St Pete Shanties

St. Pete Shanties sing the songs that sailors, fishermen, and dockworkers sang, primarily during the Age of Sail when billowing sails carried people and cargo around the globe and whalers sailed the oceans in search of riches from the sea.

With a maritime repertoire of mostly traditional songs, the Shanties are not averse to a sprinkling of more contemporary pieces. The Shanties have a special interest in music native to their home state of Florida, which has a rich maritime history.

The St. Pete Shanties began among "live-aboards," sailors living on their boats in the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina. As is the lot of sailors, some sailed away and were replaced by singers attracted by the traditional music of the sea. Still two members of the Shanties live on their boats.

The Shanties have made several recent appearances at Eckerd College, The 100th Anniversary Celebration of the St. Petersburg Parks, repeat visits to the Pinellas Folk Festival, the Will McLean Festival, The Barberville Spring Frolic, Sarasota Folk Club, the UU Dome under the auspices of the Friends of Florida Folk and a number of historical museums. They performed a special events concert, "Songs of the Cotton Triangle," for the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and on the Nantuckets Tall Ship LYNX when docked in St Petersburg.

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