Of music and lighthouses and restoration…

by on 19/10/10 at 9:57 pm

There are quite a few happenings in the maritime music world this time of year, and thought I’d take you to one down in Ilwaco, WA;  down in that very lovely and rugged southwest part of the state.  Usually this time of year, folkies troop down to the annual Shanty Camp at Fort Columbia State Park, but instead, this year they are hosting a fundraiser for the North Head Lighthouse at Fort Columbia State Park. 

The North Head Lighthouse, Ilwaco, WA. Photo Courtesy Lighthousefriends.com.

The lighthouse was built in 1896 to mark the entrance of the Columbia River, and was built a couple of miles north of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse due to the fact that mariners coming from the north could not see the Cape Disappointment light until they were nearly at the river’s entrance. It is reputed to be one of the windiest places in the US, with some measured wind speeds at 126 mph.  It seems life there was too much for one lighthouse keeper’s wife, and in 1923 threw herself to her death off of the nearby cliff. Maybe it is haunted…cool if it was. 

Steven Wood, the Interpretive Specialist at Cape Disappointment and the lighthouse Operations Manager points out that although the Coastguard did restoration in the seventies, the onslaught of the elements has not been kind to the lighthouse and it’s companion buildings.  Now, as restoration technology has improved, there is much more that can be done to bring back “this true gem among Pacific Northwest lighthouses”.  The Washington State Parks and the Friends of the North Head Lighthouse are trying to increase awareness of what needs to be done.

But wait…what about the music!  Three great acts will be performing. Hank Cramer, Matthew Moeller and Mary Garvey.  These folks are really worth your time if you are in the area!  The beautiful rustic auditorium at Fort Columbia is a perfect setting to sit back and drink in the music, stories and history, all for a great cause. 

I include some audio clips of them for your perusal. 

Bandon Light      One More Pull    Tall Trees 

Here is the concert info, and also other cool maritime events happening closer to home. 

Help Us Save the North Head Lighthouse
Fort Columbia State Park Auditorium
Sunday, October 24th 7-8:30pm
$10 suggested donation
FMI: (360)642-3029 

Sea Music Fest
Saturday, Oct 23, 10:00 am to 4 pm
Armory Building at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle 

Free! Hear six different maritime music acts while shopping for used books, rummage, CDs, maritime collectibles. Mariide, Jon Pfaff, Chris Roe, Dan Roberts, J.W. Sparrow, Tugboat Bromberg. 

Sponsored by Discovery Modelers Education Center & Maritime Folknet. Proceeds go to heritage programs. For more information: 206-448-0707 or info@maritimefolknet.org (music), 206-282-0985 or discoverymodelers@yahoo.com (sale). 

Tom Lewis in Concert at Northwest Seaport
Northwest Seaport Maritime Concert Series
Saturday, Oct. 30
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St, Seattle WA 98109 

With songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out; Tom Lewis accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele—but it’s that powerful vocal style and infectious humor—that quality of entertaining—which keeps audiences coming back again … and again. 

Admission: $12 General. $10 Seniors, Youths and Members of Northwest Seaport and the Center for Wooden Boats. 

Coffee, tea, baked goods, and more, are available. Maritime music CDs for sale. Hosted by Philip Morgan. For more information: http://www.nwseaport.org or 206-447-9800. 

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing with Philip Morgan, Friday, Nov. 12
Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
8:00 – 10:30 PM
Free! Songs of the sea are easy to learn and fun to sing. All ages welcome. Philip Morgan will be on board as songleader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Philip has a baritone voice of uncommon depth and clarity, and he delivers some of the most memorable, dynamic versions of maritime classics to be heard anywhere. Admission free, donations accepted. Refreshments & maritime CDs for sale. Wayne Palsson host. For more information, (206) 447-9800 or http://www.nwseaport.org 

Holdstock & MacLeod in Concert at Northwest Seaport
Northwest Seaport Maritime Concert Series
Saturday, Nov. 20
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St, Seattle WA 98109 

Holdstock and MacLeod perform authentic renditions of the songs of their homelands. Their harmonies and strong melodic tones resonate with all who have the pleasure of hearing them. Whether performing shanties and other traditional music of the sea or nineteenth century ballads, an evening of music with Holdstock and MacLeod is an extraordinary glimpse into a not-so-distant past. Audiences join in by singing and laughing along to their outrageous songs and stories. 

Admission: $12 General. $10 Seniors, Youths and Members of Northwest Seaport and the Center for Wooden Boats. 

Coffee, tea, baked goods, and more, are available. Maritime music CDs for sale. Hosted by Philip Morgan. For more information: http://www.nwseaport.org or 206-447-9800. 

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing with Wayne Palsson, Friday, Dec. 10
Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109
8:00 – 10:30 PM
Free! Songs of the sea are easy to learn and fun to sing. All ages welcome. Wayne Palsson will be on board as songleader to keep the music rolling, with opportunity for anyone to lead a song or just join in the chorus. Wayne will lead us in some maritime standards as well as a few Gilbert & Sullivan tunes. Admission free, donations accepted. Refreshments & maritime CDs for sale. Wayne Palsson host. For more information, (206) 447-9800 or http://www.nwseaport.org 

The Cutters & Friends Christmas Concert
Northwest Seaport Maritime Concert Series
Saturday, Dec. 11
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1215 Thomas St, Seattle WA 98109 

Ring in the holiday season with a blend of maritime and holiday tunes performed with energy, driving rhythm, and tight harmonies by the Northwest’s favorite family band, with special guest performers, including Tom Rawson. 

Admission: $15 General. $12 Seniors, Youths and Members of Northwest Seaport and the Center for Wooden Boats. 

Coffee, tea, baked goods, and more, are available. Maritime music CDs for sale. Hosted by Philip Morgan. For more information: http://www.nwseaport.org or 206

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