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Maritime Folknet presents a Free, online Concert…

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
1:00pm – 3:00pm PDT

Sing the Bay Fantastic: A musical tour of the Chesapeake Bay by Janie Meneely and Rob van Sante

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Listen to Janie Meneely tell and sing about the Chesapeake waterfront, where she grew up! 

Her songs and stories will introduce us to some of the people who “work the water” and offer a glimpse into a rapidly disappearing way of life. Her writing highlights the “human ecology” of the Bay.  Whether she sings about skipjacks or the oyster wars, heroes or reprobates, Janie’s love for her native waters shines through with sensitivity, often laced with humor. Supported by her husband, master guitarist Rob van Sante, she brings the Chesapeake Bay to life.

If you sign up to join the zoom session we will email you to confirm your space, and then send you the link a few days in advance. The event will also be broadcast live on YouTube for those not in the zoom with Janie and Rob. (zoom attendees might appear in the YouTube broadcast and recording of this event).


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.

Her 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. Most recently she has been able to collaborate with van Sante, whose penchant for strong melodies adds vibrant support to her lyrics. They currently make their home on the North Sea shore in Whitby, U.K.

Her website: www.janiemeneely.com

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