Sea Chanteys, Forebitters and Work Tunes

Hands-on working chanteys, shipboard forebitters, immigrant ballads of life at sea, original songs of New England maritime history, tall tales of pirates and shipwrecks, sailors' hornpipes, capstan jigs and even a traditional ship's Fufu band: the GH&CS can float your boat from dockside to dogwatch for a traditional seaside family day.

Our lead chantey singer Lynn Noel has shipped on tall ships and transatlantic cruise lines, participated in international sea music festivals and symposia, captained the Boston Folk Festival Chanteyboat, leads the monthly MIT Chantey and Maritime Sing, and moderates the Northeast Chanteysings Yahoo! group, providing an online calendar of maritime music from Maryland to Maine.

Band members research and compose nautical songs for local sites and events, and bring to life unpublished tunes from the sailing era. Nancy Koch's waltz, Message in a Bottle, provided music for the soundtrack of the video documentary Legacy: Shipbuilders, Fishermen and the Age of the Gloucester schooners.

Sea Music Venues

  • Boston Harborfest on Georges Island

  • Salem Maritime Festival

  • Gloucester Schooner Festival

  • Salem Waterfront National Park

  • Schooner Ernestina

  • Neponset River Festival

  • Quincy Antique Boat Show

  • New England Aquarium

  • U.S.S. Constitution Museum

  • Friends of Boston Harbor Islands

Sea Music Samples

LISTEN • The Diamond

LISTEN • Message in a Bottle