Songs of Ships and Sailors
a book talk and performance with Castlebay
Tuesday, May 17, 7 – 8 PM ET
Whether you're a sailor, a singer, or just a lover of New England lore, you'll love the ballads and broadsides featured in Bygone Ballads from Maine Vol.1-Songs of Ships & Sailors. Julia Lane & Fred Gosbee of Castlebay spent over a decade researching and found a wealth of songs, stories and folkways from the Celtic tradition here in Maine archived in collections, recordings and even genealogies across the state. Join us
as they relate their research and how they uncovered several thousand songs and ballads from Maine’s past and perform a few of their favorites!
About the speakers/performers: Castlebay has been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987. Members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved, sung and researched
traditional music for most of their lives. Treating audiences to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic, their concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane's ethereal soprano and Gosbee's rich baritone. Although they are known for their arrangements of traditional music, Gosbee and Lane also compose their own musical works, many of which have their roots in the Celtic tradition, and they have released 27 recordings including both original and traditional songs. Lane grew up in New Hampshire and Maine, graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, and studied in Oxford, England. She has studied piano, classical and flamenco guitar, voice, and is self-taught player of the Celtic folk harp. Gosbee grew up in Maine and studied at the University of Maine. Fully conversant with several instruments, he currently sings and plays classic and 12-string guitar, viola, fiddle, and woodwinds, and is a skilled technician and woodworker. Their website is www.castlebay.net.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Location: online via Zoom.