Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contacts: Jeff Holland / 410 295-0104 / firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 17, 2008
Calico Jack to perform at Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Summertime Maritime Concert Series
Calico Jack will perform at the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s free Summertime Maritime Concert series on Wednesday, July 30, at the museum campus in Eastport, and again at noon on Thursday, July 31, at Annapolis City Dock near the Market House.
Calico Jack is actually the dynamic folk duo of Janie Meneely and Paul DiBlasi, whose new album “You Don’t Know Jack” was released this spring. Singer/songwriter Janie Meneely delves deep into the well of Chesapeake lore to produce songs evocative of the waterman’s way of life, featuring Bay characters, places and history. Her nautically inspired tunes have been recorded by artists throughout the country. Paul DiBlasi adds a vast repertoire of classic work songs to the group along with a flair for the guitar.
“Sometimes sober, sometimes saucy, they slide easily between old and new,” says Annapolis Maritime Museum Director Jeff Holland. Janie's strong regional roots have led her to develop a hefty list of Bay-inspired songs, but her ditties are just as apt to poke fun at time-honored traditions. Paul's mastery of classic sea chanteys will have an audience singing along in no time. Their voices blend together beautifully.” Calico Jack released its first CD of Bay music, “The Oyster Wife,” in 2006.
The Wednesday concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located at 723 Second Street on the banks of Back Creek. Beer and wine are available for a nominal donation.
The Thursday concert starts at noon at the Annapolis City Dock from the deck of the Museum’s skipjack Lydia D docked by the Alex Haley Memorial near the Market House. Again admission is free; the audience is welcome to bring seating.
The museum’s summer concert series has won an award for Best Heritage Event by Four Rivers, the Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County, and one concert has been featured on the NBC Today Show. The series is made possible by generous support of the members of the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the City of Annapolis, City of Annapolis Department of Economic Development, Four Rivers Heritage Area, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the Maryland State Arts Council, Weems & Plath, Davis’ Pub, Anston House Press, and other supporters.
For a complete schedule of performers, additional information and directions, see the Museum web site at www.AnnapolisMaritimeMuseum.org.
August 6/7 - Mack Bailey
Nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Mack Bailey is Mack Bailey is no stranger to Annapolis audiences. Many remember his vibrant solo performances on area stages and his countless appearances with the Hard Travelers. These days he’s also performing nationally with The Limeliters and with members of the original John Denver band in “A Musical Tribute to John Denver.” He’s shared the stage with the likes of Randy Travis, Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins, Tom Paxton and more. Along the way he’s managed to produce eight solo albums. His smooth tenor voice continues to win fans whenever he sings, and his impressive range of original songs touch the hearts of his listeners and tickle their funny bone.
August 13/14 - Geoff Kaufman
For the past 28 years, Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor and beauty in folk music. Whether he’s singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter, or environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Geoff has entertained and touched audiences near and far. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit—all of these are in Geoff Kaufman’s ditty bag and are likely to be woven into one of Geoff’s concerts. And he is sure to invite the audience to sing along.
August 20 - Chester River Run-Off
Chester River Runoff plays music that is continuously evolving from their inception in the fall of 2004 when four young musicians from divergent musical backgrounds decided to master the driving bluegrass that they all had loved. Together they have established a country bluegrass sound that echoes in the wide open spaces of the Chesapeake, carrying it to venues and radio airwaves across the region. They have grown from a small-town string band that relied more on humor than prowess, to a dynamic bluegrass band. With a confluence of styles and interests that flow together, they continue to develop a style that is all their own. High energy shows, and their ability to connect with an audience through sincere originals and unique takes on traditional music make a CRR concert a memorable experience.
August 21 - Don Shappelle
Don Shappelle, singer/songwriter from the Susquehanna river shed, sings songs inspired by the beauty and history of the Susquehanna, the people, boats and places of the mighty river that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. "Listening to him singing from aboard a traditional Chesapeake Bay workboat is an especially appropriate setting for his body of work," explains Annapolis Maritime Museum Director Jeff Holland. He will perform solo for the Thursday noon concert.
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