Sailor Chanties, History & Genre: An Evening with Prof. Gibb Schreffler

Sunday, September 25th 2022
4:00-6:00 pm (Pacific Time)

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An in-depth presentation & discussion on the history and genre of the sailors’ chanty by Prof. Gibb Schreffler, who has published on the topic almost as much as he has sung it on board ships and at chantey sings around the USA.

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Gibb has dug deep into the source material around chanteys in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for his book and articles on the subject. We also know him from chanteying at Mystic Seaport, among other gatherings. We’re looking forward to digging deep into this tradition and details with Gibb!

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Dr. Gibb Schreffler

Dr. Gibb Schreffler is Associate Professor of Music at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He is known as a scholar for his extensive work in two subject areas: The work-songs of 19th-century maritime laborers, and Vernacular music and dance of South Asia’s Punjab region. In his work on chanties, Gibb combines historical research, performance, and sailing to seek new insights and revise conventional wisdom. Among his work on chanties is his book, “Boxing the Compass: A Century and a Half of Discourse About Sailors’ Chanties” (Loomis House Press, 2018) and the article “The Execrable Term: A Contentious History of Chanty” (American Speech, 2017). His book “Dhol: Drummers, Identities, and Modern Punjab” (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2021) brings together two decades’ work documenting the lives of traditional drummers in India and Pakistan.

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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