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Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival
June 2018 Newsletter
Summer has finally arrived and your Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival Board members are busy finalizing all the details for this year’s 19th annual festival. The dates this year are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29th and 30th and the place as always is downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The festival runs on generous donations from our sponsors and audiences so that all daytime events are free of charge.
This year we are excited to announce the return of many long-time festival favorites and a few newcomers too. Saturday night’s concert will feature David Jones (www.davidjones.ws), originally from England and now living in Leonia, New Jersey, gateway to the golden west. David has a large repertoire of folksong from both sides of the Atlantic. He has performed in North America, Britain, Australia and Europe, singing at festivals, concert halls, clubs, maritime museums and colleges, presenting songs from the great days of sail, Music Hall favorites, traditional ballads, and the works of contemporary writers. He sings both a cappella and with guitar accompaniment and involves his audience in refrains and choruses ranging from boisterous to sentimental.
We’ll also have The Johnson Girls (www.thejohnsongirls.com) an energetic all female a cappella ensemble, performing traditional and contemporary music with an emphasis on songs of the sea and shore with a sound that has been called “exciting”, “haunting” and “uplifting”. The Johnson Girls give powerhouse performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.,” the Johnson Girls give powerhouse performances that bring audiences to their feet wherever they go.
Lastly, new to the festival this year, Tim Eriksen (timeriksenmusic.com). Steeped in maritime music, Tim is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound.
Remember, these performers can all be seen and heard throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday at our many small venues. Additional entertainers include many long time festival favorites (and a few fresh faces and voices) like Spizer and Mareva, Jeff Warner, Craig Edwards, John Roberts, Ken Schatz, Anayis Wright, London Julie, Two Old Friends, Gina Dunlap, Mudhook, and Great Bay Sailor.
One last early announcement that you’ll want to jot down: We will be having a fundraiser for the festival on Tuesday, June 26th (4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) at Flatbread Company Pizza on 138 Congress Street, in Portsmouth. Portions of all Pizza sale proceeds, both dining in and take out, will be donated to the PMFF. We’ll also be having a silent auction and raffle for numerous donated gift baskets that evening as well. Be sure to stop by, lend your support and get yourself charged up for festival weekend!
Keep watching for more newsletters as the festival time draws ever closer. And buff up your shanties! E-mailed newsletters from the PMFF are sent to those who sign up at the website.
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PMFF is a registered 501(c)(3) under the umbrella of CDSS, the Country Dance and Song Society [www.cdss.org]. As such, donations to our organization may be declared as charitable contributions. For more on our status, send questions via return email, and they will be forwarded on to our Treasurer.
Volunteers: we rely on our cheerful volunteers, and will be sending out a request for your help later in the summer. If you think you’d like to spend a couple of hours helping out during the festival, we’d love to have you join us! Please contact: Volunteer Coordinator Gina Dunlap at [email protected]
Website updates: A new website is being readied for launch by the end of June. Performers and general Schedule will appear there, with the detailed schedule arriving in September. Until then, the legacy website is there, with last year’s schedule for reference.
PMFF website: pmffest.org
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As the 18th Annual Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival draws near, we are thankful for the restaurants and pubs who offer important space for our performers and sessions:
Thirsty Moose Taphouse - Portsmouth
Portsmouth Gas Light Co.
Ri Ra Portsmouth
Portsmouth Book and Bar
We're also thankful for your help underlining our thanks to these silent Festival partners when you spend your food and drink dollars at these fine establishments.
Keeping the staff and the barkeeps happy is a good investment in the long life of our dear Festival going forward!
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