New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus

Sunday, September 8th, 4:00 pm

The Meeting House, 3850 Main Road, Tiverton Four Corners, RI 02878

$10.00 in advance purchase online or at box office, call (401-624-2600) to reserve, or $15.00 at the door (Credit/Debit cards accepted)


The Four Corners Arts Center is pleased to present New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus on Sunday, September 8thth, 4:00 pm  at The Meeting House.  


Tickets are available online at FourCornersArts.org or through the box office.  Tuesday and Thursday from 9-2 at the Arts Center, 3852 Main Road Tiverton, RI 02878.


The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus will make landfall with a boatload of musical treasures at the Four Corners Arts Center.


The 35-member chorus began in 2001 to sing and enjoy music of our local maritime heritage and has since conducted a voyage of exploration leading to many historical and musical connections.


Their repertoire, both lusty and melodic, reflects our great maritime culture, collected from a variety of domestic ports of call and coastal cultures from across the oceans, echoes Yankee whalermen, fisherfolk and the global merchant fleet with additional, historic and contemporary songs from far-flung sources. 


This year’s program also reflects New England’s musical and poetic ties to Old England with a selection of tunes first heard in the 17th and 18th centuries, to include Sir Thomas Ravenscroft’s “We Be Three Poor Mariners,” Vaughn-Williams’ arrangement of the traditional “Down Among the Dead Men” and an 18th century drinking song, “The Roast Beef of Old England.”  


Accompaniment features recorders, violin, bass viol, accordion, concertina, and various percussion played by Chorus members.  Special guest, Wendell Bishop, will join this ensemble playing the serpent, the 18th century precursor of our modern tuba.


Well known to audiences in southeastern Massachusetts, the Chorus has appeared at Sandywoods Arts Center, Mystic Seaport, the Salem National Historic Site, Gloucester, and represented the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey at the celebration of Capt. Robert Bartlett in Newfoundland. Their CD, “Lovely Ernestina”, is a perennial leading seller for Whaling City Records.