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Sign for the Pelican Inn, painted by Scott LeslieAnnual Boxing Day Show

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 2:30 pm
Pelican Inn
10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA

Our Boxing Day show comes but once a year. Ancient wassails and carols in an authentic English country setting, the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach. Brunch, beer, pub grub and singing along with songs you don't hear much around Christmas, but should.

Here's a review of our Boxing Day show in 2007:
http://blog.chloeveltman.com/2007/12/boxing-day-shanties.html

 

 

 

 

Photo of ship at SF Maritime by RL JohnsonSan Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Sea Music Festival

Saturday, August 25, 2012
9:30 am to 5 pm
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
San Francisco, CA

"Salty Walt" Askew will be performing along with many favorites including Tom Lewis, The Johnson Girls, Celeste Bernardo, Holdstock and MacLeod, Shay Black, Hank Cramer and Brian Maskew, Amelia Hogan, The Barbary Ghosts, Kasin and Adrianowicz, and Dan Milner, just to name a few.

Start the day off right at 10:30 am on the Balclutha, where Walt will be the chanteyman for a capstan demonstration and sail-raising.

Walt will perform again at 12 noon on the Eureka in a workshop on African American and West Indies songs, along with The Johnson Girls, Kasin and Adrianowicz, and Holdstock and MacLeod.

More information can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/seamusicfestival2012.htm

 

 

 

Sign for the Pelican Inn, painted by Scott LeslieSalty Boxing Day Show

UPDATE: We've been asked back for December 26, 2012, so save the date!

Monday, December 26, 2011, 2:00 pm
Pelican Inn
10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA

Our annual Boxing Day show comes but once a year. Ancient wassails and carols in an authentic English country setting, the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach. Brunch, beer, pub grub and singing along with songs you don't hear much around Christmas, but should.

Here's a review of our Boxing Day show in 2007:
http://blog.chloeveltman.com/2007/12/boxing-day-shanties.html

 

 

 

Front of the ship Balclutha photographed by David Paul Ohmer30 Year Celebration
SF Maritime Chantey Sing

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Hyde St. Pier

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
San Francisco, CA

Daytime Performances 11:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Evening Chantey Sing: 8:00 pm to midnight

We will be performing during the day on Hyde Street Pier from 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm as part of the 30 year celebration of the San Francisco Maritime NHP monthly chantey sing.  (We will be "midpier.")

There will be a bunch of other fun performers that day including our friends Amelia Hogan, Nathalie Reginster, Tara deMoulin, Alice Watts & Billy Higgins, Melani Van Petten and Sarah Brody, David Lovine, Peter Kasin and Richard Adrianowicz, Skip Henderson, Malcom Rigby, Celeste Bernardo, Riggy Rackin, Shay Black, Holdstock and Macleod, Dogwatch Nautical Band, Brass Farthing and the Barbary Ghosts!

Come out for the day and stay for the evening chantey sing on the Eureka. You really don't want to miss this.

More information can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/safr/parknews/thirtysing.htm.

 

 

 

Blackbeard's Ball

Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Oakland Metro Opera House

630 3rd Street, Oakland CA

Doors open at 8 pm, show from 9:30 pm to 2 am.

Abney Park and Swing Goth have teamed up for a pirate-themed ball with two rooms of pirate mayhem and Steampunk goodness.  We are excited to be part of it: singing chanties in the "Boat Yards" room.

More info and advance ticket sales here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/153522
($20 Early Bird, $22 regular pre-sale, $25 at the door.)

 

 

 

Chicago Maritime Festival

Saturday, February 26th, 2011.

Chicago Harbor LighthouseI'm pleased to be attending the Chicago Maritime Festival, February 26th, as a special guest.  (Don't worry, it's indoors.) 

I'm really looking forward to catching the Belize Culture and Heritage Association. Belize is one of those places that still have working sailors using songs to help them raise sail and load cargo. I can't wait to hear what they've got to offer us!

Also performing are Bob Walser, Cindy Kallet, William Pint & Felicia Dale, Tom & Chris KastleBounding Main, David H.B. Drake, the Hard Tackers Shanty Team, and the Great Lakes Navy Band. Some of these folks are heavy hitting scholars; Heck, Bob's been to the "Isle of lost Chanteys" and he's brought back a bag of them for you to learn and make new favorites.

The only thing that would make it better would be if Dan, Griff, and Jon were able to come with me!  It's always a wonderful festival.  If you are near Chicago in February, you should really make an effort to come out for it. Heck, as long as you're not in Florida you should come and see it! It looks like there's a bunch of sea chantey related stuff going on there all February.  http://www.chicagomaritimefestival.org for more details.

Below is a YouTube video of Rick Spencer and me performing together at the Festival last year. 

 

 

 

 

Sign for the Pelican Inn, painted by Scott LeslieWassails at the Pelican Inn

Boxing Day, Sunday, December 26th, 2010.

Not enough olde English charm this Christmas? 

Need an escape from all those "clever" modern versions of once-loved carols? 

Remember, the true spirit of the season was once drinking while roving from door to door and threatening neighbors with apples. Is that where you are on the 26th? 

Come join Salty Walt & the boys (& a gal too) for an afternoon of musical escape in an enchanting venue: a real English country pub by Muir Beach.  3 pm till, well, we'll do a couple of sets and see where we're at.... 

The Pelican Inn does a lovely Sunday Brunch, and we'll be joined by Doug Olsen of Oak, Ash & Thorn for the sort of singing (and singing along) that lightens the spirit in this season of high expectations. Ancient country music about surviving the winter and drinking. Expect to have a few pints and sing along.

Go to http://www.pelicaninn.com for directions, or click here for a Google map.

 

 

 

Poster for Salty Walt & The Rattlin' Ratlines performanceSan Francisco Maritime Museum Sea Music Concert Series

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 8 pm

The Barbary Ghosts will be opening for us on this rare double bill with the new generation of sea music performers. Salty Walt & The Rattlin' Ratlines will be doing a mix of authentic chanteys as well as some more modern arrangements. We are quite pleased to be asked to this prestigious concert series. For more information:
http://www.nps.gov/safr/concertseriesfall2010.htm

I'm looking forward to seeing you all . . . .

 

 

 

Salty Walt & the Rattlin' Ratlines Boxing Day Show

Saturday, December 26, 2009, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Salty Walt & the Rattlin' Ratlines, Jody Richarson, and Doug Olsen, present a special Boxing Day performance at the Pelican Inn at Muir Beach.

Ancient wassails and carols in an authentic English country setting. Brunch, beer, pub grub and singing along with songs you don't hear much around Christmas, but should.

Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way Muir Beach, CA

Here's a review of our Boxing Day show in 2007:
http://blog.chloeveltman.com/2007/12/boxing-day-shanties.html

 

Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport

June 11-14, 2009

Great News! I'll be appearing at the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport. This year is the 30th Anniversary of one of the most prestigious events of its kind. Come and listen to performers like Louis Killen, or Stan Hugill's sons Martin and Phillip on the grounds of a beautiful 19th Century whaling village. Or listen to the Seaport staff using chanteys onboard of 19th C. ships at the work they were intended. For more information: www.mysticseaport.org/seamusicfestival