Fourth Annual Voices of the Sea Slated for March 20
This spring, Maine Maritime Museum will be bringing together some of the most talented men and women of the working waterfront to share poetry and songs inspired by life on the ocean for the fourth annual Voices of the Sea.
The event kicks off at 7 pm on March 20, 2015 at Portland Public Library. The performers at Voices of the Sea, men and women who make their living on the coast of Maine, will share their unique and original poetry and song, capturing the spirit of Maine’s fishermen and those who work on the water.
This year’s performers include commercial fisherman and singer/songwriter Jon Campbell from Narragansett, Rhode Island; Frank Gotwals, a Stonington, Maine, lobsterman and musician; Islesford lobsterman Jack Merril; and renowned folk singer/songwriter Gordon Bok, who draws on his experiences working along the Camden waterfront in his youth. Jon, Jack, and Gordon have all performed at the Astoria FisherPoets Gathering, the original fishermen poet event held annually in Oregon since 1998.
Voices of the Sea celebrates the creative side of Maine’s hard-working maritime people, providing a glimpse into the inspiration gleaned from a life on the water.
“I think people often have preconceived notions of fishermen and those working on the waterfront that may not be all that accurate. The real motivation behind putting this event together is to shed light on the people working on the waterfront and to share their stories, experiences, and talents. Through their works they tell about connections with nature and their environment and a mindset of society as seen through their eyes. They often convey a philosophy of lifestyle, a sense of freedom and independence that transcends day-to-day work,” said Jason Morin, Director of Public Programs at Maine Maritime Museum.
Doors will open at 6:30 pm, and a cash bar will be available. Admission is $12 for Maine Maritime Museum members and $15 for nonmembers. Funding support for the fourth annual Voices of the Sea series comes from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.
Tickets are available here.