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Monthly Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along

June 4, 2 pm4 pm.
SSSM Chanteys

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music series Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music––the original NYC Chantey Sing––continues on the 1885 tall ship Wavertree, NYC. The June event will be hosted by Lafayette Matthews, a queer folk musician with a specialty in the history of queerness in traditional sailing as reflected in historical songs. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to attend and can lead or request a maritime work song or ballad. The program will offer a round-robin where anyone can sing and share a chantey of their choice that will be heard by all, join in the choruses throughout the event, or just listen. Registration is encouraged for this free event.

Before and after the Chantey Sing, participants are invited to take advantage of Pay What You Wish General Admission to the Seaport Museum. General Admission includes access to three gallery exhibitions at 12 Fulton Street as well as a walk through Wavertree at whatever price is right for you––the full ticket price, free in-person admission, or any amount in between.

Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs, and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news—all were part of the repertoire onboard.


12 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038 United States