Songs and Stories of the Chesapeake Watermen: with Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante

Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante

Tuesday, October 17th 2023
7:00pm – 9:00 pm
FREE (donations accepted)

In-Person event at St. Andrews Pub
7406 Aurora Ave N. Seattle, WA 98103
(in the Greenlake neighborhood)

Join Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante for a mostly-musical evening focused on the people, places and history of the Chesapeake waterfront and the men and women who “work” the water.

Janie’s songs chronicle the people, places, and history of the Bay, and more often than not throw a light on the women’s side of the waterfront. Rob’s skill as an arranger, guitarist, and harmony singer accent her songs and make this a beautiful and compelling duo!

Come thirsty and maybe hungry: The venue is a pub with both food & drink

Janie Meneely

Janie Meneely was born and raised in, on, and around the Chesapeake Bay, where her yacht broker father operated a boatyard in Annapolis. She began her own family life living aboard a 40-foot sailboat on the Bay’s Eastern Shore. Her professional career has never ventured far from the water.
Fresh out of college, she began working as a sailmaker, then she did some teaching, some publishing, and ended her career as editor of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. All the while she wrote and sang songs about the Chesapeake Bay, first with the folk group Crab Alley, and then either solo or with her late husband (Calico Jack) and now with Rob van Sante.

Rob van Sante

Rob van Sante is the son of a sea captain father and a pianist mother. He is well known from his almost 20 years as a member of the Battlefield Band, and his duo albums with Alan Reid. Now an acclaimed producer, arranger, accompanist and sound engineer, he plays with John Connolly, with Janie Meneely, and in his recording studio (Falcon Audio Visual Arts) in Whitby, UK.

MARITIME FOLKNET is a federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving maritime culture and history, and encouraging people to explore and participate in that culture and history. We do this primarily through the music that highlights our boats and the people who work them, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

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This project made possible by a grant from 4Culture