Alice Winship, President
Alice Winship is a founding member of Maritime Folknet, and has served as President of the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO) since 2013. Alice has been producing and promoting maritime music events for various non-profit organizations since 1996, and generally advocating the cause of Northwest nautical music and maritime preservation. She is a songwriter and song collector, specializing in songs about the history of the Northwest, and she regularly leads workshops on Northwest songs for area festivals.
Dan Roberts, Vice President/Secretary
A retired elementary school music teacher as well as a professional musician, Dan has an extensive knowledge of Northwest maritime history and music, and is a skilled writer and editor. Raised in the Bay Area and attending college in Berkeley, Dan Roberts also studied opera and received the training that makes his voice one of the most notable and powerful in the folk music community. Dan’s repertoire spans decades, and his voice spans three octaves. He is a veteran of the Victory at Sea chantey group, member of the Seattle Labor Chorus, as well as the bands Bold Horizon and The Whateverly Brothers. Dan was employed at the non-profit organization Northwest Seaport from 1997-2006, where he managed the music program and led ship tours, and was largely responsible for re-establishing the Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing in 2000. He is a frequent leader of the sings.
Lynn Applegate, Treasurer
Lynn Appplegate grew up in the Seattle area. She has been involved in salmon disease research for over 20 years, and has been performing music for nearly 40 years. She has been a member of local Search and Rescue groups, a science day coordinator/presenter for area schools, and a coordinator for Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). She has volunteered for various groups, such as 4-H and Girl Scouts, and she is an avid fisherwoman.
Helen Gilbert, Board Member
A native of the UK, Helen Gilbert was immersed in the traditional maritime music of her homeland. She has been an active member of the maritime singing community of the Pacific Northwest since moving here ten years ago, and performs at schools, libraries, and cultural events as a singer and Morris dancer. In addition to being one of the founders of the Port Townsend Shanty Sing, she founded the monthly Seattle Pub Sing, is a frequent leader of the Northwest Seaport Chanty Sing, and a regular performer at the Northwest Folklife Festival. She helped produce the book “Sing Shanties & Songs About the Sea” in remembrance of local Shantyman Steve Lewis and his extensive collection of Shanties and Maritime songs. She is a member of the very popular Seattle band, The Drunken Maidens. Her skills include web site design..
Allan Hirsch, Board Member
Al Hirsch is a professional storyteller, musician, folklorist, historian, author, and children’s entertainer. He has forty years of experience in festival and concert production, school assemblies, historical exhibits, and library and museum programs. He is a former speaker for Humanities Washington, a recording artist with two Parent’s Choice Awards, a member of the King County Touring Artist Roster, and member of Local 76 American Federation of Musicians. He wrote an award-winning song called ‘The Denny Party’, about early settlers in Seattle.
David Kessler, Board Member
David Kessler has organized conferences and events of all sizes, and has been singing and sailing for about as long as he can remember. He grew up in New England, where he learned to sail, sing, and appreciate the region’s coast and history, and where he founded several singing and educational events. He moved to Seattle in 2013 and has since been learning about the maritime history and music of the Northwest. He is Co-Producer of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony (an award for improbable scientific research), and is half of the singing duo Kessler and Perasso.
Chris Roe, Board Member
Chris Roe is a performing songwriter and musician, and has been an active participant in the Seattle maritime, celtic, and contradance communities for over 30 years. She is known as a folklorist and authority on maritime and folk music. She was a founding member of the all-woman chantey band Broadside, and has performed solo and in a variety of musical company. She organized a pub sing back in the nineties, and she has been an enthusiastic supporter of participatory song for over thirty years. Chris is a founding member of the Puget Sound Revels Board and is director of the group The Village Carolers. She was employed as a database administrator with Seattle Opera from 1983 to 2012.
Chris Glanister (emeritus)
Chris Glanister has been a fixture of local music communities for the past several decades. As a professional sound/recording engineer, he has produced albums and mixed live-sound for countless acts over the years; and as a member of the spirited Celtic ensemble Watch the Sky! and the folk/maritime trio The Whateverly Brothers he has also put in his share of time on-stage. He is a founding member of Maritime Folknet.