Come Sail Away to the Tune of Ancient Sea Shanties of the Caribbean with the Barrouallie Whalers: Thursday, June 17th (8:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
Listen to the Barrouallie Whalers.
The Barrouallie Whalers are an a capella vocal group from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These retired whalers turned troubadours have been traveling across the United States and Europe since 2001, in hopes of keeping their ancient Eastern Caribbean version of the sea shanty alive through its wide-spread exposure to the rest of the world. These folk songs are a staple of the workday for whalers of the region as they sing while toiling away at sea. While some of these tunes are unfamiliar to Western ears, others have developed from the familiar English form of this genre, such as the old standard “Blow the Man Down”.
The Barrouallie Whalers’ on-going tour is the result of a joint project between Dan Lanier, former director of the annual Sea Music Festival held in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut and Vincent Reid of Barrouallie, St, Vincent. In recognition of the historical importance of this Caribbean version of the sea shanty, they formed the Barrouallie Whaler’s Project, Inc. in order to preserve and protect this valuable genre from extinction. These folk songs are also, in part, the subject of a highly authoritative text written by Dr. Roger Abrahams entitled, “Deep the Water, Shallow the Shore. You can learn more about this fascinating vocal ensemble by visiting their web site where you will find, background info, audio samples, and photos, as well as publications and a cd for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a different, rarely performed ethnic version of an old familiar English standard.
When: June 17th, Thursday (8:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
Where: Roxbury Center for the Arts (Hibernian Hall)
Tickets: $20.00 (General Admission) / $15.00 (Seniors 65 + and College/High School Students) / $5.00 (Children Under 16)
More Info: 617-849-6322
Entry filed under: Caribbean, Concerts. Tags: world music Boston Caribbean Saint St. Vincent Grenadines.