Maritime and Nautical Music

Lynn Noel aboard schooner Roseway

Roseway is one of only six surviving original Essex schooners, and now calls Boston her home port. Hear her story on the band CD Liberty!

Sea Chanteys and Forebitters

Hands-on working chanteys, shipboard forebitters, immigrant ballads of life at sea, original songs of New England maritime history, tall tales of pirates and shipwrecks, and even a traditional ship's Fufu band: the GH&CS can float your boat from dockside to dogwatch for a traditional seaside family day.

Our lead chantey singer Lynn Noel has shipped on tall ships and transatlantic cruise lines, participated in international sea music festivals and symposia, captained the Boston Folk Festival Chanteyboat, leads the monthly MIT Chantey and Maritime Sing, and moderates the Northeast Chanteysings Yahoo! group, providing an online calendar of maritime music from Maryland to Maine.

Band members research and compose nautical songs for local sites and events, and bring to life unpublished tunes from the sailing era. In 2000, the band provided music for the soundtrack of the video documentary Legacy: Shipbuilders, Fishermen and the Age of the Gloucester schooners.  

Sea Music Venues

  • Boston Harborfest on Georges Island
  • Salem Maritime Festival
  • Gloucester Schooner Festival
  • Salem Waterfront National Park
  • Schooner Ernestina
  • Neponset River Festival
  • Quincy Antique Boat Show
  • New England Aquarium
  • U.S.S. Constitution Museum

Sea Music Samples

LISTEN •  The Diamond

LISTEN •  Message in a Bottle

To book The Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society, purchase recordings, or join our mailing list, call David "Doc" Rosen at 617-522-7020, or send an email using the form on our Home page.