The 10th Annual Maritime Performance Series at the Calvert Marine Museum begins on Friday, September 27. This season promises an eclectic mix of traditional music ranging from sweet harmonies to foot stomping jigs. Performances are in the museum’s Harms Gallery starting at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. with beer and wine for sale. Tickets are $20 online at bit.ly/MaritimeConcerts, and $25 at the door, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, September 27 – BUMPER JACKSONS
Bumper Jacksons paint America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78s, Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. The group began as a duo, and in five short years, grew to a brassy six-piece band with horns and pedal steel. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” and “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps. This performance is supported by the Maryland Arts Council Touring Program.
Friday, October 18 – STEPHEN WADE
Award-winning musician and author Stephen Wade explores how traditional performers reinvent songs, tunes, and stories. Now in the act of putting their hands on a traditional tune, gifted players transform it while connecting to its history and to their own communities. A Grammy-nominated recording artist and writer, Wade is best known for his long-running stage performances of Banjo Dancing and On the Way Home. The Washington Post writes of his work, “Wade is a master of creating compelling narratives that entertain and inform.”
Friday, October 25 – HANNEKE CASSEL BAND
This performance is presented in partnership with the Celtic Society of Southern Maryland. The Hanneke Cassel Band features Tristan Clarridge on cello and Keith Murphy on guitar/vocals. Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher, and composer whose style is a blend of the contemporary and traditional. Multi-instrumentalist, five-time Grand National Fiddle Champion, and pioneering cellist, Tristan Clarridge creatively synthesizes traditional folk influences with elements of jazz, rock, and pop music, and is leading a revolution among young cellists throughout the USA. Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy is a proficient multi-instrumentalist. He applies considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued band member and highly sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion. This performance is sponsored in part by the Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill, Solomons. Tickets are $30 at the door and discounts are available online at cssm.org/tickets.
Friday, November 15 – KNUCKLE DUSTERS
The Knuckle Dusters have performed traditional old-time fiddle, swing, ragtime, country, blues, and hillbilly-jazz music for diverse audiences across the Mid-Atlantic States. While some bands are “jam” bands, the Knuckle Dusters just might be America’s best “museum band”, with performances at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC; the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia; and the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The Knuckle Dusters are colorful characters with a deep repertoire matched only by their miles of musical experience.
Friday, November 29 – TIMOTHY SEAMAN
Timothy Seaman delivers a special Thanksgiving weekend treat for the family. Seaman is a master of the hammered dulcimer, creating cascades of beautiful sound. Every selection is introduced in a manner that creates a meaningful context, enriching the experience of listening. His musical genre is a vibrant self-style blend of Appalachian, classical, Celtic, and contemporary approaches. He also plays the flute, whistle, mountain dulcimer, vocals, and psaltery. In anticipation of the Christmas season, listen for a few favorite carols rendered in new and stirring ways to usher in the holidays.
For more information on the Maritime Performance Series, please contact 410-326-2042, ext. 45 or email Laura.Cole@calvertcountymd.gov.