Annapolis Maritime Museum / 723 Second St / Annapolis, MD 21403
Contact: Jeff Holland / 410-295-0104
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 9, 2011
Annapolis Maritime Museum presents Tom Kastle in concert, Sunday, March 27, 201
The Annapolis Maritime Museum presents Great Lakes Balladeer Tom Kastle in concert in the Buch & Marsha Buchanan Bay Room of the historic McNasby Oyster Company building on Sunday, March 27, from 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Musician and storyteller Tom Kastle has spent a lifetime touring the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the British Isles and Europe, offering songs and stories of the Great Lakes region he calls home. No stranger to water or the seafaring life, he has worked aboard the Hudson River sloop Clearwater and captained various tall ships on the Great Lakes (including the schooners Windy and Inland Seas and the square topsail sloop Friends Good Will). For two decades he toured as half of Tom & Chris Kastle, producing a dozen recordings and a sound track for PBS. These days he travels as a solo artist, with one foot in the singer/songwriter world where his original songs run from the romantic to the nautical (his ballad “Cold Winds” has been covered by performers in the U.S., England and the Netherlands). His other foot is firmly planted in the maritime world where he is a working chantyman and a Coast Guard licensed captain. The man knows what he’s singing about!
Now he has released a solo CD, Tommy’s Gone to Hilo, featuring songs that go back through many generations, a couple of contemporary ballads (including a C. Fox Smith poem) and Tom’s own ballads “Cold Winds” and “Dancin’ Jimmy Owen.” Lilli Kuzma of Folk Festival WDCB-FM Radio writes: “With his solo recording and original songs, Tom Kastle shows further dimensions to his talent and range of material. His resonant voice, heartfelt lyrics and solid instrumentation prove he is a more ‘grounded’ talent, as capable at writing about the open road as he is about the open waters.”
Tom’s performances offer a glimpse into a world not so far from our own here on the Chesapeake Bay -- a world at once ravaged by stormy seas and confounded by the vagaries of development. His lyrics are underscored by strong vocals and solid guitar work, as well as his keen understanding of life at sea then and now.
Tom will be performing at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Sunday, March 27, beginning at 7 p.m. The museum is located at 723 Second Street in Annapolis. The show begins at 7 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be served. A $15 suggested donation will be collected at the door. From Annapolis City Dock, take Compromise Street across the Spa Creek Bridge, turn left onto Severn Avenue, right onto Second Street, and follow signs to nearby parking at Horn Point Harbor Marina. For further information, call 410-295-0104 or visit www.amaritime.org.