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Mystic Seaport to host Annual Sea Music Festival

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Mystic, CT - Musicians from around the world will come to Mystic Seaport to celebrate the musical traditions of the Golden Age of Sail at the 33rd annual Sea Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 7-10.

The weekend’s festivities include concerts, a storytelling stage, instructional workshops, folk dancing, and a scholar’s symposium. The Festival is the premier sea music event in North America.

In addition to the Mystic Seaport Chantey Staff, scheduled performers include Maryland’s Calico Jack, the groups FUNI from Reykjavik, Iceland and Finest Kind from Ottawa, Canada, Tom Lewis, Lee Murdock, Rick Spencer, The Morgans, the S.S. Chanteens, and Yankee Frolics. Overall, 20 individuals and groups will perform at the Festival.

New for 2012 are a storytelling stage co-sponsored by the Connecticut Storytelling Center and an evening sea music “contra dance,” a style of partnered folk dancing traditional to New England. The storytelling stage will feature gifted storytellers from throughout the region, who will entertain the audience with original stories and folktales from a wide range of sources. The Museum’s Wendell Building will host the stage on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The contra dance will be held Saturday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mystic German Club’s Frohsinn Hall, located directly across the street from the Museum’s main entrance on Route 27. There is an $8 admission fee for the dance.

In addition, the annual Music of the Sea Symposium, hosted in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. The Symposium, which features presentations of themed papers by some of the country’s leading maritime music scholars, explores the interaction between sea, music and song. The Friday session will be held from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. on the Avery Point campus and is free to the public. The Symposium continues Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Greenmanville Church on the grounds of Mystic Seaport. Museum admission is required (free for members). For further details and a list of Symposium presenters and topics, visit www.mysticseaport.org/smfsymposium.

All workshops and daytime concerts in the Festival are included in regular Mystic Seaport admission. Museum admission is good for two days upon ticket validation (visit must be made within one week of purchase date). Special tickets are required for evening concerts and can be purchased by calling 860.572.0711, or at the Museum’s main entrance. Weekend passes are also available. College students will be admitted into the Festival for the youth rate upon presentation of a current student ID.

For more information, including ticket packages, musicians’ bios, and a schedule of performances, visit www.mysticseaport.org/seamusicfestival.

This event is made possible by the Friends of the Sea Music Festival, who raise funds each year to generously support sea music at Mystic Seaport.

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