decided.
For more information, or email

There will be a memorial service for Teresa Morgan at Immanuel Lutheran Church on December 18 at 5 pm. Stories and pictures are welcome.

If you would like, you can bring a special Christmas ornament in dedication to Teresa and Arwen, to be given to Lara and her family. You may bring an ornament on the 11th or the 18th.


Cookies, Crafts & Carols at Lake Union Park
Saturday, December 10, 2011 from Noon to 4pm
Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park and The Center for Wooden Boats
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA 98109
Free (Donations gratefully accepted)

Holiday activities for all ages. Make cards & ornaments, decorate cookies, drink cider & cocoa, hear carols sung, board historic ships like Steamship Virginia V, Tug Arthur Foss, Schooner Adventuress. Singers will include The Village Carolers, Dan Roberts, and several youth choirs.

For more information

Sponsored by The At Lake Union Park Working Group (including The Center for Wooden Boats, The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, Northwest Seaport, Maritime Folknet, and Sound Experience).

Free All–Day SEA MUSIC FEST on Oct. 23, 2010

Free All–Day SEA MUSIC FEST on Oct. 23, 2010

Maritime Folknet will be presenting a free all-day Sea Music Fest on October 23, from 10 am to 4 pm, in collaboration with Northwest Seaport and Discovery Modelers.

You can hear six different maritime music acts while shopping for used books, rummage, CDs and maritime collectibles.There will be activities for all ages, including a coloring area for kids, and displays of ship models.

Click the links below for photos and more information about the performers.

10 am    Mariide
11 am    Jon Pfaff
Noon     Tugboat Bromberg
1 pm      Dan Roberts
2 pm      Marek Skoczylas
3 pm      Chris Roe

Armory Building at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle


Check the More Information section for a link to a new maritime music blog by Chris Glanister.

Photos taken at the CD Release Party can now be seen in the photo section.  See some of your favorite songs performed aboard the historic 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss.

CD Release Party for ‘Northwest Tugboat Tales’

CD Release Party for ‘Northwest Tugboat Tales’ will be Aug 29 aboard the historic tug Arthur Foss

Aboard the historic tug Arthur Foss
At the Historic Ships Wharf at Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Sunday, Aug 29, 3:00-6:30 pm

At the CD release party, you will be able to meet some of the musicians and hear some of the songs performed live.  Free snacks and beverages, and a chance to tour the historic Arthur Foss.

Performing will be The Whateverly Brothers, Watch the Sky, Chris Roe, Cannery Row, Jon Pfaff & Mary Garvey, and probably several others. Dejah Leger will be there, as will Matthew Moeller.  Tugboat Bromberg will be there, and will bring copies of his brand new CD, “Here There Be Pirates”.  See the Tugboat
CD page for more information on these wonderful performers.

After the performances, there will be a chantey sing/jam session until around 6:30 pm.

It’s predicted to be partly sunny on Sunday afternoon, with no rain, but if we get any sprinkles we will have canopies up for both performers and audience so you will stay dry. (Except for your choice of free beverages.)  The event is for all ages in a family atmosphere, but there will be adult beverages available for those that want them, and of course soft drinks and water.

Tugboat Show at Folklife

Over a hundred people attended the Tugboat Show at the Northwest Folklife Festival, which included some of the performers and songs from the Northwest Tugboat Tales CD.

An album release concert/party is still to come. Watch this news page for an announcement of the date and time.

Northwest Tugboat Tales CD

Maritime Folknet has produced its first CD, Northwest Tugboat Tales, a compilation of 17 songs by various performers. Some of the songs were written and recorded especially for this CD. We are very excited about the quality of the music.

The CD will be available for sale for the first time at the Folklife Store at the Northwest Folklife Festival, May 28 – May 31.

If you want to purchase the CD by mail, check back here soon for a link to CD Baby.

For more information about the CD, see the Tugboat CD page.

There will be a CD release party coming up in June, date and place to be announced. Check back here for news.

Tugboats on KUOW

You Can Listen to the Podcast Online Anytime

Three performers from the Northwest Tugboat Tales CD (Jon Pfaff, Mary Garvey, Chris Roe) were featured on KUOW’s Weekday show.  You can listen to the podcast here. (Click on download in the center column.)  The radio show also included Jim Cole, past president of Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society; Rick Shrewsbury, the co-owner of Western Towboat Co., and excerpts of several songs from the CD.