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Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing Along
(Must be age 18 or older)
Rock Hall's Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
5753 Main Street
Rock Hall, MD 21661
Phone: (410) 639-9133
Join all-star local folk quartet Jennifer Cutting, Riki Schneyer, Craig Williams, and Steve Winick on a raucous romp through centuries of dirty ditties, bawdy ballads and lusty lyrics culled from seaside barrooms and brothels far and wide. Playing retired sailor Long John Skivee (Williams), retired “Lady of Convenience” Lucy Snatch (Schneyer), and rest home caretakers Cornelius “Connie” Lingus (Winick) and Regina Dentata (Cutting), denizens of the "Prostitutes, Entertainers & Navigators Institute of Salvation" (P.E.N.I.S.--pronounced PENN-iss), the foursome presents an ample show of shameless songs that have propelled innocent people to their moral doom from time immemorial. The group's research into dusty archives of depravity and delight will ensure that this isn't just any old bawdy songs show―you're bound to hear refreshingly raunchy songs you've never heard before!
In the low-tech, time-honored tradition of gathering to raise our voices in song, this is community music-making at its best. The audience is absolutely expected to chime in on the choruses of naughty songs that have come down to us from pubs, tall ships, British music halls, the army, the schoolyard, and wherever such songs are sung. No experience necessary!
Jennifer Cutting is a composer and bandleader by family tradition and a musician and ethnomusicologist by training. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in conducting, and developed her passion for folk music through a Master's degree with British folk revival leader A.L. Lloyd, mentor to groups such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. Cutting spent more than ten years as director, composer, arranger and performer with the band The New St. George. She spent a further ten years composing, arranging, playing and producing the outstanding and award-winning CDs OCEAN: Songs for the Night Sea Journey and Song of Solstice, collaborating with international superstars such as Maddy Prior and Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), and John Roberts (Ye Mariners All). She is currently the leader of Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra. She is a multiple award winner in all areas of her musical career.
Riki Schneyer has been singing traditional folksongs all her life. Raised in a musical, artistic, social activist family, she has performed throughout the country, promoting the folk music of the Americas, Britain and France. She has sung everything in American folk music from African-American spirituals to the ballads of southern Appalachia, from broadsides to sea chanties to blues. (And, of course, she loves dirty songs.) She can be heard on numerous recordings, and several film soundtracks, including “The Wobblies,” and is currently finishing a solo album. In moments between songs, she has had a 27 year career as a psychotherapist, from which she has now retired, in order to pursue a second career as a visual artist.
Craig Williams has performed folk, Celtic, and maritime music for over twenty years, both alone and with such accomplished groups as Ironweed. He is best known for his portrayal of Long John Skivee, the singing, guitar-playing first mate of the popular group The Pyrates Royale. For over twenty years, the Pyrates have been delighting and offending audiences with questionable songs of sea-faring debauchery at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville . They also perform at folk and maritime festivals up and down the east coast, and have released many acclaimed CDs of maritime songs.
Steve Winick has been singing traditional British, Irish, American, and French folksongs for many years. He currently performs with Ship's Company Chanteymen, in which he reenacts eighteenth and nineteenth century singing sailors, and with Celtic rock ensemble Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra. He is also in demand as an actor and a master of ceremonies, and has appeared at folk, Celtic and pirate festivals throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Steve is also an ace folksong researcher, with a PhD. In folklore. His first job as a folklorist was transcribing dirty songs for folklore expert Kenneth S. Goldstein, and he never looked back: he currently researches and writes about folk music for the Library of Congress.