always knew he was good, I was not quite prepared for HOW good." 24
years in the British Royal Navy, "provides him with that vitally
authentic stance with which to tackle nautical song" Living
Tom Lewis' repertoire from traditional
shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background --
casts his audience off for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and
humorous. Now residing in the Canadian Rockies, Tom was born in
Northern Ireland and that Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear,
strong voice. Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulel --
but it's that powerful vocal style and infectious humor, that quality
of entertaining -- which keeps audiences coming back again ... and
This dynamic new
folk duo from Annapolis hits the deck with maritime music old and new: Janie
Meneely and Paul DiBlasi are sheer delight! Sometimes
sober, sometimes saucy, they slide easily between old and new.
Meneely's strong regional roots have led her to develop a hefty list of
Bay-inspired songs, but her ditties are just as apt to poke fun at
time-honored traditions. A veteran chanteyman with the colorful Pyrates
Royale, DiBlasi can send his mellow baritone over the deck and back. He
brings a vast repertoire of classic work songs to the group.
Singer/songwriter Janie Meneely (whose own soprano voice, she says,
"carries pretty well") has shared the stage with Them Eastport Oyster
Boys and, before that, Crab Alley. Her Bay-inspired ballads and
nautical tunes have been recorded by artists throughout the country.
DiBlasi's mastery of classic forebitters and chanteys will have an
audience singing along in no time. Hear the happy results of Calico
Jack’s collaboration on their new CD, The Oyster Wife.