Maritime Folknet Programs:

Workshops & Presentations

Workshops and presentations on various maritime music topics, offered for free or low cost to the public and usually led by people from or with a strong connection to the Pacific Northwest.  2-3/year. Workshop leaders are paid for their time  and we offer – for those that want it – training to take the step to performing professionally: stagecraft, song choice, stage presence, sound systems, etc.

Music CDs: Northwest Tugboat Tales, Tales from the Bar, Making the Cut, The Songs of Alice Winship

Maritime Folknet has produced four compilation CDs of Northwest songs from maritime acts and songwriters. The songs relate to Northwest maritime history and the current maritime industry. For example, “Making the Cut” arose from a contest to reflect on the Centennary of the Ballard Locks and digging the Lake Washington Ship Canal – winning songs were recorded professionally by a local recording studio. As of 2016 we had distributed about 1,350 copies.  And “The Songs of Alice Winship: From Land to Sea” is the life’s work of our founder, recorded by Northwest musicians.

Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival

Annually each August.  A free, 5- hour music festival in Port Gamble, Washington. The only West Coast festival devoted solely to maritime music.

Robert Kotta Memorial Songwriting Contest

Encourages new maritime songs from Northwest songwriters. Extra credit for songs that celebrate today’s Northwest maritime industry. Winners get cash prizes. Location: Open to anyone. Winners may perform at the Port Gamble festival. Contest entry: Free.

Yule Tide Concert

Annual concert celebrating the winter season, the holiday season, and of course maritime music.  Early December and made available both in-person and over zoom (ticketed event).